Axminster Town continue to show improvement

PUBLISHED: 14:29 04 October 2011

Axminster Town may well have suffered another defeat when going down at Exeter University but there were a number of huge plusses to take from the game.

Tigers boss Ray Self said: “When you are in the sort of run we’re in, to win a half of football and with a clean sheet is certainly a big step in the right direction. We actually gave as good as we got, and then better than that, for much of the game, but paid a heavy price for five late first half minutes of poor defending. But I saw plenty to suggest we are continuing to make game by game improvement.”

The first quarter of the game was even-steven before the Students took a 25th minute lead. However, that seemed to galvanise the Tigers and they produced some excellent football and were deservedly level in the 35th minute when Joel Seward scored at the far post. However, two identical goals were shipped in the final five minutes of the half leaving the Tigers to troop off 3-1 down. The second half was one dominated by the Tigers to such an extent that they actually ‘won’ the second 45 minutes 1-0 with a goal from new signing Alex Chamberlain, who ran on and clinically finished a delightful through-ball from the impressive Nicky Walsh.

Then, in the closing stages, young Seward spurned a glorious chance that would have seen the Tigers bag a deserved share of the spoils.

Self said: “It’s rather typical of our luck right now that we didn’t take anything for our efforts but we played as well as we have at any stage and the players are putting so much in for the cause right now.”

Next up for the Tigers first team is Saturdays visit to Sidmouth Town for a Devon Premier Cup East Devon derby:

More encouraging news for Self was the club fielding a Reserve side and, although they went down 3-1 to Dawlish United, they too showed some real promise that better times are just round the corner. Adam Whitehouse netted the Tigers goal.

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