Denny delight as Robins share midweek spoils with visiting Tigers

PUBLISHED: 10:53 05 April 2018 | UPDATED: 10:53 05 April 2018

Footie. Ref miscsp 43-17TI 2278. Picture: Terry Ife

Footie. Ref miscsp 43-17TI 2278. Picture: Terry Ife

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Budleigh Salterton and Axminster Town shared six goals in a South West Peninsula League Eastern Division thriller under the Greenway Lane floodlights.

Axminster Town struck first, opening the scoring as early as the fifth minute when Sam Dibling latched onto a long through-ball before tucking the ball home.

The lead lasted until the 25th minute when some quick-thinking at a free-kick gave Kyle Bassett the opportunity to get a shot away and his clever lobbed effort from 25 yards found the back of the net.

That was how the game stayed until the break, but, four minutes into the second half, Budleigh took a 2-1 lead when Mark Lever got on the end of a 20-yard Andy Taylor strike to turn the ball home.

Parity was restored when the Budleigh midfield lost possession and a counter-attack was set up that ended with Aaron Daniels netting from 10 yards.

End-to-end football followed before Axminster Town gained the lead for the second time. When awarded a free-kick just inside the Budleigh half, Axminster Town player-manager John Hurford launched the kick and it sailed over everybody, including Budleigh glovesman Alan Doble, to settle in the back of the net. With just eight minutes left that looked like being the winning goal, but Budleigh were having none of it and, three minutes after falling behind they were all square as Aaron Denny weaved his way into a crowded area before drilling the ball home.

There was still time for both sides to create – and spurn – chances to seal it, but a win either way would have been harsh on the side leaving such a good contest with nothing to show. A draw was certainly the fair result, based on the 90 minutes the two teams served up. The swift return, at Tiger Way, Axminster, next Wednesday night (April 11), should be well worth watching.

Before that, Budleigh are back in action next Monday night (April 9) when they visit Bovey Tracey (7.30pm).

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