Tigers share six goals with hosts Budleigh in midweek meeting
PUBLISHED: 10:55 05 April 2018 | UPDATED: 10:55 05 April 2018
Axminster Town were excellent value for the point they got from their midweek visit to Budleigh Salterton to contest a South West Peninsula League Eastern Division match under the Greenway Lane floodlights.
The Tigers struck first, opening the scoring as early as the fifth minute when Sam Dibling latched onto a long through-ball before tucking the ball home.
The lead lasted until the 25th minute when some quick-thinking at a free-kick gave Kyle Bassett the opportunity to get a shot away and his clever lobbed effort from 25 yards found the back of the net to make it 1-1.
That was how the game stayed until the break, but, four minutes into the second half, Budleigh took a 2-1 lead when Mark Lever got on the end of a 20-yard Andy Taylor strike to turn the ball home.
Parity was restored when the Budleigh midfield lost possession and a counter-attack was set up that ended with the lively Aaron Daniels netting from 10 yards.
End-to-end football followed before Axminster Town gained the lead for the second time.
When awarded a free-kick just inside the Budleigh half, Axminster Town player-manager John Hurford launched the kick and it sailed over everybody, including Budleigh glovesman Alan Doble, to settle in the back of the net.
With just eight minutes left that looked like being the winning goal, but Budleigh were having none of it and, three minutes after falling behind they were all square as Aaron Denny weaved his way into a crowded area before drilling the ball home.
There was still time for both sides to create – and spurn – chances to seal it, but a win either way would have been harsh on the side leaving such a good contest with nothing to show. A draw was certainly the fair result and, based on the 90 minutes the two teams served up. The swift return, at Tiger Way Axminster, next Wednesday night (April 11), should be well worth watching.
Before that Town are in action on Saturday (April 7) with a visit to Bovey Tracey (3pm).