Budleigh Reserves continue to battle on after another big defeat

PUBLISHED: 08:09 10 September 2014 | UPDATED: 08:09 10 September 2014

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Budleigh Salterton Reserves second home league match of the season found them involved in another local derby as they welcomed Topsham Town to Greenway Lane last Saturday, writes SpursTom.

The visitors arrived intent on preserving their 100 per cent start to the campaign and tore into the Robins from the off, forcing keeper Simon Savage into early action.

The speed and talents of Alex Gibbons was a constant threat, evidence of why he has been reported to be interesting the likes Plymouth Argyle amongst others.

It was he who opened the scoring, going on to net four times in the first 35 minutes, whilst Ashley McDermid was also on target, giving the Tops a healthy 5-0 half-time advantage.

Budleigh’s best chance came when a penalty was awarded on 49 minutes, but Josh Mingo’s spot kick was well saved.

To add salt to the wound, moments later Gibbons added number six before being replaced and then John Bailey made it seven.

The visitors had the luxury of being able to change goal keepers as the hosts yielded to pressure by conceding a further nine goals to Jordan Bastin (3), Matt Finn (2), Ashley McDermid once more, and also one each from Keiran Willdigg, Luke England and Ashley Bailey (who was later injured and needed ambulance attention).

It all ended in a comprehensive 16-0 victory to Topsham, who are one of the title favourites.

Terry Williams and his troops know it is going to be very tough this season, but hopefully with perseverance the results will soon go Budleigh’s way.

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