AXMINSTER Town are now unbeaten in four matches under new manager Jon Hurford after chalking up their first clean sheet in 17 matches.
Axminster Town 0 Totnes & Darlington 0
South West Peninsula League D1E
SATRURDAY’S game at Tiger Way was dominated by a torrential downpour that made for tricky handling conditions for both keepers. Kick off was delayed until 3.30pm to allow the rain to pass.
The first half lacked any real goalmouth action in a cagey opening half hour. But Ax looked good in the lead up to half time and they went close when Jamie Barfoot picked out Aaron Daniels with a fine pass but the young winger dragged his shot wide.
Hurford rang the changes early in the second half bringing on himself and Sam Dibling up top and it nearly paid off immediately when Dibling outpaced the visiting defenders and rounded keeper Dan Hill but his shot was cleared off the line.
Then the player-boss went close with a curling effort that was well saved by Hill.
Totnes nearly grabbed a late winner against the play lat-on but Tigers’ gloveman Scott Wells-Burr made a superb save at full stretch to tip over a goal bound free-kick.
Hurford was pleased to have got the game played, he said: “The ref was thinking about calling it off but Totnes didn’t really want to come all the way back down here for a midweek game and I was confident the drainage here would work and it did.
“It was still greasy and the ball skidded out of play a lot – you have to be a really good player to cope in conditions like that. “Totnes were big, physical and direct and balls into our box took some defending. We had the better chances, but I didn’t that we really did quite enough to have won the game.”
New number two confirmed
OFF the field Axminster have confirmed the appointment of Bryan Perryman as first team assistant manager next season.
Perryman has been refereeing in the Devon & Exeter and Perry Street League for a number of seasons having previously been a long serving defender for amongst other Axminster, Millwey Rise and Lyme Regis where he was player-manager for a season in the mid-90’s.
Sixth-placed Axminster welcome Newton Abbott, currently second, in their penultimate fixture of the season on Saturday.
Axminster: Scott Wells-Burr, Ben Clay, Mark Smale, Chris Duchenski, Elliot Dyer, Aaron Daniels, Danny Clay, Callum Garrett, Ben Vine, Tony Pinder, Jamie Barfoot. Subs; Nathan Warren, Sam Dibling, Craig Every, Jon Hurford.