Axminster Town AFC net first league win of the season in 3-2 thriller at Crediton

After three straight defeats, Axminster Town AFC finally got their 2020/21 South West Peninsula League Premier East campaign up and running with a 3-2 Monday night win at Crediton United.

In a topsy-turvy game the Tigers trailed 1-0, levelled before the break and then led 2-1 in the second half.

The home side restored parity before Axminster sealed victory with a goal inside the final ten minutes.

Striker Marcus Fanson, who missed Saturday’s miserable 4-0 defeat away at Torrington, scored twice and the other Town goal was netted by Josh Phillips.

Axminster Town AFC manager Josh Stunell said: “We were as good on Monday night as we had been poor at Torrington on Saturday.

“That 4-0 defeat came about after we made three horrendous individual errors inside the opening quarter of the contest and that gave us too big a mountain to climb.

“After the game in North Devon, we had words with the lads and told them, in no uncertain terms that what they had served up was not good enough and we needed to see a reaction.

“Well, to be fair to the lads, they gave us a reaction all right. They were, to a player, superb.”

He continued: “We did not do anything differently at Crediton than we had done against Dartmouth, Elmore or Torrington, but what we did do was cut out the silly individual errors and play as a collective and that paid dividends.”

The Tigers are back in action on Saturday (September 19) when they travel to Launceston for an FA Vase tie and then on September 23 travel to Sidmouth for the first of what will be four East Devon derby fixtures this league term.

Looking ahead to the FA Vase tie, Stunell says: “Given we have broken the run of defeats, I’d of course, prefer we had another league game as the league campaign is what our season is judged on.

“That said, the FA Vase is an opportunity to meet different opposition and face new challenges and we will travel to Launceston looking to begin a run in the competition.”

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