Budleigh sunk at 10-man Appledore despite being two up
PUBLISHED: 09:58 04 December 2014
Budleigh Salterton somehow contrived to lose a contest they looked to have won midway through their South West Peninsula League Eastern Division meeting with Appledore in North Devon, writes Alan Beer.
The Robins made a flying start and Callum Shipton fired marginally wide in the fourth minute. Two minutes later Aaron Denny provided the assist and Jack Greenslade the finish with a crisp shot from the edge of the area for Budleigh to take the lead and five minutes after that they were two goals to the good and facing the next 81 minutes playing against 10 men after the home side’s Jamie Marsh stopped a goal-bound shot with his hand. He saw red and Greenslade tucked the spit kick away.
Just after the half hour mark Piers McLaughlin rounded the home goalkeeper but then, faced with an open goal, somehow struck the upright! Nine minutes before the break Shipton created another chance for Greenslade and the striker hit it well, but drew a superb save from the home gloves man.
Second s before the break Ilfracombe fashioned their one serious chance of the half, but Alan Doble was equal to the effort, making a fine save to keep out a deflected shot.
The second half saw the 10-man hosts playing down the slope and from 60 minutes onwards the tide turned!
Two goals in quick succession, first from Danny Jenkins and then from substitute Tom Marsh restored parity sand in the 71st minute Mark Thorne netted to give the home side the lead. A minute later Jenkins scored again to seal the Robins fate and a superb strike from 20-yards, a Denny volley special, proved merely to be a late consolation for the visitors.
On Saturday Budleigh host Vospers Oak Villa (2pm) looking to bag a last eight berth in the Graddon Vending Devon Premier Cup.