Tigers score five but ship nine

PUBLISHED: 16:02 10 November 2009 | UPDATED: 00:31 16 June 2010

AXMINSTER Town showed last week all the inconsistencies that are blighting their campaign as they scored five goals and shipped nine to draw one and lose one.

AXMINSTER Town showed last week all the inconsistencies that are blighting their campaign as they scored five goals and shipped nine to draw one and lose one.

The midweek game at Exmouth Town saw the Tigers lead 4-2 at half time, and still hold the advantage 20 minutes from time before a late double from the hosts left honours even at 4-4.

Sam Dibling (2), Alex Wheatley and Joel Gosling struck the Tigers' goals but they ended the match with nine men after the sending off for Gosling and two yellow cards for Adam Cowling.

On Saturday afternoon the Tigers had home advantage for their Devon Premier Cup tie with Plymstock United but the Peninsula League Western Division side left Sector Lane with the place in the next round courtesy of a 5-1 win.

To be fair, the Tigers had a couple of players missing through a virus and the same ailment left Sam Dibling unable to play more than the first half. They were also without the suspended Mark Hancock.

A superb cross from Alex Wheatley was neatly tucked away by Joel Gosling for one of the few highlights of the game for the home faithful but the goal simply pegged back the visitors who led 3-0 at the time.

Self said of the cup defeat: "It was disappointing for we did not see the real Town team in that game, unlike the first half at Exmouth where a superb performance gave us a richly deserved lead. We have spoken long and hard about the need for greater consistency and that remains very much the biggest single problem to our continued progress as a side."

The Tigers are back in action tonight (Wednesday) when they travel to meet Budleigh Salterton (7.30pm) in the Axminster Hospital Cup and then on Saturday they face the Royal Marines AFC who, like the Tigers, have 20 Eastern Division points to date and both sides will be seeking the win to close the eight point gap on current leaders Exeter Civil Service.

By Stephen Birley

Axminster football


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