Tigers bounce back

PUBLISHED: 09:30 19 November 2008 | UPDATED: 22:37 15 June 2010

AXMINSTER TOWN produced a superb display to become only the second team to beat Exeter Civil Service this season when they triumphed 4-2 in Exeter last Saturday.

AXMINSTER TOWN produced a superb display to become only the second team to beat Exeter Civil Service this season when they triumphed 4-2 in Exeter last Saturday. The Tigers were simply irresistible at times as they powered their way into a two goal first half lead, and then, when the home side mounted a stunning second half fight back to level up, there was sufficient left in the Tigers' tank to take them to arguably the best result of the season to date.Town's early enterprise was rewarded when Terry Emmet put them ahead and then, just before the break, Martin Hancock drilled the ball home from the edge of the penalty area.The hosts are a very good side, and proved it with a stunning fight back that began in the 55th minute.At this point the Tigers' defence came into their own and their hard work and concentration, coupled with some good old fashioned favourable lady luck and the moving of goal scorer Hancock into a more defensive berth in a 4,5,1 formation saw Town look capable of weathering the storm.The Exeter side were level when an attacking player appeared to be 'offside' and was indeed flagged as such by the linesman but this was overruled by the match official and Chris Higgs was left to pick the ball out of the net - this with just eight minutes of normal time left and whatever added time was to be allowed.But those last eight minutes turned into 18 with the additions and it was during this time that the Tigers turned up the tempo to a new level. Jack Andrew was causing all sorts of problems on one flank, Richie Emmet running himself into the ground on the opposite wing and, with Alex Wheatley a constant threat with powerful runs from the midfield, all it needed was the goal to win the game.It arrived in the 88th minute. Terry Emmett found Andrews who skipped away and sent in a cross-cum-shot that ended up in the back of the net. It was no more than Town deserved, when Alex Wheatley cracked home a fourth in stoppage time. Next up for the Tigers is Saturday's return with Totnes and Dartington who won at Sector Lane a fortnight ago.


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