Girl power to the fore at Budleigh

PUBLISHED: 09:54 22 February 2018 | UPDATED: 09:54 22 February 2018


The third weekend of February proved to be one of ‘Girl Power’ at Budleigh Salterton Football Club with the men’s Saturday sides both suffering defeats while, 24 hours later, the Under-13 girls and then the senior ladies, both won.

On Saturday, the Robins’ first team went down 1-0 at South West Peninsula League Eastern Division bottom of the table side Liverton while, at Greenway Lane, the Robins Reserves lost their Macron League game against neighbours Otterton 2-0.

February has not been kind to the Robins’ senior side for they have been knocked out of the Devon Premier Cup at the quarter-final stage and now have also gone down to a Liverton side that had previously won just three games in their league campaign this season. They were not helped in this latest outing by the absence of Aaron Denny, Dan Boere and Matt Dawson.

However, despite the missing trip, Budleigh bossed large periods of the game, but what was missing was a polished finish to turn clear dominance and greater ball possession into goals!

For the second team, they now have just seven games remaining to bag the two or three further wins they arguably need to fend off any worries about relegation.

However, just 24 hours later, things changed dramatically with both the ladies’ teams enjoying success. There was a noon kick-off at Greenway Lane for the Robins’ Under-13 girls meeting with Chaddlewood Miners Youth girls in a Sportlighting Devon FA Under-13 Girls cup quarter-final tie.

Coco Goodbody-Stannard gave Budleigh the lead, only for the Plymouth side to level.

The tie was then sent into a dramatic penalty shoot-out, one that Budleigh won 2-1 thanks to successful spot kicks from Poppy Avery and Bethany Browring and some wonderful saves by Robinettes’ goalkeeper Millie Hardman, who was richly deserving of the Player of the Match award.

Following the drama of the girls’ cup tie, the Robinettes – the Budleigh Salterton ladies’ senior team – took to the Greenway Lane turf to take on Seaton Town ladies in a Westward Developments Devon Women’s League Division One match.

The two teams went into the contest with Budleigh sitting third in the table, one place below Seaton Town, but it was the Robinettes celebrating another fine win at full-time as two goals from Amy Salter secured the points in a 2-1 win.

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