Pinder at the double as Town win, but there's injury woe for Newbury
PUBLISHED: 13:43 11 September 2018 | UPDATED: 13:43 11 September 2018
Axminster Town, who are at home tonight (Tuesday), entertaining Alphington (7.30pm) were 2-1 winners on their visit to Teignmouth Town, but the game was not without a cost to the Tigers for they lost central defender Jamie Newbury to a broken leg.
The teenage defender, who skippered Sidmouth Town last season and moved to Tiger Way during the summer, was injured making one of his trademark ‘brave’ challenges in the 38th minute of the game. There was a 45-minute delay before the stricken player could be taken by ambulance to hospital. When the game resumed, Tony Pinder fired the Tigers into the lead.
Early in the second half the home side restored parity with a fine finish that gave Tigers’ goalkeeper George Burton no chance.
However, the setback galvanised the Tigers to dig deep and they were soon back on the front foot and it was no more than they deserved when, in the 75th minute, Pinder scored his second – and this time it was a classic strike!
Aaron Daniels played a strong pass to Pinder, who received the ball chest height some 20-yards out, before controlling and striking the sweetest of volleys to leave the ball nestling in the top corner of the net before the Teignmouth goalkeeper had completed his attempt to save it!
Town joint boss Josh Stunell said: “It was a terrific all-round performance and one in which, to a man, all our players put in precisely the sort of shift that John [Stunell’s co-manager Johnny Hurford] and I knew they had in their lockers. It was a very mature show from what is a predominantly young side.”
On the injury to Jamie Newbury, Stunell said: “I have spoken to Jamie and he has had a successful operation to set the bone and he tells me that he should be able to begin rehabilitation in around three months, which is very encouraging.
“It was so typical of the lad how he got injured. There was nothing malicious about it, he just did what Jamie does, make a whole-hearted challenge, but alas he came out of it with a bad injury. Our best wishes for a speedy recovery go to him and hopefully we’ll see him back in a Town shirt early next year.”
Town, have a big FA Vase tie to play this coming Saturday (September 15) when they travel to Cornwall to meet a Saltash side that has made an unbeaten start to the SWPL Premier Division season.
Stunell says of the game in Cornwall: “We can go there and play with no pressure, for we have nothing to lose. That said, who knows, it may prove to be a day when our lads rise to the occasion and have ‘one of those games’ while the home team may just take their eye off the ball. Whatever the outcome, we are going down there to give it our very best shot.”