Nodwell debut goal seals Robins cup victory.

PUBLISHED: 13:30 20 January 2011

Budleigh at Totnes Danny Williams

Budleigh at Totnes Danny Williams

Copyright: I Hitchcock

Budleigh Salterton moved smoothly into the last four of the Axminster Hospital Cup on Wednesday night.

The Robins swept aside Western League Chard 3-1 to book a home semi-final against Axminster Town.

Budleigh were quickly out of the blocks and were nearly ahead in the opening exchanges when leading scorer Danny William’s saw his free kick hit the right hand post and role along the goal line to safety!

Williams was very much part of the opening goal as he sped away down the right before delivering a superb square ball for Khaled Badavi to score his 18th of the season.

Karl Rickard nearly made it two when he headed against an upright before Sam Schlaefli also saw an effort cannon back into play off the woodwork.

With the Robins dominating there seemed little danger when the Western league side broke, but the raid ended in the award of a penalty which was duly slotted past Chris Wright and the sides were suddenly level again.

The Robins had a glorious chance to quickly regain the lead but, after Schlaefli had released Liam Ellis, the latter, with the goal at his mercy, fired wide!

Just before the break the Robins were mighty close again as William’s whipped in a fine free-kick and Badavi was unlucky when he somehow scooped it over from close range in what proved to be the final penalty area action of the first half.

After the break the Robins once again got onto the front foot and began to take charge of proceedings and it was no surprise when, from a goal mouth scramble, Williams slotted his 21st goal of another prolific season for the master marksman.

Budleigh then hit the woodwork for the fourth time of the match before debut playing Harry Nodwell rifled home from the edge of the 18 yard box to seal a 3-1 success and that semi-final berth.

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