Robins bounce back
PUBLISHED: 15:51 16 October 2008 | UPDATED: 09:48 10 June 2010
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BUDLEIGH SALTERTON bounced back from their midweek defeat at the hands of the Marines AFC to beat Liverton 2-0. Joint boss Julian Phillips, speaking after the two games, said: The Marines game was a fabulous contest that could have gone either way
BUDLEIGH SALTERTON bounced back from their midweek defeat at the hands of the Marines AFC to beat Liverton 2-0. Joint boss Julian Phillips, speaking after the two games, said: "The Marines game was a fabulous contest that really could have gone either way. They are a very good side and I have no doubt that they will finish in one of the top three berths. It was always going to be only a matter of time before they hit a new gear and I think they found it at our expense last week!"As for the Liverton game, Phillips said: "Let's give them (Liverton) some credit. They may well be bottom of the table but they gave it their all and made life very hard for us with a really industrious work rate and it took us a while to break them down. That said, we were good value for the win and it got the defeat to the Marines quickly out of the system."Next up for the Robins is this coming weekend's Throgmorton Cup tie at Axminster Town. It's a game that Phillip's is looking forward to, saying: "There will be a good crowd in and I know that Town are a competent outfit with some very good players. They spent last year having a good look at this level and I expect them to do better this term. It's a cup game and, as such, form goes out the window. We'll need to be focussed but I see no reason why we shouldn't make progress."Highly regarded central defender Liam Ellis is unavailable and it means a recall for fit again player-coach Neil Saunders. Budleigh Reserves fielded new signings Wayne Rowsell and Russell Wiggins for the visit of Sidmouth Town. The game started with Budleigh overplaying their football and as such gifted the visitors an early lead when a fine strike into the corner beat the fully stretched Brad Evans. The Robins then went on to press hard for the remainder of the half and equalised on twenty minutes when Alvin Pollard made his aarial presence felt as a Vikings defender headed past his own glovesman. Simon Rose then scored direct from a corner when his fine cross curled in at the far post.At this stage the home side were enjoying almost total dominance and really should have gone on to score more but they didn't and the half time break arrived with the score at 2-1.The second half fare was, by contrast to that of the first 45 minutes, fairly ordinary. But it was the visitors who found the net whilst debutant Rowsell did well to beat a couple of defenders before firing just over.With time running out the visitors' keeper made two fantastic point blank saves, from one of which Russ Wiggins just missed connecting with the rebound.