Rangers were back in action after a three week lay off and included new signing Lewis Waldy at left back. A bumper crowd of 205 were packed into Edenvale Park for the game which was given the green light to go ahead after a referee’s inspection.
The home team were soon on the front foot and looked in control of the game but it was the visitor’s who came closest to scoring in the early stages as the dangerous Richard Hebditch clipped the outside of the upright when he was left in the clear. That was as good as it was going to get for “The Tigers” as Rangers broke the deadlock in the 25th minute when new signing Lewis Waldy cut in from the left to score with a right footed drive from 20 yards. Ten minutes later it was 2-0. This time it was Joe Chamberlain following the same route down the left before weaving past several defenders and scoring, his fifth goal in as many matches. Axminster then suffered a severe blow when Tony Pinder was dismissed after receiving his second yellow card. Just before the break Chamberlain was brought down in the box and up stepped Connor Bryant to convert the spot kick with ease.
Any hopes of an Axminster fight back were quickly put to bed at the start of the second period as within 5 minutes of the restart Rangers had stretched their lead to five thanks to two quality strikes from Jack Bryant and brother Sam. The visitors dug deep and defended well and it was with just 15 minutes when Lewis Waldy grabbed the sixth goal with a superb strike, this time with his favoured left foot. Axminster were then reduced to nine men with a defender being sin binned and three more goals quickly followed, two from Connor and one for Danny Baily to conclude an emphatic victory.
Liam was naturally delighted “I thought our tempo throughout the game on a difficult service was excellent and I could not be more pleased. A special thnaks though to the ground staff for getting the game on.”