Budleigh Reserves so unfortunate in game at Beer

PUBLISHED: 07:37 05 February 2015 | UPDATED: 07:38 05 February 2015

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Budleigh Salterton Reserves travelled to Beer Albion without their regular goalkeeper, so defender Alex Paltridge went between the sticks, writes SpursTom.

The stand-in gloves man was beaten with a wind assisted free kick by his opposite number Stephen Jones, early into the match, the question remains should the goal have stood or not?

A Budleigh player was adjudged to be offside, which apparently was disputed. The home keeper took the kick, the ball evaded everyone, bounced and flew over Paltridge’s head and into the net.

There were several expressions of disbelief when the referee pointed to the centre circle. Though no player was cautioned, the official deemed it a direct free-kick unknowing to all. Even with the hosts being on top most of the half, it remained 1-0 at the break.

The second period began with the Robins on the defensive, but as the half progressed and with the strong wind now in their backs, they too were carving chances, and with their lone supporter sounding noisier than the mass of home followers, they pulled level (this the teams’ 10th goal of the campaign – double figure’s at last!), through Ben Rowland with the assist from Josh Mingo.

A measure of desperation was creeping into the Beer Albion game and home player-manager Richard Walker introduced himself to the action.

His experienced presence steadied the home ship and James Melville netted the Beer winning with just a few minutes remaining.

The Robins hearts were broken as their brave fight back came to a disappointing end. This performance deserved at least a share of the spoils.

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