Honours even in derby as Town and Budleigh draw 2-2
PUBLISHED: 19:08 27 April 2013 | UPDATED: 19:08 27 April 2013
Copyright: I Hitchcock
Exmouth Town 2, Budleigh Salterton 2
As local derbies goes Wednesday night's clash between Town and Budleigh Salterton lived up to all expectations, was enjoyed by Town's highest crowd of the season, 152 and produced a dramatic finale, writes John Dibsdall.
Town started brightly with Alex Greening forcing Adie Pullin into a fine double save but needed an excellent save from Liam Jones to prevent Danny Williams from scoring with a well taken free kick.
As the half progressed Town enjoyed territorial advantage but a lack of composure in front of goal and disciplined defending meant the teams went into the break goalless.
The second half started in a similar vein with Lloyd Gardner forcing another save and from the resulting corner Ace High saw his firm header crash against the crossbar. On fifty four minutes Budleigh took the lead. There appeared little danger when Mark Lever picked the ball up in midfield but he went forward unchallenged and smashed a twenty five yard drive into the top corner leaving Jones helpless. Four minutes later “The Robins” doubled their advantage, Sam Schlaefli forcing the ball home following a header from Carl Everest.
The two goals clearly stunned Town and it took them a while to reassert their superiority. When they did Pullin saved from Phil Everett and Sam Woodin saw his header flash narrowly over the crossbar. Gardner, who had been closely marked all evening eventually lost his marker, drove into the box and on eighty five minutes shot across Pullin to give Town hope. The equaliser came with the clock showing ninety four minutes. Again Gardner was the architect his driven cross being turned in at the far post by Andrew Thomson to give Town another precious point in their drive for promotion.