Small brace as Tigers beat Brixham and sit joint second in the table

PUBLISHED: 09:36 05 December 2018

Axminster away at Sidmouth. Ref mhsp 43 18TI 3352. Picture: Terry Ife

Axminster away at Sidmouth. Ref mhsp 43 18TI 3352. Picture: Terry Ife

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Axminster Town moved into joint second spot in the South West Peninsula League Eastern Division after a tremendous 3-2 Tiger Way success over Brixham.

The Tigers were given a pre-match boost with the news that centre back Cameron Vere, midfielder Ben Allen and recent signing Ash Small, were all set to play. On the negative side, the Tigers went into the game without the holidaying divisional top scorer Tony Pinder.

As a contest the game did not disappoint a large Tiger Way turnout. The opening goal came in the 15th minute with Ash Small announcing his arrival at the club with a clinical header to give Town the lead.

Brixham, who began the day sitting one place and three points shy of the Tigers in the table, hit straight back, but were denied a couple of times by the exceptional goalkeeping of Tigers’ glovesman Ashley Smith before the home goalkeeper was eventually beaten for parity top be restored on the half hour.

Brixham then took charge, but the Tigers struck again with a slick counter attack that ended with Small volleying home his second and his 15th of the season so far to see his new team into the break with a 2-1 lead.

A number of early second half saves from Town glovesman Smith thwarted Brixham before, in the 65th minute, when awarded a free-kick some 20 yards out, the ball was lifted over the wall – and Smith – and the game was suddenly level once again!

Both teams went in search of a third goal. Then Tigers introduced joint boss Johnny Hurford from the bench and he used all his experience to ‘make the difference’ in the closing stages.

Hurford bull dozed his way through a number of challenges before volleying left footed past a diving Brixham goalkeeper.

After the game the club laid on a terrific buffet for all the supporters, a gesture that capped off a terrific day for Axminster Town Football Club.

On Saturday (December 8) Town are in East Devon derby action when they make the short trip to Budleigh Salterton (2pm).

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