Robins continue to plot a great escape

PUBLISHED: 14:08 24 April 2009 | UPDATED: 10:50 10 June 2010

BUDLEIGH Salterton Reserves battle to escape the drop from the Devon & Exeter League Premier Division was further strengthened as the Robins beat one of their fellow strugglers 1-0 at Greenway Lane.

BUDLEIGH Salterton Reserves battle to escape the drop from the Devon & Exeter League Premier Division was further strengthened as the Robins beat one of their fellow strugglers 1-0 at Greenway Lane.

Given that this was most certainly one of those 'six point' meetings it was fitting that the Robins should put in such a collectively slid shift to continue their recent fine run of form.

Wayne Rowsell was back between the sticks and made two fantastic early saves which gave the defence so much confidence.

The home side settled after a nervy opening and began to look the better side. Rich Higham sprayed a fantastic through ball to Sam Schlaefli whose first time effort was tipped onto the post.

Hatherleigh's keeper was also having a very good game and was one of the main reasons the game was scoreless at the break.

The second half began with Budleigh pressing hard and, when the North Devon side did break, they found Kirk Owen having a fine game in the Robins' defence..

Sam Schaefli's pass released Simon Rose and he was pulled down in the box. The penalty was neatly tucked away by the nerveless Rose who shortly afterwards had a glorious chance to seal the match but just chipped over with the goal at his mercy.

Hatherleigh had one late effort in stoppage time but Rowsell made another fine save.

Wayne Rowsell was named Man of the Match for his stunning array of saves in the Robins goal.

This win means the Robins have banked a maximum nine points from the three games played in April to date.

What's more the last two games have both yielded clean sheets.

If they can repeat the process in their final two matches, starting with Saturday's trip to Thorverton, then they can yet complete what would be a late, and great, escape from the drop.

After Saturday's game they complete their league campaign at University and then it will be a case of waiting to see what happens elsewhere if they are to play again in the top flight next season.

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