Tigers beginning to show signs of making full recovery

PUBLISHED: 11:22 07 September 2011

Axminster at home to Budleigh on Saturday. Photo by Terry Ife ref mhsp 0667-36-11TI

Axminster at home to Budleigh on Saturday. Photo by Terry Ife ref mhsp 0667-36-11TI


Axminster Town boss Ray Self declared himself highly satisfied with the his side’s efforts in a narrow 2-1 defeat to Budleigh Salterton.

In recent games there’s little doubt that the green shoots of recovery are apparent at Sector Lane after what has been a traumatic pre-season for everyone at the club.

Leo Maguire, who started the game on the bench as he continues to recover from a neck injury, was summoned to take over from the very effective Adam Downes, forced to limp off with a calf strain, scored the Tigers goal which levelled things up at 1-1 midway through the second half.

Parity was no more than the Tigers deserved but their age-old nemesis of silly error making was again their undoing as they were punished for one mistake, this after they had created, and spurned, chances to take a 2-1 lead themselves.

An up-beat Self said: “The team did us proud. I know things have been tough but I sense a wonderful spirit within the camp and, with everybody pulling in the right direction, I am sure we will soon restore ourselves to something like an even keel in terms of the football side of things. I had said at the start of the season that to finish out of the bottom three and indeed look for mid-table respectability was the initial target and nothing I have seen so far makes me want to change that target.”

Self also had encouraging news about the Tigers Reserves who had been forced to forfeit their Saturday game owing to a lack of numbers. He said: “We feel we are close now to being able to field a second team. Numbers at training are ever increasing and I am very confident that we will be able to fulfil the coming games our Reserves have.”

Self would love to hear from any prospective new players who would like to join the club, in particular to play in the Fresha League side. Anybody interested can simply turn up at the next trainings session, which is on Tuesday (September 13) at Sector Lane with a 6.30pm start.

Town are in action tonight (Wednesday) when they travel to Southern Road Exmouth and on Saturday they entertain Galmpton United.

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