Walter Parsons League Cup Saturday 20th October 2018
The Vikings went through to the third round of the Walter Parsons Cup with a derby win over their local rivals Axminster Town. The worst possible start for the hosts as Axminster took the lead in the first minute with a shot from an acute angle. Kev Tooze in charge after the departure of Richard Pears set the team up to play football as opposed to the long ball game that had previously been deployed. A nervy opening few minutes were evident as the players struggled to adapt to the new system and the visiting side were on top. Midway through the half Will Jenkins turned on the ball and sent an unstoppable right foot shot into the top corner from thirty yards. Town had been improving and at this stage were the better side. Chances came and went until top scorer Ash Small headed home at the far post from an outstanding Russ Coombes cross to give the Vikings the lead at the interval.
Axminster made a couple of changes at half time in an attempt to claw their way back into a game that was slipping away minute by minute. Rob Knight was causing the Axminster defence all sorts of problems and with Small, Harry Taylor and Ferenc Bodor in support Town were opening up the tiring visitors defence. Ollie Jarrett and Jenkins were dominating the engine room with the rear-guard of Coombes, Chris Duchenski, Ash Matthews and Dan Carpenter looking solid there was only one likely outcome. Dan Machin in goal was a spectator for so much of the half such was the dominance of the rampant Vikings. Small went close on a couple of occasions before calmly slotting past the overwhelmed glovesman to make it 3-1. Knight headed goal ward only for Jarrett to unwittingly block the effort, Jenkins was unlucky with a low effort partied out only for Duchenski to miss from the rebound a yard out !
Ben Clay entered the fray with Taylor making, way having ran himself ragged, as brother Dan Clay stayed on the side-lines nursing a strain but having an important role with sound advice being offered to players and management.
The icing was put on the cake as Knight chested down for Small who hooked the ball over his shoulder and saw the ball sail into the far corner giving the keeper no chance.
With seconds remaining the visitors got a second with a hotly disputed goal from a corner, the referee failing to see a blatant push on Churchill to give the score line a flattering look for Axminster.
Toozey was delighted with the attitude of the players. After conceding so early it would have been easy for heads to drop but through hard work and perseverance they got even with Axminster and then dominated their opponents. The next round sees Sidmouth drawn away to Premier side Cullompton Rangers on Tuesday 27th November 7:30 ko.
Wednesday 31st, Halloween, sees Honiton Town visit Manstone 7-30 ko.
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