Axminster Tigers better at back to basics

PUBLISHED: 13:45 16 September 2009 | UPDATED: 00:12 16 June 2010

AXMINSTER Town manager Ray Self was left feeling much happier after his side banished the memory of their Friday night horror show at Crediton with a much improved display to defeat Exmouth Town 2-0.

AXMINSTER Town manager Ray Self was left feeling much happier after his side banished the memory of their Friday night horror show at Crediton with a much improved display to defeat Exmouth Town 2-0.

The first half was one that saw the Tigers spend a lot of time weathering an early storm from the visitors.

They were forced into a reshuffle when left back Danny Beer limped out, leaving Tristan Gale to slip back into that slot and young Ben Vine, a recent signing from Ottery St Mary, to be summoned from the bench.

Vine made an instant impression and every time he got on the ball things began to happen for the hosts.

Ten minutes after the break, Vine picked up the ball on the left, beat his marker and struck a superb 30-yard pass that Mark Hancock raced onto and took round the Exmouth keeper before rolling it into the net.

The visitors came back strongly, but Danny Jewell and Mike Hancock were looking very solid as a defensive pairing and it was no more than the home side deserved when they sealed the points with a second goal.

Again young Vine was the instigator and, when he found Alex Wheatley, the ball was played into Dom McAllister, who copied the earlier move of Hancock to round the keeper and slot home.

Self said: "It was very pleasing, most of all to see a clean sheet at last this term. We had asked the lads to get back to basic football, mixing strong and disciplined defending with midfield industry and clinical finishing, and, to a degree, that is what we got."

Next up for the Tigers is Saturday's trip to Newton Abbot Spurs, of which Self says: "It's the sort of game we need to target as winnable."

Self's selection options are greatly enhanced with the return from suspension of central defender Richard Challis and, from injury, Richie Emmett.


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