Hitchcock nets five as Budleigh book last 16 berth in Devon Premier Cup

PUBLISHED: 10:12 08 November 2018 | UPDATED: 10:12 08 November 2018

Budleigh at home to Honiton. Ref exsp 43 18TI 3413. Picture: Terry Ife

Budleigh at home to Honiton. Ref exsp 43 18TI 3413. Picture: Terry Ife


Budleigh Salterton booked a berth in the last 16 of the Devon Premier Cup after a thrilling 6-4 win at Macron Devon and Exeter League Premier Division outfit Feniton, writes Alan Beer.

The Acland Park cup tie was certainly full of drama as the Robins shipped two goals inside the opening four minutes before storming back to lead 3-2 at the break before increasing that lead to 5-2 only for the home side to score two late goals to set up a nerve-jangling last few minutes during which time Johnny Hitchcock netted his fifth goal of the contest to seal his sides place in the last16.

The game was just 35 seconds old when Fenton’s Adam Pearce struck a speculative effort from out side that was carried by the wind up and over Aland Doble in the Budleigh goal. Minutes later the evergreen Phil Everett sized up a free-kick in a central position and, from 20 yards, curled the ball round the wall and into the net.

Going 2-0 down in such a short space of time, what the Robins needed was an instant reply and they got just that when, in the fifth minute, Johnny Hitchcock did well out wide before crossing into the area where the arriving Ethan Slater drilled the ball home.

Parity was restored on the half hour, and was achieved with a fine ‘team’ goal. Harry Gibbings was involved at the start of the move and recent signing James Leaper also played a prominent part before Hitchcock thumped the ball home from 20 yards. The comeback was complete when, with 10 minutes to go to half-time, Hitchcock scored his second, this time firing home from the edge of the area.

Early in the second half Hitchcock punished a poor clearance by the Fenny glovesman to complete his hat-trick and make it 4-2 and it was soon 5-2 with substitute Matt Robinson, who has come up through the youth ranks at the club, did well to set up the chance for Hitchcock to score his fourth.

Feniton, to their credit, refused to lie down and they gave themselves hope with 10 minutes to go when Charlie Selley scored. Seven minutes later that hope grew as Selley scored again, but Budleigh were not to be denied and it was that man Hitchcock who scored his fifth of the contest, and a sixth for Budleigh, to see his side into the last 16 draw.

This Saturday (November 10) it’s back to the ‘bread-and-butter’ of league football for the Robins with a trip to Waldon Athletic.


Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Exmouth Journal visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Exmouth Journal staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Exmouth Journal account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Other Sport Stories

Sunday, November 11, 2018

All teams have completed the first of four rounds of fixtures in the Exmouth Snooker League.

Read more
Sunday, November 11, 2018

A goal from Callum Shipton worthy of winning any game and a strong determined defensive performance were the keys to Exmouth Town overcoming title favourites Tavistock last Saturday, writes John Dibsdall.

Read more
Sunday, November 11, 2018

Exmouth United Under-14s put in another commanding performance as they defeated Central City 11-1 to make it eight wins from eight outings so far this season.

Read more
Saturday, November 10, 2018

Exmouth Town are back with that winning feeling – and what a win too – after a 1-0 South West Peninsula League Premier Division, Southern Road over Tavistock.

Read more
Thursday, November 8, 2018

Madeira bowlers played a home mixed match against Plymouth Civil Service, a combination team from various outdoor Plymouth clubs, writes Jean Healey.

Read more
Thursday, November 8, 2018

With no league fixture for the Exmouth Colts, a last minute friendly was set up at the Imperial Ground with Somerset side Wellington.

Read more
Thursday, November 8, 2018

Budleigh Salterton booked a berth in the last 16 of the Devon Premier Cup after a thrilling 6-4 win at Macron Devon and Exeter League Premier Division outfit Feniton, writes Alan Beer.

Read more
Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Exmouth Harrier Tom Merson had a comfortable win on Sunday in the Bideford 10 mile race setting an impressive personal best of 50:50, writes Cathy Newman.

Read more
Wednesday, November 7, 2018

The last Saturday of October coincided with the final regatta of the Southwest Coastal League season which descended on Plymouth, writes Craig Chaulk.

Read more
Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Cockles head coach Steve Perry was left feeling very deflated at the full-time whistle on Saturday afternoon.

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 14°C

min temp: 11°C

Most Read Sport

Useful Links

Advertise in the Paper
Submit a Story
Subscriptions Order
Photo Orders
Family notices
Google Plus
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Read the Exmouth Journal e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Exmouth Journal twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Show Job Lists

Find planning applications