Robins are held as lack of recent games shows

PUBLISHED: 17:04 23 December 2008 | UPDATED: 10:13 10 June 2010

THE fact that Budleigh Salterton Reserves went into their meeting with Newtown without a game for the previous fortnight, proved to be a problem as the Robins showed a distinct lack of match fitness.

THE fact that Budleigh Salterton Reserves went into their meeting with Newtown without a game for the previous fortnight, proved to be a problem as the Robins showed a distinct lack of match fitness.

It was the visiting side who enjoyed the better of the early exchanges but they got no change at all out of the impressive Budleigh back line of White, West, Pannell and Owen, who provided a solid wall in front of the increasingly reliable safe hands of keeper Brad Evans.

It took the home side a good twenty minutes to show any sign of life and it was captain Tim Nield who provided the spark when he smashed a thirty yard thunderbolt which the Newtown keeper did well to push wide.

Simon Rose was first to the rebound and from the bye line he rolled the ball along the goal line but no one could apply the finishing touch and so the sides went into the break locked on 0-0.

Budleigh were marginally the better side in an uneventful second half. Rich Higham was thrust forward as the hosts searched for an elusive score, but there was to be no goal at either end and at the final whistle a draw was probably a fair reflection on the action.

There's a fascinating local derby for the Robins this weekend when Otterton come to Greenway Lane (3pm).

The Robins have been beaten just twice on their own ground this term, both defeats being to the two sides who are going head to head for the Premier Division Title.

Otterton have made a decent start to their first ever experience of top flight football and have already won on three away grounds.

Robins' regular linesman, Gary Sidney has run the line for the final time and the club would like to place on record their most sincere and grateful thanks to Gary for all his hard work on behalf of the side over the past two years.


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