Budleigh hit for eight by high-flying Elmore

PUBLISHED: 16:36 19 September 2018

Goal!

Goal!

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Budleigh Salterton went down 8-0 in their home league meeting with unbeaten, and high-flying, Elmore, but once again the ‘footballing gods’ seemed to working against the battling Robins, writes Alan Beer

In what was a close encounter during the opening stages the Robins were dealt a cruel blow when a ball looked to have gone out for a corner, but a goal kick was awarded and, with one long punt up-field, the visitors’ fleet-footed striker Kieran Rapo netted.

Budleigh hit back and were so close to a leveller when Harry Gibbons, seeing Elmore glovesman Paul Gibbins, off his line, looked to lift the ball over the goalkeeper and did so, only to see it nestle on the top of the net!

It was a terrific effort, but so typical of the way the early season ‘lady fortune’ is falling for the Robins!

Minutes later it was 2-0 with Rapo netting again and, with two further quick fire goals from Jessie Howe and Harry Butler, Elmore led 4-0, a score they took into the break. Rapo completed his hat-trick early in the second half and it was 7-0 on the hour mark after a Jessie Howe penalty and an Ian Patchett strike.

Budleigh’s new signing Johnny Hitchcock saw the Elmore glovesman make an outstanding save to deny the hosts a consolation and late on Jordan Bastin scored the eighth and final goal.

So, another heavy defeat for the Robins, but again their loyal supporters, amongst the lowest gate of the new term, will have been left ruing their side’s lack of ‘lady luck’.

Hopefully things will change when they travel to Ilfracombe on Saturday for a Devon Premiere Cup tie.

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