Budleigh Reserves battle well before falling to Thorverton

PUBLISHED: 12:41 12 February 2015 | UPDATED: 12:41 12 February 2015

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What do you do when you are about to face opponents who triumphed 15-0 in the last meeting between you? This was the dilemma facing Budleigh Salterton Reserve team manager Terry Williams and his troupe when Thorverton were the visitors to Greenway for a league match, writes SpursTom.

The hosts took the field in a positive mood intent on not being humiliated, and, for 36 minutes they played as well as I’ve seen this season, and could have been ahead, but Tom Vickery tipped Graham Tapp shot over the bar.

In the 37th minute a lapse in concentration was punished putting them behind, and then it all went horribly wrong on the stroke of half-time, as Darren Everest was dismissed for a handball offence and the resulting penalty was converted to leave a downcast Robins unfortunately trailing 2-0 at the interval.

The home side made a good start to the second period and held out until the 63rd minute before shipping four goals in just eight minutes! Matters worsened; Liam West was booked and the awarded penalty found the target for the Mid Devon sides’ seventh goal. Late on they added two more past an unprotected Dean Rawlings to consign the Robins Reserves to a 9-0 reversal.

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