Rickard nets treble as Robins go nap against Tigers in Cup
PUBLISHED: 14:20 11 November 2010
Copyright: I Hitchcock
BUDLEIGH Salterton booked their place in the Third Round of the Graddon Vending Devon Premier Cup with a nap hand win over visiting Axminster Town, writes Alan Beer.
The visitors started the brighter and were almost ahead in the tenth minute when Ben Vine picked up a clearance after a Budleigh corner kick and made a solo run down the left side, but his teasing cross into the danger area was comfortably dealt with by Khalid Badavi.
Ten minutes later and the Tigers were ahead when Jack Andrews cut in from the right and fired a shot past Chris Wright.
The lead though, was shortlived, for, just two minutes later, Badavi’s cross from the right was dropped by visiting keeper Chris Higgs and Karl Rickard touched in the loose ball.
A few minutes later Higgs again mishandled, this time a Danny Williams free kick, and Rickard was again well-placed for his second.
On 35 minutes, a long throw from Ben Woolley found Rickard on the edge of the 18-yard area, but this time his shot grazed the bar as it went over.
The final two minutes of the half saw Sam Schlaefli bag a quick-fire brace to effectively end the game as a contest.
First, Schlaefli headed home a Williams’ free-kick and then he picked the ball up, ran at the heart of the visitors defence, before slotting the ball past the advancing Higgs to send the Robins into the break leading 4-1.
Seven minutes after the re-start the nap hand was completed when Williams and Badavi combined to set up Rickard for his third.
The hat-trick man was named Man of the Match and the Robins can now look forward to another East Devon derby in Round Three when they entertain Ottery St Mary at Greenway Lane on Saturday December 4.
This weekend, the Robins play the first of two games against the only sides to sit above them in the table as they are at unbeaten Teignmouth before, the week after, they host leaders, and another unbeaten outfit, Liverton. A brace of positive results and the table should make even better reading for Robins followers.