Tigers show resilience
PUBLISHED: 10:00 03 September 2008 | UPDATED: 22:17 15 June 2010
AXMINSTER Town remain unbeaten after a 2-1 success at Liverton United that sees the Tigers maintain their excellent start to the Peninsula League season.
AXMINSTER Town remain unbeaten after a 2-1 success at Liverton United that sees the Tigers maintain their excellent start to the Peninsula League season. What's more Ray Self's side had travelled to South Devon with five regular players missing owing to a combination of a lengthening injury list and a wedding. The home side started brightly and were good value for their lead but the Tigers seemed to gain real momentum after they went behind and they were rightly back on level terms just before half time. Martin Hancock challenged the home keeper and, when the ball dropped, Alex Wheatley lashed it into the top corner of the net.The second half saw Town dominate the proceedings and this resulted in them taking then lead for the first time in the contest when Hancock netted.Despite the home side rallying, the Tigers held firm. Chris Higgs made one superb save late in the game but Town deserved, and took, the points. The one disappointing aspect of the game was the yellow card count that reached 12, with two of them, and a subsequent dismissal, going to Mike Hancock. Boss Ray Self is very satisfied with his side's start to the season: "We are looking in good shape and I think this performance showed that we have put together a squad that can come through the difficult tasks when selection is going to be an issue."I thought we deserved the win and it sets things up nicely for Saturday's Sector Lane meeting with the Royal Marines."That game with the free scoring Marines - they beat Alphington 7-0 on Saturday - should hopefully see the league debut of summer signing Tristan Gale who has been out since breaking his jaw in his first pre-season game back in July when the new man sustained the nasty injury scoring an early goal.
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