Harris at the double as Robins bag cup semi-final berth
PUBLISHED: 10:16 03 May 2018 | UPDATED: 10:16 03 May 2018
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Budleigh Salterton booked a last four berth in the Morrison Bell Cup after a 3-1 Greenway Lane win over visiting Feniton, writes Alan Beer.
The visitors, who have had a tough time of things in the Macron Devon and Exeter League top flight this season, gave a very good account of themselves and it was their 16-year-old goalkeeper Jack Tucker who deservedly landed the Man of the Match award.
Budleigh began well and were denied a fourth minute opener by the width of the upright – Aaron Denny creating the chance for Jordan Harris who saw his shot come back off the frame of the goal. In the 15th minute Mark Lever rifled a shot marginally over the bar, but Feniton gave as good as they got and would have taken a 30th minute lead but for a goal line clearance by Mike White! That ‘let-off’ for the home side became all the more important when, four minutes later, Harris did well on the right and, when his shot was blocked the ball fell kindly to Kyle Bassett, who made no mistake from close range. Just before the break teenage glovesman Tucker denied Denny with a smart save and Tucker was in the thick of the early second half action when he turned a Bassett shot over the bat.
The lead was doubled when, after a Feniton error, George Pannell pounced to set up Harris to make it 2-0. However, the Macron League side battled back and halved the deficit in the 71st minute with Louis Hilton rounding Robins’ goalkeeper Alan Doble to roll the ball into the net. Four minutes later the excellent Tucker again denied Shipton before the cross bar came to Tucker’s rescue – Bassett, the Budleigh player denied! Eight minutes from time the contest was settled when Harris scored a fine solo goal. The other Morrison Bell Cup semi-finalists are Upottery, Seaton Town and the winners of the Sidmouth Town versus Clyst Valley quarter-final that is still to be played.