Robin's still have hope of salvation

PUBLISHED: 11:01 30 April 2009 | UPDATED: 10:52 10 June 2010

BUDLEIGH Salterton Reserve's brave bid to complete a remarkable 12th hour escape from the drop out of Premier Division football floundered in a 1-1 draw at high flying Thorverton.

BUDLEIGH Salterton Reserve's brave bid to complete a remarkable 12th hour escape from the drop out of Premier Division football floundered in a 1-1 draw at high flying Thorverton.It is a measure of just how the Robins have found good form in the closing stages of the season that they can travel to somewhere like Raddon Road, compete with the home side who had won each of their previous six outings, and leave with a fully-deserved share of the spoils.The first half delivered fairly average fare from both sides, with the home side marginally the better and it took two top quality saves from Wayne Rowsell to deny the Thors a lead, but he was powerless to prevent the hosts taking a 1-0 advantage into half time.A tactical switch in the Robins camp at the break saw the visitors boss the early stages of the second half, but they were severely hampered when Rowsell suffered a pulled right thigh muscle, although the glovesman then showed great technique by punting down field with his left foot!With Tony Pallett excelling at the back and, deservedly, later named Man of the Match and Peter Grover at his industrious best in midfield ,the Robins were now dominant and it was no surprise when they levelled in the 75th minute, courtesy of a fine Leigh Begam header.A hand-ball in the area then went un-noticed as the Robins sought a priceless victory and they were later denied by a desperate goal line clearance.Boss Alex Freer said: "The collective work rate and, indeed, form of late has been quite magnificent, spirits are high and why shouldn't they be, as we still have a slight chance of avoiding a bottom two finish and we do also have two semi-finals to negotiate."The Robins hopes of avoiding a bottom two finish rest on them winning their final top flight game against University on Monday May 4. Should they win that, ideally by two goals, then if Sidmouth Town can defeat Wellington on Saturday, May 16, the Robins will finish above the Somerset side and, hopefully, preserve their Premier status.l The Robins First team complete their Peninsula League eastern Division campaign with Saturday's visit to Axminster Town.

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