Misfiring Robins beaten by basement side
PUBLISHED: 18:01 21 February 2018 | UPDATED: 18:01 21 February 2018
Budleigh Salterton slipped to a surprise single goal defeat when they travelled to Liverton for their latest South West Peninsula League Eastern Division outing, writes Alan Beer.
The reason for the ‘surprise’ nature of the result was that Liverton went into the game sitting bottom of the table having won just three games all season, while the Robins were lying third, just seven points off the top of the table!
However, not for the first time in recent weeks, the Robins’ main problem was with finding a finish to top off some promising football! That said, Kevin Hill’s side were not helped by the fact they travelled to South Devon without Aaron Denny, Danny Boere or Matt Dawson. Budleigh started the game on the front foot and fashioned what would be the first of many chances as early as the sixth minute when Kyle Bassett provided a pass that arrived at the feet of Jordan Harris some 20-yards from goal, but the Robins’ leading scorer fired narrowly over.
Eight minutes later a mistake in the heart of the home defence allowed Danny Williams time and space to run in on goal, but he shot wide of the mark.
In the 17th minute, home glovesman Lee Davis made two terrific stops, first keeping out a Harris header and then denying Mike White’s ‘goal-bound’ shot.
On the half hour, Budleigh went as close as they would go all game to finding the net when some neat approach play from James Sharkey set up a shooting opportunity for Liam Ellis, who struck the ball well from the angle, but although it beat the glovesman, it did not enter the net as it came back off the upright!
A minute before half-time, Callum Shipton was dispossessed and Liverton’s Nick Edmonds took the ball on and ran at the heart of the Robins’ back line before drilling the ball beyond Alan Doble and into the net off the post.
The second half saw similar fare to what had been on offer in the first 45 minutes with Budleigh the dominant force.
Liverton did spurn a glorious chance to score a second midway through the half. The Robins ended the game very much on the front foot and twice in the closing stages player-boss Kevin Hill went close with headers, but the elusive goal was not forthcoming and the Robins slipped to a disappointing defeat.