Positive turnaround at Axminster Town

PUBLISHED: 17:06 27 January 2011

Action between Exmouth Town and Axminster at the Southern Road ground on Saturday. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref mhsp 1094-04-11SH

Action between Exmouth Town and Axminster at the Southern Road ground on Saturday. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref mhsp 1094-04-11SH

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AXMINSTER Town made the short journey to Exmouth and gave a good account of themselves before slipping to a 2-0 defeat.

It was another Tigers’ performance of promise and, at half-time, they were on course to bank a rare point, only to concede two second half goals to return home empty handed once more.

An entertaining first half saw both teams create several clear scoring opportunities, but lack of composure, and some excellent goalkeeping, particularly from Tigers’ glovesman Chris Higgs, meant the sides went into the break at 0-0.

In the second half the hosts took charge and two goals in ten minutes sealed the Tigers’ fate.

Town boss Nick Ogden said: “On reflection, they were the better team overall, but, as was the case the week before, we did have periods of the contest, particularly during the first half, when we were their match and then some.

“The team’s commitment and attitude were both spot on, and again they showed an improvement on the previous week’s game.

“We are working hard at training and they are clearly starting to take on board what we are preaching both on the training ground and in the dressing room.

“They all played big parts but for me Higgy (goalkeeper Chris Higgs) was outstanding throughout.”

Ogden continued: “At the moment what we are looking for is signs of week by week, and game by game, improvement.

“The players have been superb since I became involved and I can’t fault them for effort and endeavour. We have also been very fortunate to start to see one or two of the previous players making a return to Sector Lane.

“We are looking to bring new players in but it is not easy trying to attract new faces to what is currently perceived to be a struggling outfit. I am very hopeful that we will be announcing a new recruit in the coming week.”

The Tigers have a great chance to register that elusive first Peninsula League victory this weekend when they entertain the side sitting immediately above them at the foot of the table, Crediton United.


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