Axminster Town sides suffer heavy deafeats on weekend when many players are missing on stag weekend

PUBLISHED: 10:51 09 September 2014 | UPDATED: 10:51 09 September 2014

Axminster Town’s season took another knock on Saturday when they suffered a six goal defeat at Brixham.

It was the home side’s striker Dan Rankin who the Tigers had no answer to, scoring five times.

Typical of the lack of fortune the Tigers are having right now is that they had competed well and there was precious little between the teams until the deadlock was broken just seven minutes before half-time.

It was not until then hour mark that the South Devon doubled their lead and a third in the 71st minute sealed the Tigers fate.

Mind you, the score line does not tell the whole story for there were reasons behind the heavy reversal as Town chairman Ray Self alluded to when he said: “We were missing eight or nine players across both senior sides owing to a stag weekend. Things are not as bleak as two heavy defeats for first and second teams suggest.”

Town have now conceded a whopping 27 goals in their first seven South West Peninsula League Eastern Division outings with just one of their games being at home and they sit rooted to the foot of the table with four points from their seven games this season.

This Saturday’s trip to Galmpton may see that goal count added to for Galmpton sit top of the table having scored 23 in six home games so far all but one which they have won.

It was also a grim day for the Tigers second team as they went down to a 10-0 defeat at Upottery in a Bill Slee Cup tie.

However, it is most certainly not all doom and gloom for the Tigers who are now just short of two months away from moving into their splendid new surroundings at Tiger Way.

Last Saturday the Axminster Town Under-7s and Under-8s made a start to life in the Exeter and District Youth League. Self says: “It was a very special occasion to see the youngsters getting their first taste of football against other teams. Danny (Galloway), Andy (Hurford) and Brian (Morgan) have done us proud with their sterling efforts with the youngsters. The future looks bright in terms of developing young players to hopefully go on and one day play in our senior sides.”

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