January 6 2019
Southwest Peninsula League – East Division
Axminster Town 1 – Torridgeside 3
THIS game lived up to the pre-match billing as both teams were always going to have a ‘right good go’ at each other.
Both teams started on the front foot with the visitors having the ball in the net on the 12th minute only to be ruled off for offside.
On the 15th minute the Tigers should have gone ahead when the speedy Aaron Daniels found himself in a one-on-one position with the visitors’ goalkeeper, but unfortunately for Axminster Daniels failed to produce the required finish and his effort was tame allowing a the grateful Torrideside gloveman to easily make the save.
Five minutes later the visitors took the lead when their leading scorer Mark Bettis capitalised on some indecisiveness from the Tigers’ backline to make it 1-0.
On the 35th minute Bettis was at hand to again punish the home-side’s lack of ability to clear their lines, slotting with ease from 10 yards out past home keeper Ashley Smith, making it 2-0 at half-time.
Axminster changed their shape after the break and this was causing the visitors all kinds of problems.
On the 55th minute Nathan Antat’s shot hit the crossbar, with Jon Hurford being the quickest to react to the rebound. Joint manager Hurford powerfully headed home to make it 2-1.
By now Ax were really turning the screw with midfield maestro Jacob Rowe hitting the crossbar in the 70th minute.
But time was running out for the Tigers and on the 80th minute they were expertly caught out by a quick counter attack. They had numbers back but failed to deal with the slick passing move that allowed the impressive Brian Levien to score his 16th goal of the season and in the process sealing an excellent win for the North Devon side.
For Axminster their eight-match unbeaten run comes to an end but they will dust themselves down, train hard this week and look to get three points next Saturday at an improving Newton Abbot Spurs.
Man of The Match – Jon Hurford