Double doomer for Budleigh

PUBLISHED: 11:52 26 March 2015 | UPDATED: 11:52 26 March 2015

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Budleigh Salterton lost 4-0 at Newtown as their winless season in the Premier Division gets closer to the end.

Newtown’s physical presence can be daunting to a young side and it was one of their powerful and experienced strikers, Ben Howard, with a brace who caused the damage in the first half.

The Robins went close through Joseph Hawkins, Harry Moxey, Graham Tapp and lone striker Liam Tweedie on the counter.

Howard increased the advantage with a hat-trick by slotting home his and Newtown’s third 12 minutes into the second half.

The pleasing aspect was seeing Budleigh midfielders Tapp, Moxey, Hawkins, Ewan Anderson and in particular Liam West battling away.

Nathan Penhallurick was introduced as a late substitute in the striker’s role.

The defence of Ross James, Zack Pearce, Matthew Skinner, Darren Everest and glovesman Dean Rawlings were not doing too badly until the final minute when Luke Jones made 4-0 to the hosts.

University of Exeter were the opponents last night (Wednesday) for the Robins’ final home fixture.

The weekend got worse for Budleigh football club with the Ladies’ team losing 6-0 to Activate in this the final act in the battle of the promoted pair.

Sunday’s match was a re-arranged game of a fixture which was postponed several times for one reason or another.

Unfortunately for Budleigh one of the postponements was due to their inability to raise a side only hours before they were due to play, subsequently they were deducted points which placed them bottom of the table.

Victory was significant to both teams, with the result also being of importance to Feniton Ladies as they play a major part in where all three teams finish.

For Activate, a win in their final league match takes them closer to clinching second place in the Westward Development Devon Women Premier Division, a position which Feniton still have a chance of achieving.

Defeat for the Robinettes leaves them needing a miracle when they go to Feniton on Sunday, April 12, to avoid the drop.

It was all over as a contest as the hosts scored four in the first half for a 4-0 interval lead. Within quarter of an hour of the restart it was 6-0.


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