Pinder nets only goal as Axminster Town AFC end pre-season with clean sheet win

Axminster Town AFC wrapped up their pre-season of competitive action with a 1-0 Tiger Way victory over Newton Abbot 66.

The only goal of the game was scored by Tony Pinder  from the spot after one of a number of summer signings, Richard Hebditch, who has made the switch from Bridport, was felled in the area.

Tigers joint boss Josh Stunell said after the game: “I am not too sure what, if anything we learned from the game, but we always try to take positives and one was the clean sheet as was getting more game time for a number of players.”

“The fact we played without six of the lads who had been part of what had been a terrific team display against Exmouth Town in midweek speaks volumes for the sort of headaches you get as a manager at this time of the year.

“Weddings and holidays are always an issue, but it is what it is and all clubs suffer similar woes.”

Axminster Town AFC will now train a couple of times before they begin their new life as a South West Peninsula League Premier East side with a midweek game at Sidmouth Town on August 14.

Sidmouth are in action on Saturday (August 10) launching their campaign at Torpoint Athletic.

Stunell says: “It’s a shame that its not a bit close to home as Johnny (fellow joint-manager Johnny Hurford) and I would have gone to tale a look at our opening opposition.

“As it is I suspect I will take in a local game this weekend as we are without a match. We will train a couple of times before we go to Sidmouth and I don’t doubt it will be every bit as tough as an East Devon derby always is at Manstone Lane next Wednesday night.”

As for the season ahead, Stunell says: “We are in good health and I’d have to say that we are well ahead of where we were at this stage 12 months ago. Personally I cannot wait to see our new-look Axminster Town side in proper competitive action.”

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