Axminster Town Reserves edged out by Heavitree Social United

PUBLISHED: 15:34 11 December 2012

Feniton at home to Clyst Valley. Photo by Terry Ife ref mhsp 5662-50-12TI To order your copy of this photograph go to www.midweekherald.co.uk and click on myphotos24

Feniton at home to Clyst Valley. Photo by Terry Ife ref mhsp 5662-50-12TI To order your copy of this photograph go to www.midweekherald.co.uk and click on myphotos24

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Heavitree SC 2 Axminster Town Reserves 1

Table topping Town were edged out and lost top spot to the victors in the process.

The Tigers, with a rearranged line-up due to players being unavailable, began brightly and might have been ahead as early as the fourth minute when Leo Maguire’s shot shaved the cross bar.

In the 11th min Heavitree took the lead with their first venture into the Axminster half following a disputed free-kick, which was nodded in at the far post.

The Tigers cause was not helped by a 25th minute red card for Adam Downes.

Following the sending-off the free-kick was awarded to Town!

Heavitree missed an open goal in the final minute of the first half.

After the break Town began well with a re-organised team, playing with a back three and using the long ball tactic with Richard Challis playing the target-man role up top.

Within six minutes of the re-start the switches paid dividends as Stuart Broom put a through ball for Leigh Beer to run onto and tuck past the advancing keeper. Town then took charge and could, perhaps should, have claimed the lead, but Heavitree gradually got back into the game and they too were guilty of missing opportunities to bag a second.

In the 70th minute Heavitree finally made one of those chances pay to take the lead with what can only be described as a sloppy goal.

With the minutes ticking away Town threw everything at an equaliser without success.

Town boss Alan Beer said: “It’s disappointing to lose the game, but I cannot praise my players enough for the commitment they showed, particularly given that they were forced to play almost 70 minutes a man light.”

On Saturday Town go to fifth placed Chulmleigh.


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