Budleigh Vets fall short in bid for the League championship

Budleigh Vets v Drakes Drum

Budleigh Vets v Drakes Drum - Credit: Ian Hitchcock

Budleigh Salterton Veterans Reds just missed out on a semi-final spot in the Devon Vets League after a 3-2 defeat to Plymouth side Drakes Drum. 

Budleigh finished top of their league table with a 100% record after the group matches, joining Drakes Drum, Elburton Villa, Okehampton Argyle, Otterton, Plymouth Phoenix, Plymouth United and Sidmouth Town, as one of the Super Eight contesting the knock-out stage. 

On a pleasant evening, those watching were treated to some good football from both sides, with Budleigh taking a 12th minute lead through Danny Williams, but it was all square on 25 minutes. The home advantage was regained by the impressive Sam Goodin for a half-time score of 2-1. 

The second period saw the visitors’ best passage of play and a defensive mix-up gave them a 76th minute equalizer.  Both sides gave everything in the closing stages before a penalty for Drakes gave them a place in the last four. 

Full commitment from both sides

Full commitment from both sides - Credit: Ian Hitchcock

Budleigh header on goal

Budleigh header on goal - Credit: Ian Hitchcock

Stroking it around the midfield

Stroking it around the midfield - Credit: Ian Hitchcock