AXMINSTER SHARE THE SPOILS AT BUDLEIGH SALTERTON

Six-goal thriller...

Budleigh Salterton 3 Axminster Town 3

South West Peninsula League Division One (East)

Axminster Town banked an impressive away point after sharing six goals with Budleigh Salterton at Greenway Lane.

The Tigers, fresh from the excitement of Friday’s evening’s 2-1 won over Crediton in front of a record Tiger way crowd of 328, were soon into their stride and took the lead in the fifth minute. Top scorer Sam Dibling took his season’s tally up to 13 after latching on to a Nathan Warren ball over the top before outpacing his marker and rounding the home keeper before rolling the ball home.

They held the lead until just before midway through the half when Kyle Bassett equalised for the hosts from the edge of the penalty box following a quickly taken free kick and that’s how it stayed until the interval.

It was the Robins who wasted no time in swooping into the lead after the turnaround courtesy of a Mark Lever strike in the 47th minute only for winger Aaron Daniels to square things up again at 2-2 on the hour mark after a good run and cut back from Dibling.

Ax thought they’d won it in the 80th minute when player-manager Jon Hurford, on target for the third successive match, launched a free kick from 45 yards towards the the genaral direction of the far post that deceived the home keeper and dipped under the crossbar.

But, with five minutes of normal time remaining Aaron Denny bundled the ball home after a goalmouth scramble to round off the scoring to salvage a point for Budleigh.

Hurford said: “It was probably a fair result, and another good performance from us after Friday night’s win.”

The point keeps Budleigh in third place and trailing in the wake of the two title contenders St Martins and Newton Abbot Spurs with Axminster seventh ahead of Saturday’s trip to fifth placed Bovey Tracey.

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