Tigers bounce back

PUBLISHED: 13:38 28 April 2010 | UPDATED: 01:11 16 June 2010

AXMINSTER Town brushed aside visiting Appledore to the tune of a 5-1 victory.

AXMINSTER Town brushed aside visiting Appledore to the tune of a 5-1 victory.

With the North Devon side having lifted the Devon Premier Cup just 48 hours before they pitched up at Sector Lane it was probably a good time to be facing them. However, that should not detract from what was a superb all round show from the Tigers who dominated from start to finish.

The visitors started brightly and it needed a goal line clearance from Jamie Barfoot, similar from Andy Gage and a Chris Higgs save, to keep the Tigers on level terms. However, once Mike Hancock struck the sweetest of lobbed goals to fire his side ahead the outcome was never in doubt.

It was soon 2-0 when Ben Vine, who is at last really beginning to show the promise that boss Ray Self had seen in the youngster earlier in the season, sent the Tigers into the break two up.

Vine notched his second to put Town in the driving seat but the visitors were back in the game from a penalty only for Alex Wheatley to provide an immediate response by tucking away a penalty after he was upended in the Appledore area.

With the three goal advantage restored the Tigers closed the game out with some delightful football and added a fifth late on when two of the substitutes, Adam Cowling and Tom Vincent, combined to drive into the net from 20 yards.

Boss Ray Self said: "It was an exceptional performance, one that I felt had been born out of the midweek performance at Royal Marines AFC where we lost but had played some smashing football."

The Tigers are in action tonight (Wednesday) at Ottery St Mary and on Saturday entertain Crediton United.

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