Budleigh Salterton Reserves 1, Heavitree United 1

Despite the previous night’s storm, football made a welcome return to Budleigh Salterton F C’s Greenway Lane last Saturday, thanks to the hard work by volunteer Frank Delling deputising for regular groundsman Andy Allett (recovering from recent knee operation), writes SpursTom.

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The match itself was never going to be a classic, especially with visitors Heavitree United fighting against relegation and the Robin’s Reserves attempting to end the year victorious. It was the hosts who started brighter, with their early pressure but unable to prise open the defence. As fate would have it against the run of play they found themselves behind after 16 minutes going asleep as a free kick was taken, Dan Gill finding a gap into the bottom right hand corner. Budleigh may have had the higher percentage of possession but too often gave the ball away to a side looking dangerous on the counter attack. The moment of the match came in the 42nd minute, a pin-point pass was powerfully headed by Sam Schlaefli, somehow the visiting keeper Harry Slack brilliantly tipped the ball over to preserve a half-time lead.

The second period was only a couple minutes old, but within that time the match official Mr B Perryman (who in my opinion had a very good match) stamped his authority by booking a player from each team for over- zealous challenges just outside Heavitree’s area.

The heavy, muddy pitch and the lack of match practice was taking its toll on the players as the game became scrappier. There were chances created at both ends before Budleigh finally took one in the 81st minute from a set piece with Mark Lever heading the equalizer. The hosts will be disappointed and will need to raise their game greatly when they travel to Seaton on Saturday.

Budleigh: Jordan Hockold, David Radford, Zack Pearce, Richard Higham, Josh Sale, Aarron Denny, Josh Hill, Mark Lever, Jack Greenslade, George Pannell, Sam Schlaefli, Liam Pollard, Brandon Perry (unused subs Alex Richardson, Ross James, Darren Everest).

SpursTom would like to wish all a very happy 2014.


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