Budleigh Salterton Reserevs keep up the battle to preserve Fresha League top flight status

PUBLISHED: 11:29 16 February 2012

Action from Budleigh versus Totnes and Dartington

Action from Budleigh versus Totnes and Dartington

Copyright: I Hitchcock

Budleigh Salterton Reserves were, like many teams, forced to sit out another afternoon owing to the weather, writes SpursTom.

At the end of the 2010/11 season, not only did the club Football Secretary resign, but the Robins also lost the management staff of both squads, plus a large number of players also departed Greenway Lane.

With the prospect of promoting the majority of the remaining reserve team players to the first team, there seemed the likelihood of not running a Second team for 20ll/2012.

Richard ‘Chad’ Tapp took over the Football Secretary roll, with Danny Williams being the first team player/manager. Thankfully, and most significantly, John Pannell was persuaded to take up the post of Reserve Team Manager.

He managed to bring with him the under-16 team he’d previously run. Mixing the youngsters with the very few remaining players who were not involved in the first team, the club continued to operate in the Fresha League, Premier Division.

It is no wonder that new Robin reserves side are finding it tough going at times, as these youngsters find themselves thrust into a much higher grade of football much sooner than they expected, against opponents who are not only physically stronger, but also vastly more experienced!

It is also not to be forgotten that week in and week out the opposition represents the first team of that particular club in a division, which is only one step below The South West Peninsula League.

A big blow was the recent loss of skipper Scott Howarth, a stalwart Budleigh servant, who has had to retire due to persistent injuries.

The enthusiasm is there, as is the ability, competing as best as they can by trying to play football. They have had some unexpectedly good results, sadly too few, and the table reflects the gulf between themselves and others.

They have nine league games left of which eight are away Greenway Lane.

They will need all the encouragement, helpful support and lots of luck in their bid to retain top flight status, if they manage it they can consider it most certainly a successful campaign.

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