Below-par Budleigh edged out at Torridgeside

PUBLISHED: 10:58 29 March 2018

Honiton 2nds at home to East Budleigh. Ref mhsp 40-16TI 9156. Picture: Terry Ife

Honiton 2nds at home to East Budleigh. Ref mhsp 40-16TI 9156. Picture: Terry Ife


An 85th minute goal consigned Budleigh Salterton to a 2-1 defeat in their South West Peninsula League (SWPL), Eastern Division game at Torridgeside, writes Alan Beer.

On yet another matchday this season when the weather led to many postponements, the Robins arrived in North Devon to find a heavy surface that cut up significantly to such a degree that, in the second half, playing passing football was impossible given the amount of divots that had been created,

That said, the heavy ground was the same for both teams and, in truth, the Robins did not get out of first gear from start to finish.

Budleigh made a good start and took the lead as early as the fourth minute when Aaron Denny created some space for himself on the edge of the area before drilling the ball home from 18 yards.

The first threat from the home side came in the 15th minute when a Jamie Bright shot was driven wide of Alan Doble’s goal.

Three minutes later and only the depth of the crossbar denied Denny – and Budleigh – a second. Ten minutes before the break, Mark Bettis touched home the equaliser from close range and that was the way the contest remained through to the interval. After the break, the surface of the pitch began to cut up badly and both sides laboured in their attempts to try and play football.

There were just five minutes left when, after winning a free-kick out on the left, the ball was delivered to the six yard box and there was Bettis to score his second of the game to seal all three points for Torridgeside.

Budleigh are back in action on Friday morning when they make the short trip to Sidmouth Town for an 11am kick-off. The game is part of the 2018 SWPL Groundhop and is the first of three matches in East Devon, with the 3pm kick-off match being the one at Honiton Town where Ilfracombe Town are the visitors and then there’s a 7pm start for the Axminster Town versus Crediton United meeting at Tiger Way.

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