Exmouth Amateurs Reserves see off Axminster Town with solid display
PUBLISHED: 12:01 30 December 2014 | UPDATED: 12:01 30 December 2014
Exmouth Amateurs Reserves claimed a 2-1 victory when they entertained Axminster Town Reserves in both side's final Fresha League Division Three game of 2014.
Ammies started the stronger and looked to exploit wide areas, feeding the ball behind the backline, forcing Axminster to face their own goal.
On 18 minutes Ammies proved to have got their tactics spot on. Pete Vine, Lee Hill and Colin Dougal played some nice triangles before the latter put in a pinpoint cross for Craig Leaman to powerfully head home. Two minutes later the hosts had a gilt-edged chance to double their lead when Colin Dougal was upended in the box, but Dougal’s spot kick was comfortably kept out by the visiting gloves man.
In the 25th minute Axminster were close to levelling only to be denied by a superb save fro Ammies goalkeeper Pete Hazell.
Just before the break Ammies suffered a blow when Lee Hill picked up a red card.
During the interval Ammies re-shuffled to make the best they could of being a man short for the second half.
However just two minutes after the re-start Axminster Town levelled when they seized on a short back-pass and slotted the ball past Hazell.
The Ammies response was as clinical as it was swift! Skipper Ross Matthews met a Colin Dougal corner with a trademark powerful header and the lead was back in Ammies hands.
Thereafter Ammies worked hard to deny time and space to the visitors with home boss Adam Reid using his bench to good effect.
Kai Guise, who had put in a great shift, was replaced by James Clarke. Craig Leaman swapped with Rob Parker as Ammies watched the clock slowly tick towards the 90.
Terry Skeggs brilliantly cleared a swinging cross off the line which was rewarded by applause from the opposition for his antics.
Danny Hall, who caused Axminster problems with his tireless running and pace was unlucky when he flicked the ball past the keeper, but the ball just flew beyond the post.
Sam Hammond made his debut replacing Luke Bland at left back and Axminster were blocked out for the final minutes to see Ammies to a second success in the last three outings.
A delighted Reid said: “”It was a pleasing performance and the team spirit shown and the sort of guts and desire that are the necessary ingredients required to get out of the relegation places, was evident in all areas of our play.”
Trevor Anning was named Ammies Man of the Match, particularly for his ball retention and his excellence at spreading the play. The most impressive of the supporting acts came from Pete Vine, Craig Leaman and Colin Dougal whilst Kai Guise showed continued improvement.
On Saturday Ammies Reserves are without a game, they return to action the week after (January 10) when they travel to Chagford.