Budleigh Under-16s score five second half goals to win cup thriller against Axminster Town

PUBLISHED: 13:31 11 December 2018

Action from the Budleigh Salterton Under-16s meeting with Axminster Town. Picture IAIN COOPER

Action from the Budleigh Salterton Under-16s meeting with Axminster Town. Picture IAIN COOPER

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Budleigh Salterton Under-16s recovered from a two goal Greenway Lane half-time deficit to make progress in the Exeter and District Youth League KO Cup, defeating Axminster Town 5-3, writes SpursTom.

Having beaten the same opponents soundly in the league at the same venue in November, the young Robins’ made a confident start and did much of the early attacking.

However, regardless how much pressure they put on Axminster’s defence, they could not find the back of the net, often failing to match good approach play with a finish.

Two goals in the space of four minutes on the half hour - scored by Axminster Town’s Knox brothers Archie and Billy – saw the Tigers into the break with a 2-0 lead.

There were clearly some strong words came from the Robins’ management team at half-time and that, coupled with a little tactical tweaking, had an instant impact as, just four minutes into the second half, Tom Real rose higher than everybody else in a crowded area to head home a corner.

Lifted by the goal, the home side stayed on then front foot and they levelled in the 52nd minute when a wonderful defence-splitting pass from Ryan Daffin found Jayden Gore, who applied the coolest of finishes.

Eight minutes later and once again from a corner, Ryan Fell turned the ball home and the comeback was completed with Budleigh taking a 3-2 lead. Joe Graham, who had been the provider of two assists, deservedly got his name on the score sheet for the fourth Budleigh goal.

However, straight away Axminster Town were back in the contest when Archie Knox scored his second.

That set up a period of end-to-end football during which time both teams went close before, with what was the final kick of the contest, Tom Real rifled the ball home to complete the scoring.

For this scribe, the star player for Budleigh was Tom Real, but he was run mighty close for the accolade by the impressive Joe Graham.

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