Thursday, December 12, 2013
Topsham Town 0, Budleigh Reserves 0
The Budleigh management sprung a surprise with their defensive choice for this local derby which ended without a goal and with the Robins finishing with ten men, writes SpursTom.
Overall this was a poor match, with too many niggling fouls and not enough good football being played!
The battle was being fought in midfield, with neither keepers being fully tested in the first period where the most clear cut chance for Budleigh fell to Liam Pollard one-on-one.
However, he scooped the ball high over the keeper and the bar!
The second period was tense from start to finish, but with the play still of the scrappy variety.
The hosts asked plenty of questions to which the Budleigh defence was more than equal, whilst, at the other end of the pitch the Robins carried a threat, if only in patches.
The reduction to ten players for the visitors came when visitor Carl Wilson was unfortunate to be red-carded for a clumsy challenge, but he was the last defender in the situation, other incidents by either side seemed more offensive, but did not draw sever punishment!
Either team could have stolen the points in a frenetic finish, but perhaps a 0-0 draw was the best result. Both managers may wish to forget this game, but should be satisfied with the clean sheet.
On Saturday Budleigh have an afternoon off Fresha duty whilst Topsham travel to Tiverton Town Reserves.