Southwest Peninsula Football East Division
Axminster Town 2 – Honiton Town 0
THE Tigers were at near full strength only missing Ben Allen (illness) and Luke Finn who picked up a nasty ankle injury at Ilfracombe in the previous match.
As expected the home side started on the front foot taking the game to the Hippos. Axminster huffed and puffed but failed to create any meaningful chances.
As for Honiton their game plan was evident, it was clear that they were going to try and rough up the young Tigers at every possible opportunity. This was a major distraction for Ax as they started to get involved with the ‘dark arts’ of the game instead of concentrating on just playing football.
On the 30th minute Honiton had the first real chance, a crossed ball hit central defender Matt Clenahan on the shins, ricocheting off centre back partner Cameron Vere but luckily landed straight at the feet of Keeper Ashley Smith.
On the 44th minute Axminster were awarded a corner, Connor Hannaford delivered a terrific cross that was met perfectly by the head of Clenahan whose effort flew past Alex Bowring in the Honiton goal and into the top corner to make it 1-0.
After the half-time oranges Axminster introduced joint manager Jon Hurford to bolster the forward line.
The Tigers started the second half in positive fashion. Full-backs Nathan Antat and Hannaford started to impose themselves and in the 60th minute Hurford broke the offside trap and with just Bowring to beat the normally clinical Hurford blazed his shot over the cross bar.
Ten minutes later Hurford made amends, whipping in a terrific left-wing cross with pinpoint accuracy that was met by the right foot of Ashley Small who placed past Bowring with ease, claiming his 18th league goal of the season and effectively putting the game to bed.
Man of The Match – Matt Clenahan