Riddell stars as Budleigh Reserves are beaten by table topping Newtown

PUBLISHED: 09:17 14 November 2013 | UPDATED: 09:17 14 November 2013

Budleigh Reserves 0, Newtown 3

Having seen his team’s promising start to the season disintegrating following the battering they received from two of the title favourites, and the numerous missed opportunities against some lesser opponents, the Robins Reserves manager was no doubt apprehensive of the visit to Greenway Lane by the table topping Exeter side, writes SpursTom.

Though Budleigh themselves faltered in front of goal, it was Newtown with their confidence, who held the higher percentage of possession, creating the majority of chances in the process. The battling Robins defence conceded so many corners, whilst goal keeper Adrian Pullin pulled off an outstanding save; it was unbelievable that the half ended all square at 0-0.

The hosts were forced to make two substitutions at the start of the second period, and within two minutes they fell behind. A needlessly given corner was saved on the goal line by Darren Everest at the expense of another and Cory O’Donoghue netted directly from the kick. The advantage doubled 23 minutes later from the penalty spot, ex Budleigh man Ashley Barker converting. On 84 minutes a defensive error opened the way for Cory O’Donoghue to complete his brace, and the leaders remained undefeated.

Even in defeat a creditable attitude was displayed, none better than the Man of the Match performance of Karl Riddell. Team: A Pullin, I Perkins, S Jones, N Bartlett, R James, C Wilson, K Riddell, A Denny, B Perry, D Everest, A Pollard, D Radford, Z Pearce, L West.

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