Budleigh run continues

PUBLISHED: 16:10 13 February 2009 | UPDATED: 10:29 10 June 2010

BUDLEIGH slipped to a disappointing home defeat on a day when yet again the Greenway Lane pitch did what many other surfaces across the area were unable to do, beat the weather. Tom Bishop, Alex Hughes and Nathan Hadley all made their debuts

BUDLEIGH slipped to a disappointing home defeat on a day when yet again the Greenway Lane pitch did what many other surfaces across the area were unable to do, beat the weather.Tom Bishop, Alex Hughes and Nathan Hadley all made their debuts in Robins' colours but the game that followed was anything but a classic as a strong headwind made life very difficult for both the hosts and Clyst Valley.Clyst drew first blood when the home defence failed to clear a routine cross and the visiting striker struck from close range.Ten minutes before the break the home side were back on level terms thanks to skipper Rich Higham who fired home from the edge of the area after a neat inter- change of passes by the Budleigh players.The home plans were thrown into chaos early in the second half with the departure of Kirk Owen and Pete Grover with concussion and a muscle pull respectively, and things got worse for the hosts when the visiting side got their left winger free and when he cut inside his shot hit the back of the Budleigh net.Simon Rose, who had arrived late after being wheel clamped before the match, was summoned from the bench and his arrival brought new impetus to the Robins' efforts.Alex West powered a header goal- bound, only to see a fine save and then Rose rattled an upright after the visiting keeper produced a quite stunning save from point blank range.Next week Budleigh make the short trip to Otterton where they will be hoping to break a miserable sequence that has seen them bank just three points out of the last 21 available.It was as long ago as November 1 that the Robins Reserves last claimed a victory, since when it's a run of three draws and four defeats.Since the turn of the year they do not have a single point to show from their three outings in the top flight.

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