Robin's claim Boxing Day Town knock-out.

PUBLISHED: 09:01 31 December 2009 | UPDATED: 12:31 10 June 2010

BUDLEIGH Salterton gained sweet revenge for their recent penalty shoot-out defeat to neighbours Exmouth Town in the County Cup when they won the Boxing Day meeting 3-1 at Greenway Lane, writes Alan Beer.

BUDLEIGH Salterton gained sweet revenge for their recent penalty shoot-out defeat to neighbours Exmouth Town in the County Cup when they won the Boxing Day meeting 3-1 at Greenway Lane, writes Alan Beer.

The Festive occasion drew a healthy crowd in excess of 150 to the match and they saw the visitors start the brighter and, indeed, look the more likely to register the first goal.

In the 15th minute, Town skipper Kerry Butler came close to opening the scoring when his shot from the edge of the area flew just beyond the upright.

The home side found an immediate response and some fine flank work by the impressive Liam Ellis saw his cross into the danger area just evade the attention of Adam Clarke, who would surely have scored had he made contact with the ball.

The Robins took the lead in the 40th minute with a neat set-piece. Player-coach James Turner was upended just outside the area and Robins leading scorer Danny Williams added to his growing tally with a precise free-kick into the top right hand corner of the Town net.

That proved to be the only goal of the half, taking the hosts into the break with the advantage,

Despite the blow of conceding so close to half-time, Exmouth were once again quickest out of the traps after the break and were deservedly level three minutes in.

The home defence failed to clear their lines and Matt Dawson was on hand to net from close range.

In the 60th minute the visitor's were cursing their ill-fortune when only the width of the cross-bar denied them a 2-1 lead as Ben Shepherd came within a whisker of notching his 19th of the campaign.

The let-off seemed to act as a spur to the Robins, who seized control and began to mount sustained pressure.

The Town defence failed to clear from around the penalty spot and, when the ball fell invitingly to Sam Schlaefli, he picked his spot and lashed the loose ball past the despairing dive of visiting glovesman Sandy Allen.

The hosts then sealed a priceless victory when substitute Khaled Badani set off on a wonderful weaving run from the half way line. Badani saw off a number of challenges before looking up and squaring the ball to Adam Clarke, who needed no second invitation to smash the ball and add the icing to the Robins' Christmas cake!

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