Flying start for the Axminster Tigers

Axminster Town Reserves

Axminster Town Reserves - Credit: Andrew Graham

It has been an inspired start to the season for Axminster Town, adding to their league form with a derby victory at Ottery St Mary in the Walter C Parson Cup. 

While Axminster boss Dan Prettejohn will understandably focus on a strong campaign in the Peninsula League, cup runs are also welcome in terms of form, momentum and possible silverware. 

The Tigers booked themselves a home game against Cornish outfit St Dennis in the next round with a 2-1 triumph, which all started when good work from Richard Hebditch provided room for Josh Wadham to execute a delightful chip. 

The Otters, who have been excellent on their return to this level in the football pyramid, hit back with an equaliser just before half-time but Axminster bagged their win via a Reece McCabe header. 

In the league, Axminster have lost just once and lie fifth in the table, with a home clash against ninth-placed Crediton this weekend. The feelgood factor at Tiger Way can be extended to the Reserves, who beat Kentisbeare 3-2 in a cracking game on Saturday, thanks to goals from Jamie Barfoot, Dan Scadeen and Ryan Vickery. 


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The happy football vibe in East Devon can also be extended to Feniton, who, despite a narrow loss to Newtown in the League Cup, have enjoyed a positive start to life in the Devon Football League, winning two and one draw from their opening games. Feniton, in third, host fourth-placed Alphington on Saturday.  

It was, however, Feniton Women who took centre stage last weekend, qualifying for the next stage of the FA Cup for the first time in their history after a ruthless 12-0 win over Signal Box Oak Villa. Fenny will travel to Bideford Women in the next round. 

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Back to the Fenny men, and the second-team were equally emphatic in their 9-3 win at Honiton 2nds, with Oscar Dennison and Tom Kirsch both bagging hat-tricks in an awesome attacking display. Feniton’s Development side also secured a win, triumphing 4-2 at Beacon Knights. 

Axminster Town Reserves

Axminster Town Reserves - Credit: Andrew Graham


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