O'Connor's double sees Town back to winning ways
PUBLISHED: 13:17 26 January 2011
EXMOUTH Town completed their first league double of the season with a comfortable 2-0 victory over Axminster, writes John Dibsdall.
Indeed, the outcome of the game really should have produced a greater score line than it did!
With four changes from the side that had been comprehensively beaten at Liverton seven days before, Town quickly established dominance in the contest, particularly with Jamie Moore and Dan Plater combining well on the left flank.
Take nothing away from Axminster who battled throughout the ninety minutes but Town created chance after chance, the majority of which went begging.
Indeed the two goals that were scored stood out and were an end product of some of the entertaining football that Town produced on the day.
The first half saw Town pass the ball with confidence and some style and the Axminster goal led a charmed life.
Leading goal scorer, Ben Shephard will no doubt still be pondering over just why this season visiting keepers to Southern Road seem to save their best efforts to keep out his attempts to find the back of the net and Axminster’s Chris Higgs also produced excellent stops to deny Kerry Butler and Dave O’Connor.
The second half continued in a similar vein with Town doing all the pressing but seemingly unable to brake the deadlock.
Ali Sawer had an effort cleared off the line as a continued combination of fine goalkeeping, desperate defending and lack of composure in front of goal kept the score line blank.
The deadlock was finally broken in the sixty-fifth minute when O’Connor turned and struck an eighteen yard drive into the top corner.
The goal came as a result of sustained pressure by Town and they were rewarded again five minutes later when O’Connor met a cross with a firm header to seal victory.
Whilst manager Jason Margrett was clearly frustrated by the number of clear goal scoring opportunities that were missed he was pleased with the overall performance and the manner in which Town approached the game and the style of football played.