Barfoot brace as Tigers make their first point of the season.

PUBLISHED: 13:26 27 September 2011

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At the seventh time of asking Axminster Town finally banked their first South Wrst Peninsula League, Eastern Divison points.

Axminster Town were without a game on Saturday but they did play last midweek when they picked up their first point of the season with a moral boosting 2-2 draw at Newton Abbot Spurs.

The Tigers were good value for their point, gained thanks to a double from Jamie Barfoot. The goal scoring hero began the game in the back four but Tigers boss Ray Self switched things around midway through the first half, dropping Danny Beer to full-back whilst pushing Barfoot into a midfield role and it paid dividends as he fired a 43rd minute equaliser to send the sides into the break at 1-1.

A really good spell of early second half pressure could not force a second, and, on the break, the hosts took a 2-1 lead. Town were then reduced to ten men after Beer picked up a second yellow card 12 minutes from time.

However, it was no more than Town deserved when Barfoot netted his second five minutes from time. Boss Ray Self said: “It was very encouraging and we are certainly now seeing the very green shoots of revival at Sector Lane. The only woe for me was that we were unable to go into a game last Saturday in the wake of the Newton Abbot draw but we were sadly without a scheduled league fixture.”

Ian Mitchell made a promising debut at Newton Abbot and the big striker will certainly be involved in this Saturday’s away game at University. Self says: “We can head into Exeter buoyed by that last time out result. We have a number of new players attending training and I am very confident that we have turned the corner”

On Saturday the Town Reserves were able to finally field a team after having to cancel a couple of previous fixtures. Self said: “I watched the game, and was, like many people, pleasantly surprised with both the general enthusiasm and indeed quality of the play against a very useful Bickleigh side. It strengthens my belief that we are finally up and running for the season.”


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