Thursday, December 5, 2013
Budleigh Salterton Reserves 1, Beer Albion 2
The needle has stuck in that groove which says ‘Budleigh Salterton reserves have wasted numerous chances over and over again’, yes it was another one of those frustrating afternoons for the Greenway Lane faithful as the home side squandered the opportunity of gaining valuable points, writes SpursTom.
Beer Albion arrived having recorded only two wins from nine league matches played. For the opening 18 minutes they were bombarded from all angles, and conceded several corners and free-kicks without being punished.
Making good use of their reprieve, a long clearance caught the Robins off guard, and there was the opposition’s manager the vastly experienced ex pro Richard Walker to curl his strike away from debutant goal keeper Alex Paltridge (a left footed defender drafted in to replace the injured Adrian Pullin).
This swung the pendulum the visitor’s way, who adopted a more attacking ploy forcing the Robins back with a higher percentage of possession.
Nothing much occurred by the midway stage of the second period except home substitutions and formation, but still did not manage a break through.
The more dangerous men from Beer were once again rewarded by the cool head of Richard Walker with an angled drive into the bottom corner. Substitute Richard Higham pulled one back to halve the deficit, but sadly it proved to be too little, too late.
A strong mental attitude is needed on Saturday for the journey down the Exeter Road to Topsham Town.