Meaker and Hughes net as Axmouth United win well at Otterton

PUBLISHED: 19:36 21 November 2018 | UPDATED: 19:36 21 November 2018

Honiton 2nds at home to East Budleigh. Ref mhsp 40-16TI 9156. Picture: Terry Ife

Honiton 2nds at home to East Budleigh. Ref mhsp 40-16TI 9156. Picture: Terry Ife

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Despite having a handful of key players missing, Axmouth United returned from their visit to third-placed Otterton with all three points thanks to a 2-0 success, writes Chris Salter.

Axmouth quickly took control from the start and felt aggrieved when denied a penalty after player manager Asa Sandman was dragged down by the last defender after just five minutes.

The visitors continued to press and kept creating chances through Jamie Hughes and Jacob Clode.

Just before half time Jamie Hughes flicked on a corner and the ball dropped to Zak Meaker who finished superbly into the top left corner.

The second half continued as the first with Axmouth pressing high and playing good football.

Midway through the half yet another Axmouth corner was cleared only to be met by Mark Salter with a fantastic 25 yard drive that Otterton’s keeper just managed to tip over the bar. The resulting corner saw the ball almost out of play, but Archie Clode did very well to keep it in and loop it back into the mix for Jamie Hughes to nod home for Axmouth’s second. The visitors then saw out the game for a very good away win.

Manager Asa Sandman said: “All the players were excellent and there is certainly progress being made in terms of developing as a team.

“I’d have to single out our two 16-year-olds, Archie Clode and Kieran Burraston, who again did well, and Jamie Hughes and Jacob Clode were excelled in midfield.”

The United Man of the Match award went to Zak Meaker, who worked tirelessly in the heart of the defence with Cody Northcott.

On Saturday (November 24), United travel to fifth placed Sandford, who sit four places and three points better off than Asa Sandman’s team.

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