Robinettes edged out in another cup final

PUBLISHED: 07:20 30 May 2018

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For the third time this season Budleigh Salterton ladies from Division One of the Westward Developments Devon Women’s League have ended up as runners-up, writes SpursTom.

In what was arguably their hardest – it was also their final – task of the campaign, the Robinettes were tasked with taking on the mighty Buckland Athletic ladies’ 2nd team, who ply their regular trade in the Premier Division, in the final of the Graddon Vending Devon Women’s Supplementary Cup Final.

The match was played under the floodlights at the home of the Devon FA, Coach Road, Newton Abbot and it was certainly billed as a contest between clear favourites (Buckland Athletic) with the Robinettes taking to the pitch very much as the underdogs.

However, the performance served up by the Budleigh ladies defied that pre-match thinking. They fell behind to a seventh minute goal, but rather than then succumb to a heavy defeat they took the fight to their loftier opponents. Buckland scored their second seven minutes into the second half – Chloe Driscoll scoring both their goals – but, in a contest that was packed with end-to-end action, both defences had to work hard to keep the opposition attack at bay. My pick of those defenders, and also the person who the judges voted Player of the Match was Kallie Horner, who was outstanding in the Robinettes’ defence. Despite being two goals down, Budleigh continued to play on the front foot and it was no more than they deserved when Hannah Dawe struck with 15 minutes to play. Beaten they may well have been – albeit narrowly – but the Robinettes can hold their heads up with pride, for they played ‘out of their skins’ in what proved to be an excellent final. So that’s it for another terrific season of ladies’ football at Greenway Lane. The Robinettes have had a terrific season, as three cases of ‘runners-up’ underlines. Hopefully they can now rest in the summer, regroup, and then come back next season and take things that step further.

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