Beer defeat for Robins Reserves
PUBLISHED: 12:24 04 January 2011
BUDLEIGH made the short journey to Beer looking to play their first game in nearly a month.
The Beer surface was in surprisingly good condition after the recent cold spell. Beer made a quick start to the game and from there very first attack a cross was swung in and the unlucky Karl Riddell headed out for a corner but via his hand, which the referee decided was a penalty.
Alex Sprake was left no chance with the well taken kick. Budleigh battled hard for the remainder of the half but were indebted to Tim Nield for two headers off the line from a couple of Beer corner’s to keep it at just the one goal lead for the hosts.
Budleigh’s best chance of the first half was from a well taken Dave Radford free-kick which Mitch Cudd just missed when well placed.
The second half started with the concussed Cudd and Zac Pearce being replaced by Luke Kelsall and Paul Rowsell. Steve Hitchcock’s long cross found Kelsall and his header landed just the wrong side of the post in the 46th minute as Budleigh attacked well down the hill. Kelsall again went close with a fierce drive and Tim Nield also nearly fired home shaving the post. At the other end Sprake made two fine saves to keep Budleigh in the game. With time running out manager Wayne Rowsell pushed players on and a flurry of late corners arrived. From one of these Radford found Rich Higham in the middle of the goal 2 yards out unmarked and he some how headed over. All in all an even contest with both sides looking like they had enjoyed christmas. Next up Budleigh host Exmouth Amateur’s at Greenway Lane this Saturday in what should be a good derby.