New signing turns it on for league victory

PUBLISHED: 10:00 28 August 2008 | UPDATED: 22:16 15 June 2010

Axminster Town are one of just five unbeaten sides after two weeks of the South West Peninsula League Eastern Division season.

Axminster Town are one of just five unbeaten sides after two weeks of the South West Peninsula League Eastern Division season after a 3-0 home win over previously unbeaten Alphington on Saturday.The win was not without cost though for the Tigers were forced to call two players off the substitute bench within the first 30 minutes. Terry Emmet was first to go with a groin problem and he was replaced by younger brother Ritchie but, within 30 seconds of coming on, the talented youngster chased a ball and turned his ankle and had to be helped from the pitch. This saw summer signing Alex Hughes come on and it was he, who opened the scoring on the hour mark with a cool finish after some excellent wing play from Richard Spiller.That first goal had been coming for some time and it was quickly followed by a second when Martyn Hancock drilled the ball home following a smart right flank move and, 10 minutes from time, the former Beer hit man netted his second to seal a very competent victory.Tigers' boss Ray Self said: "It was a very pleasing performance and result, tinged a bit by the injuries. I had, and indeed still do have, high hopes for young Ritchie. This could be a big, big season for him and he'll have to be patient now. The ankle looked horribly swollen post match and we can only hope it will not be too long an absence for the lad." As for the game itself Self said: "The first half was very much one of both sides sounding the other out, but I was always confident that once we got the first goal we would go on and finish the job off and that is exactly what we did."Self did have praise for centre back Michael Hancock saying: "He (Hancock) was magnificent, for me head and shoulders above everybody else on the pitch. It was a very commanding display from the lad."Next up for the Tigers is Saturday's trip to Liverton, a side they did the double over last season. Axminster will be down to the bare bones for the trip though. The injuries to the Emmet brothers is a blow and Self will also be without the holidaying Danny Aplin whilst both Danny Galloway and Michael Beer are at a wedding.

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