Budleigh Salterton edge out Axminster Town in cup thriller

PUBLISHED: 17:29 11 October 2015 | UPDATED: 17:29 11 October 2015

Axminster Town action at Budleigh Salterton Picture: ANDREW GRAHAM

Axminster Town action at Budleigh Salterton Picture: ANDREW GRAHAM

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Budleigh Salterton moved into the next round of the Throgmorton Devon Premier Cup with a 3-2 extra-time victory over Axminster Town.

The two Peninsula League sides served up a compelling encounter, one that saw the outcome in the balance right up until the final kick of the contest!

Budleigh began well and might have scored early on, but Callum Shipton was unable to get on the end of a Jack Greenslade cross. Greenslade was then denied by Axminster goalkeeper Scott Wells-Burr before Shipton did get the ball past the Tigers glovesman from 10-yards to give the Robins a 22nd minute lead.

Eight minutes later Axminster Town teenager Tony Pinder managed to get between Budleigh centre back Carl Everest and goalkeeper Jake Tillett and roll the ball into an empty net.

That proved to be the end to the first half goal scoring and there were no goals in a well-contested second half. However, there was drama after the break, first in the 65th minute when Town defender Chris Duchenski was red carded after pulling back a breaking Greenslade. Thirteen minutes from time the Tigers had the chance to win the game, but Alex Wheatley fired his penalty over Tillett’s bar!

It was in the 13th minute of extra-time that Budleigh bagged the lead for the second time when a Greenslade cross was turned home by Mark Lever.

Ten-man Town refused to lie down and looked to have taken the tie to a penalty shoot-out when substitute Adam Cowling headed the ball home.

However, the Robins still found time, and energy, to power back up the other end of the pitch where Greenslade rifled a volley from the edge of the area past a fully stretched Wells-Burr to seal victory for the Robins.

Budleigh have a midweek home league meeting with Okehampton Argyle before Saturday’s Greenway Lane meeting with Galmpton.

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