Axminster Town 0 Budleigh Salterton 1
South West Peninsula League Division One East
Axminster Town missed out on a fully deserved point when player-manager Jon Hurford drilled an 88th minute penalty two feet over the angle of the goal frame in a slick encounter against Budleigh Salterton at Tiger Way last night.
The spot kick had been awarded after Ax striker Sam Dibling had been tripped in the area – a decision that led to Budleigh seeing out the game with ten men after the referee brandished a red card.
Earlier, what proved to be the vital winner came in the 15th minute when the Tigers were guilty of being muscled out of possession in midfield and Mark Lever burst forward before sliding home a low left footer past Ax keeper Scott Wells-Burr.
The hosts’ best moment came five minutes later when former Shepton Beachamp midfielder Dan Peach, normally a part of the Bridport squad in the Western League, fired just over the bar.
Indeed Peach prompted well from the centre of the park and was behind most of the Tigers’ brighter moments in a match that was bereft of clear cut openings but not of quality as both sides, who met in the reverse fixture just seven days ago, looked slick on the surprising good surface.
The win keeps the Robins flying high in third spot while the Tigers, who lost their fourht game unbeaten run at Tiger Way, are left to prowl down in eighth ahead of Sunday’s trip north to face Appledore.
Axminster Town: Scott Wells-Burr, Nathan Warren, Charley Skilton, Elliot Dyer, Shaun Wells-Burr, Darren Hutchings (Capt) Aaron Daniels, Dan Peach, Sam Dibling, Tony Pinder, Kieren Daniels. Subs; Jon Hurfurd, Jamie Barfoot, Mark Smale, Dan Beer, Mike Knight.
Budleigh Salterton: Alan Doble, Darren Everest, George Pannell, Luke Iddon, Tim Bradshaw, Karl Riddell, Callum Shipton (Capt), Mark Lever, Dan Boere, Mike White, Aaron Denny. Subs; Ross James, Adam Wilkinson, Darren Fardoe.