Axminster Town heading towards being Christmas Number One!

PUBLISHED: 08:10 19 December 2012

Beer 2nds at home to Lapford. Photo by Terry Ife ref shsp 5145-49-12TI To order your copy of this photo go to www.sidmouthherald.co.uk and click on myphotos24

Beer 2nds at home to Lapford. Photo by Terry Ife ref shsp 5145-49-12TI To order your copy of this photo go to www.sidmouthherald.co.uk and click on myphotos24

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Axminster Town sit top of the Eastern Division of the South West Peninsula League after a single goal triumph at Alphington.

The Tigers left it late to bank the points and take over top spot, although they had been denied countless times by the impressive Alphas glovesman prior to the 85th minute winner.

After a bland first half in which the hosts had the one good chance to be fashioned, it was the Tigers who began the second half the brighter.

Just five minutes after the re-start Chris Long was felled in the area, but Richie Emmett’s penalty was superbly saved by the home keeper.

The glovesman then made three wonderful saves and looked to have earned his side a share of the spoils when, five minutes from time, Long was on hand to touch the ball home from close range after a goal mouth scramble.

With previous leaders Budleigh thumped 5-1 at home by Appledore, the victory takes Town top on goal difference and they have played two games fewer than the Greenway Lane outfit.

However, the real threat to their top billing comes from still unbeaten Exmouth Town who sit third, one point shy of the Tigers with four games in hand.

On Saturday Town stage the Eastern Division Match of the Day when they tackle Budleigh Salterton.

Another Sector Lane success will ensure that the Tigers are top for Christmas.

Given that twelve short months ago the side were in danger of being cast adrift at the foot of the table, their lofty status is testimony to the outstanding work of Paul Ashford and his team in the past few months.


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