Thursday, September 5, 2013
Heavitree United 1, Budleigh Reserves 3
The Robins second team recorded their second victory in as many away matches to make it a really good start to the league season, writes SpursTom.
The Robins travelled to Exeter without a regular goal-keeper, which meant defender Mike Pidgeon was employed between the sticks.
Confidence was high following that remarkable comeback against Clyst Valley, and it showed in the early period as they took the game to the hosts, dominating play.
It was therefore no surprise when they went ahead on 10 minutes, Zack Pearce heading home from a Josh Hill long throw. Within minutes the score line was doubled, the trickery of Brandon Perry ended with him being tripped in the box and he coolly despatched the penalty. The visitors still had to be on their toes as the home team tried to get back into the game. In a ten minute spell Carl Wilson cleared off the line, following by good defensive work from Zack Pearce and the save of the match by Mike Pidgeon going low to his right to turn the ball round the post for a corner.
Sadly, bad marking allowed Dylan Dare to net from the corner for a half time score of 1–2.
Heavitree came out the more positive team after the break, but though on top for about 10 minutes were unable to find the target. Having weathered the storm, Budleigh again took over control, and on the hour lone striker Richard Higham crowned his Man of the Match performance with his third and decisive goal. It got worse for Heavitree, for, having used all their substitutes, their captain was forced off with a hamstring injury. Though Budleigh did not increase their lead, they did enough to make sure of gaining all three points.
Another player who needs mentioning is Tim Nield for his defensive work, the senior man simply did a calm and thorough job in the middle.
Team: Mike Pidgeon, Carl Wilson, Nick Bartlett (Ross James), Tim Nield, Zack Pearce, Brandon Perry (Liam West), Aarron Denny, Josh Hill, Callum Shipton, Liam Pollard (Aiden Martin) and Richard Higham. Unused sub: Darren Everest.