Pinder nets twice as Axminster Town are edged out at Torridgeside

PUBLISHED: 08:00 22 August 2018

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Axminster Town are back in action on Wednesday night (August 22) when they travel to Exminster to meet St Martins in a South West Peninsula League Eastern Division game.

The Tigers went down 3-2 at Torridgeside on Saturday and joint manager Josh Stunell pulled no punches when he spoke of the performance saying: “The game was lost in the first half and, even though we laid it on the line for the lads during the break – and we were only trailing by the one goal – the fact was we had dug ourselves into a level of lethargy that is was always going to be hard to break out of. The fact we did in the second half speaks volumes for the lads and their collective response to our half-time words, but we needed from the first whistle to get us the result we felt we could achieve up there before kick-off.”

Town, who trailed 3-1 and would have gone further behind but for a smart penalty save by goalkeeper Ashley Smith.

Stunell said: “In previous visits to Torridgeside, both for myself and for Johnny [fellow Town boss Johnny Hurford], we have tended to be well beaten, and had Ashley not made the penalty save we could have been turned over again.”

He continued: “The key to our game is work rate, intensity of play and a high press and none of that was evident in the first half at Torridgeside.”

He then added: “In terms of our best player, without a shadow of doubt that was Johnny [Hurford] who played the full 90 minutes.

Tony Pinder, who had scored the only goal that brought the Tigers’ all three points in their first game of the new season, scored both the Town goals.

Sam Dibling, Jake Rowe and Gary Spiller, who all missed the defeat at Torridgeside, return for the game tonight, but Town will be without the suspended Barry Hutchings.

Stunell says of the trip to St Martins: “It will be tough; they have recruited well again and look a very useful side. They put seven on hosts Liverton on Saturday and so clearly carry some fire power. That said, we need to focus on doing what we are good at and, if all the lads play to their potential then I see no reason why we cannot get a result.”

Town are back in home action on Saturday (August 25) when they host Newton Abbot Spurs (3pm).

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