Budleigh Salterton AFC hoping for better things in the New Year

PUBLISHED: 09:30 23 December 2009 | UPDATED: 12:30 10 June 2010

ONE OF the big mystery s of the South West Peninsula League season to date has to be the presence of Budleigh Salterton in the lower reaches of the Eastern Division.

ONE OF the big mystery's of the South West Peninsula League season to date has to be the presence of Budleigh Salterton in the lower reaches of the Eastern Division.

The Robins began the season with hopes high for a successful campaign, but they head into the New Year with just four wins from their 15 games to date, ten of which have resulted in defeats!

Just the one win on the road in nine outings, that an October 24, 6-3 win at fellow strugglers Bickleigh - a side they have actually met four times in the first half of the season, twice in the League and also in two different cup competitions, and beaten them every time!

As an example of just what the side is capable of comes from their November 28 2-2 draw at high flying Galmpton Gents, but they have also lost at University, Civil Service, Alphington, Axminster, Appledore and Royal Marines AFC.

It's been marginally better at Greenway Lane where they have at least claimed three wins seeing off Bickleigh, Okehampton Argyle and Alphington, whilst Exeter Civil Service, Teignmouth Town, Axminster Town and Galmpton gents have all returned from playing on that splendid Greenway lane turf with wins.

So what awaits followers of the Robins in the second half of the season? Hopefully, an upward climb away from the lower reaches of the table.

They have a real Christmas cracker up next with the Boxing Day visit of neighbours Exmouth Town and that seems the perfect outing from which to kick-start their season.

They follow the derby game with a number of away days in January that will give the side a chance to, hopefully, add to the away victories column!

On January 2 they go to Stoke Gabriel, the following week they are at Crediton United and on the 16th they play their first home game of 2010 with the visit of Appledore before they end the month with two more away trips, on the 23rd they are at Totnes and Dartington and on the 30th they travel to Newton Abbot Spurs.

Do not be surprised if, at the end of the season, the Robins are at the opposite end to the table to their current bottom six berth!

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