Tigers disappoint against Crediton

PUBLISHED: 17:03 03 February 2011

Action between Exmouth Town and Axminster at the Southern Road ground on Saturday. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref mhsp 1096-04-11SH

Action between Exmouth Town and Axminster at the Southern Road ground on Saturday. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref mhsp 1096-04-11SH

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AFTER showing signs of recent improvement, Axminster Town slipped back into their old habits on Saturday.

The Tigers were well beaten by the team immediately above them at the foot of the South West Peninsula League Eastern Division table, Crediton United.

What made a below-par Tigers’ performance all the more galling for new boss Nick Ogden was that a healthy Sector Lane crowd had turned out for the game, obviously hoping that the season-long search for that elusive first victory, was set to end!

It was Town who created the first chance, spurning a great opportunity in the very first minute. They were made to pay for it as the visitors scored twice to go into half time with the advantage.

The Tigers tweaked their shape in a bid to get back into the contest, but the Mid Devon side doubled their tally before a late consolation for the hosts came through Adam Downes.

Ben Turner was the pick of the Tigers for the tireless shift that he gave for the cause and he was named the Man of the Match.

Post match, a clearly disappointed Ogden said: “It’s certainly a bitter pill for us to swallow. Too many players simply did not do the jobs that they were sent onto the pitch to do. Both Kevin (assistant boss Kevin Turner) and I were forced to read the riot act post match but, to the players credit, they didn’t need us to tell them how bad that collective performance was. Changes will be made for our next game and I'm sure some won't like it but, after that performance, we can't defend them against criticism they will rightfully receive. At times, I feel we look like a team that's expecting to concede a goal, instead of one that is going all out to score first. I think, if we do get that first goal, a huge weight will lift off the players’ shoulders and they will start to play with less fear. The lads are an honest bunch and they will pick themselves up from this.”

●On Saturday Town host Totnes and Dartington.


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