Thursday, August 22, 2013
Budleigh made a winning start to the new South West Peninsula League, Eastern Division season at a wet and windy Simmons Park, not
the usual hot start that players and supporters have experienced over the past season, writes Alan Beer.
The wet and slippery surface caused the players problems, finding it difficult to get into any sort of rhythm.
On 20 minutes Peter Grover did well to get a cross into Mark Lever, but his headed effort rebounded off a defender.
On 26 minutes the Robins took the lead.
A corner kick from Brett Wright was headed home by Carl Everest at the far post.
The remainder of the first period saw little in the way of goal mouth action and Budleigh took their slender advantage into the break.
With the ran continuing to fall steadily neither side looked like adding to the score line until the 75th minute when Matt Mortimer finally got the ball past Jason Hockold, who was having a good game in the Robins goal, only to see his effort cleared off the line by Wright.
Man of the Match Hockold was soon again in action, diving to the foot of his right hand post to keep out an effort by Brad Ausden.
That proved to be the final threat offered by the hosts as Budleigh closed out a clean sheet victory.
Two home games follow for the Robins with Liverton and Plymstock the opponents.
Robins team: Hockhold, Sale, Riddell, Everest, Pallett, Demetre (Schlaefli), Ellis, Wright, Grover (Dawson), Lever, Greenslade (Williams).
Subs not used: Carr, Shipton.