Harris nets twice as Robins put Appledore to the sword

PUBLISHED: 19:33 14 March 2018

Budleigh Reserves at home to Appledore. Ref exsp 11 18TI 9262. Picture: Terry Ife

Budleigh Reserves at home to Appledore. Ref exsp 11 18TI 9262. Picture: Terry Ife

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Budleigh Salterton made sure their final home Saturday league game of the South West Peninsula League Eastern Division campaign was one to remember for the Robins faithful, as they put visiting Appledore to the sword, beating the North Devon men 5-0, writes Alan Beer.

Budleigh Reserves at home to Appledore. Ref exsp 11 18TI 9251. Picture: Terry IfeBudleigh Reserves at home to Appledore. Ref exsp 11 18TI 9251. Picture: Terry Ife

The Robins made a bright start and almost took the lead in the 25th minute with an audacious free-kick from Darren Everest. Seeing visiting glovesman Jimmy Thorne off his line, Everest sent the set-piece sailing over his head and it would have ended up in the back of the net but for a goal line clearance by Mark Cann.

Appledore’s relief was short lived; minutes later, Everest got away down the wing and, when he crossed, a half clearance ended at the feet of Mark Lever and he drilled the ball beyond Thorne to give the home side a 1-0 lead they held through until the interval.

Eight minutes into the second half, Budleigh won a corner that Aaron Denny delivered and leading scorer Jordan Harris turned the ball home to double the lead.

Just before the hour mark, George Pannell received the ball on the edge of the area and, after controlling it and turning, he rifled the ball home to put Budleigh in total control of proceedings at 3-0.

In a rare Appledore attack, Budleigh glovesman Alan Doble was called into action, making a smart save to deny Jacob Nosworthy.

Budleigh added two more goals in the final 10 minutes. The first was scored by Kyle Bassett with the assist down to second-half substitute James Sharkey and Harris scored his second two minutes from time when he took a pass and rounded Thorne before rolling the ball into the empty net.

In terms of individual Budleigh honours, Kyle Bassett produced the stand-out shift in what was another good all-round Robins show.

The win leaves Budleigh just four points off top spot, but they have played three games more than both table-topping St Martins, who have 46 points, and second placed Newton Abbot, who currently have 44 points.

Crediton United may yet have a say in the destiny of the title for they are currently on 39 points from 20 games and if they won their game in hand on the top two they’d be just five pints shy of the summit.

Budleigh have played more games than any other side in the section and have just eight to play – two midweek home games and six away matches. The win over Appledore was a second successive clean sheet home win – they have had three clean sheet home wins all season now and, in 14 home games, they have scored 35 goals.

On Saturday (March 17) Budleigh begin a run of three consecutive away games with a visit to Bovey Tracey followed seven days later by a trip to Torridgeside, and then they visit Sidmouth Town on Good Friday (March 30) for an 11am kick-off with this fixture being part of the 2018 Groundhop.

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