Thursday, December 19, 2013
Budleigh Salterton 2, Crediton United 1
In weather conditions that did not suit good football the Robins did enough to bag a third successive victory and a fourth in five games to continue their climb up the South West Peninsula League eastern Division, writes Alan Beer.
In a bright start by the home side Matt Dawson missed a couple of early chances, but made amends on six minutes when
George Pannell set him up to slot home from six-yards out.
The same player again went close when he had a shot glance off the wrong side of a post. The visitors, with the strong wind at their backs, kept floating long balls into the penalty box, and when the Robins defence failed to deal with one Perry
Carpenter scored from close range to level the scores with 14 minutes gone. The remainder of the first half was a fairly mundane affair and half-time arrived with the score still 1-1.
Twelve minutes into the second period Callum Shipton went close to restoring the Robins lead when his shot from 25-yards was tipped over the crossbar by Lee Waring in the Crediton goal. The home side went close again on 70 minutes when Pannell saw his long range effort glance off a post. On 80 minutes player-boss Danny Williams replaced Josh Sale and almost made an immediate impact with a shot just wide from the edge of the box. The winning goal came on 82 minutes, set up
by Jack Greenslade, who did well down the left hand side. His cross into the box found Dawson who touched in from close range to seal another three points for the home side.
Budleigh: Hockhold, Bradshaw, Sale (Williams), Everest, Woodin, Demetre (Hill), Lever, Shipton (Denny), Dawson, Pannell, Greenslade. Sub not used: Wright.
That was the Robins final game before Christmas. They are next in action on Boxing Day when Greenway Lane stages an intriguing East Devon derby with Sidmouth Town the visitors for an 11am kick-off.
The first game of the new year sees more home action with Okehampton at Greenway Lane on Saturday, January 4 (3pm).