Budleigh claim a point
PUBLISHED: 09:47 31 October 2008 | UPDATED: 09:55 10 June 2010
BUDLEIGH SALTERTON showed great resilience to battle back from a two goal deficit twice to eventually secure a point from their Greenway Lane meeting with Okehampton, writes Alan Beer.
BUDLEIGH SALTERTON showed great resilience to battle back from a two goal deficit twice to eventually secure a point from their Greenway Lane meeting with Okehampton, writes Alan Beer. The conditions served up a very blustery wind and that simply made for a match of 'two halves' inasmuch as the side with the wind at their backs proved the dominant force each half. The visitors played with the elements in their favour in the first half and they were nearly ahead in the 8th minute but a fine save from Chris Garnsworthy denied them. A deflected shot finally beat the Robins glovesman and they doubled their lead when a player beat the offside trap to run on and score and that took Okehampton in at the break with a two goal advantage. It was a very different story after the break with the hosts now aided by the fierce wind. After a number of 'near misses', that had seen the visitors scramble the ball off the line and a couple of last gasp defensive blocks, the Robins finally made the breakthrough. On 55 minutes Danny Williams made good progress down the wing and crossed for Danny Minto to head home. Williams then had a goalbound effort cleared off the line before disaster struck when the visitors broke and scored to regain a two goal advantage. A masterly change of formation by the management pair paid dividends as two goals in as many minutes turned the game on its head. First Stuart Francis rounded the keeper and the Danny Minto set up David Wilkes to lash in the equaliser. Sadly, from a home supporters point of view, that was the end of the scoring and the game ended 3-3. So, just the one point against an opponent that the Robins beat home and away last season and probably sums up why the reigning champions are now some 13 points behind current leaders Galmpton Gents. On Saturday the Robins make the short trip into Exeter to meet University who will begin the game one place and two points better off than the Greenway lane men, having played one game more.