Budleigh Salterton denied a goal for the first time in the SWP League this season

PUBLISHED: 10:12 28 November 2013 | UPDATED: 10:12 28 November 2013

Action from the Budleigh Salterton 3-0 defeat to Stoke Gabriel

Action from the Budleigh Salterton 3-0 defeat to Stoke Gabriel

Copyright: I Hitchcock

Budleigh Salterton 0, Stoke Gabriel 3

The Robins failed to scorer in an SWP league outing for the first time this season as they fell to a side that sport the division’s best defensive record, writes Alan Beer.

Although The Robins had the better of the opening 10 minutes, it was the visitors who took the lead when Robbie Bowker set up Gary Fisher to slot in from 10-yards. Neither side threatened to change the score line until on 38 minutes, when Man of the Match Ollie Critchlow hit the bar from 18-yards.

The same player missed another chance five minutes later shooting just wide from close range. The Robins went close to levelling just before the break when Darren Carr’s cross was met by Hugo Demetre who saw his goal bound header tipped over the bar by Don Aplin in the visitor’s goal.

Seven minutes into the second period Critchlow finally found the target with a shot which Jordan Hockold just got his finger tips to, but not enough to push the ball over the top. A minute later the same player met a cross to the far post by Fisher and headed home to make it 3–0. The Robins went close to pulling a goal back when sub Liam Ellis saw his close range effort saved by Aplin diving to the foot of his right hand post.

Budleigh team: Hockhold, Nield, Carr, Everest, Pallett, Demetre, Lever, Shipton, Pannell (Ellis), Williams, Greenslade (Wright).

On Saturday the Robins travel to Totnes and Dartington (2.15pm).

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