Budleigh Salterton Under-14s march on at top of table
PUBLISHED: 10:39 02 December 2014 | UPDATED: 09:58 04 December 2014
For many years the name Brixington Blues have been associated with youth football here in East Devon, and still is today by the number of different age group teams they run, writes SpursTom.
By comparison Budleigh Salterton only have one, an Under-14s who are making a strong bid to capture the Exeter and District Youth League Division Two title.
Last Saturday the two teams met in a local derby, a match where several players were up against best mates and school chums, but a lot was still at stake for a Monday morning conversation.
Earlier in the season the teams had met at Greenway Lane with the Robins victorious that day.
This latest encounter was just as close as the September meeting with the first half belonging to Budleigh with Adam Wilkinson giving them an 18th minute lead.
After some good inter-passing Thomas Blackham doubled the lead, but the home side always carried a threat, particularly Guy Laverock and it was no surprise when they too netted with Hayden Saxton the scorer.
With the interval approaching the Robins strung a four oplayer passing move together that ended with another Wilkinson goal to give them a 3-1 half-time lead.
Blues began the second half well, forcing early corners, but with no joy. Gradually Budleigh midfielders, especially the combative Blackham, began to see more of the ball. However, in Man of the Match Damian Szymonowicz and goalkeeper Sam Hill, Brixington stood firm, and it was they who scored what turned out to be the final goal of the match.
It was no surprise that Guy Laverock netted for them and that set up a grandstand finish in which, in the dying moments, Budleigh gloves man Nick Eveleigh kept out a fine effort to ensure his side banked all three points.
The match was superbly officiated by Mitchell Brooks who praised both sets of players post match.