Happy Meadow proves fruitful for the Robins

PUBLISHED: 15:21 30 October 2009 | UPDATED: 12:13 10 June 2010

FOR the second time in four weeks, Budleigh Salterton returned from a visit to the Happy Meadow, Mid Devon - home of Bickleigh - with victory, writes Alan Beer.

FOR the second time in four weeks, Budleigh Salterton returned from a visit to the Happy Meadow, Mid Devon - home of Bickleigh - with victory, writes Alan Beer.

Two weeks ago, the game was in the Thorgmorton Cup and this time the sides did battle for some much needed South West Peninsula League Eastern Division points.

The Robins began brightly and, inside the first minute, were unlucky not to go ahead. Danny Williams crossed from the right and Grant Vanson met the cross with a very good header, but Julian Paramore in the home goal made an equally good save.

Ten minutes later, Budleigh Salterton took the lead when Vanson turned provider and Williams fired in from close range - and within five minutes the lead was doubled when Williams intercepted a poor back pass and scored his second.

The home side pulled a goal back five minutes before the interval when Gavin Richards found space on the right and scored with a shot just inside Matt Slark's right hand post.

Budleigh began the second period as they had the first and, within a minute, Williams completed his hat-trick with a well taken goal.

Just two minutes later, Luke Kelsall took advantage of a mistake by the home keeper and bundled the ball over the line at the back post.

Bickleigh, to their credit, refused to lie down, scoring twice in as many minutes through Stuart Anderson and captain Jordan Copp and, with the score now 4-3 in favour of the Robins, a tense last 20 minutes looked on the cards.

However, as the home side pushed men forward in search of an equaliser, gaps began to appear in their defence and Kelsall took full advantage to open up a two-goal margin and, with ten minutes remaining, Pete Grove, on as a sub, fired home with his first touch of the ball to seal a 6-3 victory.

The win moves the Robins up to fourth bottom of the table and on Saturday they travel into Exeter to meet one time leaders and now sixth placed Alphington.


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