Axminster Town ship two late goals to draw 3-3 at Budleigh Salterton

PUBLISHED: 07:54 27 August 2014 | UPDATED: 07:54 27 August 2014

Action fro the Axminster Town game at Budleigh Salterton. Picture by Andrew Graham

Action fro the Axminster Town game at Budleigh Salterton. Picture by Andrew Graham


Axminster Town were hit by two late goals in their East Devon derby at Budleigh Salterton leaving Gary McCauley’s team having to settle for a share of the spoils in a 3-3 draw.

There was just the one goal scored in a closely contested first half with Budleigh holding a 1-0 lead at the break.

Early in the second half Ben Turner netted a deserved equaliser from close range and 15 minutes from time Sam Dibling fired the Tigers into a 2-1 lead.

Nine minutes later, substitute Gary Spiller looked to have settled matters as he struck to make it 3-1.

However, within minutes the deficit was halved by the home side and, in the final minute, they struck again to leave an entertaining contest ending 3-3.

Axminster Town Reserves did not make the kind of start to the new Fresha league campaign that they’d have hoped for as they went down 4-0 at home to Cheriton Fitzpaine,

Town chairman Ray Self saw the second team game. He said: “fair play to Cheriton Fitzpaine who were the better team on the day. We were missing a few and hopefully we’ll see the reserve’s have a much more settled time this season.”

Self is also looking forward so much to his club being handed total control of their new surroundings. The Tigers chief says: “It’s getting close now. We should be playing on two of the three pitches by October and I’d also like to think we’ll have the clubhouse ready for use with everything in place by the same time. One thing is for sure this is very much the start of a bright new future for us all at the club.”

One aspect of the club, going forward, that Self is very keen to see developed, is the youth structure. He says: “I am hoping that once the new headquarters is all ready for use someone may come forward and by into the same vision that I have for the long term health of the club and that is through a progressive youth system. I’d like to think there is someone out there who would like to be involved with helping me set up a junior system that would ultimately see player’s progress right through the ranks into the senior side.”

Town already have youngsters from the age of six getting coaching at the club thanks to the efforts of one current player, Danny Galloway, and two former players, Brian Morgan and Andy Hurford.

Self says: “The work those three are already doing is invaluable and I am very grateful to them all for their continued efforts with the youngsters.”

Anyone interested in becoming involved either with the Town youth system or indeed the post of reserve team manager can get in touch with Self on 07747488111.

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