Budleigh bag a point from visit to title challengers
PUBLISHED: 06:56 08 December 2011
Copyright: I Hitchcock
Budleigh Salterton travelled to Okehampton knowing the pitch was going to be very wet because they did not know the game was to be played until 15 minutes before they were due to set off, writes Alan Beer.
As soon as the game kicked off it was very apparent just how difficult the conditions were going to be.
Budleigh’s Darren Carr had the first chance of the game on ten minutes when he tested Harry Geering in the home goal with a shot from 18 yards, the keeper doing well to stop the shot, in the subsequent scramble the home defence managed to keep the ball out, and get it clear.
Four minutes later Budleigh took the lead. Josh Sale floated in a free kick from 30 yards out to the edge of the six-yard box and then Mike Hancock got above the home defence to head the ball in.
Okehampton’s Luke Alden was causing problems for the Budleigh Salterton defence and when he broke down the left and crossed into the 6-yard box Will Hawkings touched it home.
On 62 minutes Mark Lever did well to feed the ball through for Sam Bird to run on to but the heavy pitch, now cutting up badly, made it difficult for him to control the ball and the chance was gone.
The home side were then reduced to ten men when Dave Youlden got a second yellow and was sent off. Budleigh then applied a lot of pressure looking for the winner.
In the last minute they were denied by the home keeper who somehow managed to tip a goal bound shot from David Lever away for a corner.
The point sees the Robins remain twelfth in the Eastern Division table. This Saturday they travel again with a visit to another of the title chasers, Liverton, who won the meeting at Greenway Lane back in September 4-1.