Denny stars as Budleigh suffer late blow in defeat to Bovey Tracey

PUBLISHED: 11:12 20 October 2017 | UPDATED: 11:12 20 October 2017

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Budleigh Salterton had no luck whatsoever when they met Bovey Tracey at Greenway Lane in a rearranged South West Peninsula League Easter Division match.

The Robins ultimately lost to an 85th minute goal, but did enough during the contest to deserve, at the very least, a share of the spoils.

What’s more, Budleigh had in their ranks the game’s best player on the day in the shape of Aaron Denny, who was at the heart of much of the productive play that the home side served up.

The Robins had a lucky escape in the eighth minute when former Western League hitman Joe Bushin saw a shot come back off the crossbar.

The first Budleigh chance of the game came from some great work by Denny, who showed quick feet to fashion himself a chance that saw him side-step the glovesman before finding the narrowing angle just too tight to squeeze the ball into the net and then Denny was involved in the build-up prior to former Robins player-manager Danny Williams – making his first full start of the season in place of the suspended Jordan Harris - drilling the ball narrowly wide of the upright.

Nine minutes before the break the deadlock was broken when, following a mix-up in the Robins defence, Matt Churchill had the easier of ‘tap-ins’ to fire Bovey into the lead.

Budleigh began the second half as the dominant force and it was no more than they deserved when, in the 63rd minute, Denny cut in from the right hand side and fired the ball between glovesman and near post.

Twelve minutes later Denny again created an opening and his shot was narrowing towards the net when an outstretched leg stopped it on the goal line!

Typical of the way the game had unfolded for Budleigh, there were just five minutes left when a long, hopeful ball was delivered into the home area where Bushin had cleverly created some space to take on a free header and plant it firmly in the back of the net.

On Saturday, Budleigh head up the North Devon Link Road to take on Ilfracombe. They are boosted by the return of Jordan Harris and Karl Riddell, who both missed the Bovey Tracey defeat serving one match bans.

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