Budleigh edged out at Crediton United

PUBLISHED: 13:52 15 August 2018 | UPDATED: 13:52 15 August 2018

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Budleigh Salterton began a new South West Peninsula League Eastern Division campaign with a narrow defeat on their visit to Crediton United, writes Steve Birley.

However, the first game of new Budleigh boss John Pannel’s tenure in the Robins’ hot seat will surely be remembered for the performance from the man in the middle!

Budleigh’s regular matchday reporter Alan Beer says: “The match official handed out yellow cards for the most innocuous of things and then, when the unfortunate Alex [Paltridge] sustained what looked a nasty injury, albeit from an ‘even-steven’ challenge, the man in the middle decided to book our Karl Everest, who was clearly trying to persuade the referee that the game ought to be stopped for a head injury. Then, which was even more bizarre, the half-time whistle was blown leaving the stricken Alex still prone on the playing surface. I have honestly never seen anything like it in all my time with the club.”

Alan added: “We shall certainly be submitting a written report to the league.”

As for the action, Budleigh made a bright start and, just four minutes into the game, a Reece Stevens free-kick was headed narrowly over by Karl Everest.

The only goal of the contest came on the half hour when a free-kick was initially superbly kept out by Alan Doble, but fell kindly for Simon Durant to tuck home.

Five minutes before the break, another Stevens free-kick was well delivered and this time Harry Gibbings got on the end of it only to see his shot well saved by home glovesman Lee Waring.

In the closing moments of the half, the injury to the unfortunate Paltridge happened and he was subsequently taken to hospital and his place for the second half was taken by young Ethan Slater.

Prior to his injury Paltridge was the stand-out performer for the Robins and young Slater proved a very capable deputy.

Twenty minutes into the second half Budleigh again went close when a 20-yard free-kick from Karl Everest cannoned back off the crossbar with the glovesman well beaten!

Despite the defeat there were plenty of positives for Budleigh to take out of the game.

On Saturday, Budleigh go to Stoke Gabriel and then visit Honiton Town next Wednesday (August 22).

Best wishes go from all at Greenway Lane to Alex Paltridge in the hope he makes a swift recovery and is not away from football for too long.

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