Tigers ready to pounce for points

PUBLISHED: 10:00 26 August 2009 | UPDATED: 00:03 16 June 2010

AXMINSTER Town were defeated 5-2 by a very powerful Alphington .

AXMINSTER Town were defeated 5-2 by a very powerful Alphington side but, at the final whistle, they had certainly played a major part in their own downfall.

Rather like the previous week an opening day draw with Totnes & Dartington, it was a number of basic individual errors that led to goals for the visitors.

It had all started so well for Town who made a bright start and deservedly went ahead in the 10th minute when Ollie Highett, restored to the side after being left out for the opener, swapped passes with Mark Hancock on the edge of the box and fired home the game's first goal.

An uncharacteristic error from keeper Brett Garner spilled a shot that slipped away from his body and, agonisingly for home supporters, over the line and into the net.

Undaunted, back roared the Tigers and seized the lead for the second time when Ritchie Emmett crossed for Mark Hancock to score.

The impressive Ben Harris then levelled again to take the sides into the break locked at 2-2. There was something of a stalemate played out during the first 15 minutes of the second half and it became apparent that the next goal would be decisive, either way.

Alex Wheatley was caught in possession close to his own penalty area, the ball was quickly shuffled sideways and blasted past Garner to give the Alphas the lead for the first time and, boosted by that, they went on to add two more in the latter stages.

A disappointed Ray Self said: "Whilst there's plenty of positives to take, none more so than the quality of both our goals, the fact is that we are making too many basic errors which are being punished.

"We need to stamp out those fundamental mistakes that are offering goals to the opposition on a plate."

Next up for the Tigers is Saturday's East Devon derby at a Budleigh side who have begun with back-to-back defeats.

Self sees this as a great chance to seize the initiative at Greenway Lane.

He said: "With them (Budleigh) not having the best of starts we may just be playing them at the right time."

"The Tigers go to Budleigh without the injured duo of Mike Hancock and Sam Dibling whilst Mark Hancock also misses the game.

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