AXMINSTER Town’s fine start under new manager Jon Hurford continued with a stunning victory that put a huge dent in hosts’ Brixham’s title hopes.
Brixham AFC 1 Axminster Town 2
South West Peninsula League Division One (E)
KICKING into a fierce, gusting wind The Tigers did well to hold the league leaders and the first half ended goal less despite both teams creating good chances. Liam Cleal had two sighters for Ax, one of which he blazed over the bar when it appeared easier to score.
The Tigers took the lead just after the hour when Cleal cleverly guided an Aaron Daniels cross into the corner of the net. But confusion in the Ax defence 15 minutes from time led to a collision between keeper Scott Well-Burr and one of his defenders and 29-goal league top scorer Graham Mercieca slotted home the loose ball.
However, the points were decided by a stunning strike from Danny Clay six minutes from time. The former Exeter City and Weymouth midfielder showed all his class to crack a 25-yarder high into the ‘top bin.’
A delighted Hurford said: “We managed the game well. We set up with two banks of four and made it difficult for them [Brixham] to break us down. Against the wind in the first half.
“I felt we fully deserved the win having created the better chances and were far more organised.”
Hurford told Pulmans’ Sport that he feels the league title trophy will probably heading to Stoke Gabriel or Teignmouth. Sixth-placed Axminster are without a fixture next Saturday.
Axminster: Scott Wells-Burr, Ben Clay, Mark Smale, Chris Duchenski, Elliot Dyer, Aaron Daniels, Callum Garrett, Danny Clay, Liam Cleal (Ben Vine 67), Tony Pinder (Nathan Warren 86), Jamie Barfoot (Jon Hurford 71). Unused sub; Craig Every.