Robins downed deep into added time.
PUBLISHED: 13:19 20 January 2011
Copyright: I Hitchcock
Budleigh Salterton suffered a major blow to their Eastern Division title hopes when they were beaten by a late, late goal on Saturday.
BUDLEIGH were not at their fluent best, but can still, feel aggrieved at returning from Totnes with nothing to show, writes Alan Beer.
The Robins gave as good as they got throughout the 95 minutes of action and were beaten by a goal deep into added time at the end of the contest.
The home side created the first scoring chance on just 3 minutes when
Ryan Hare’s goal bound shot hit and was stopped by one of his own players. Budleigh’s first positive reply came after 25 minutes. A good through ball from Sam Schlaefli found Danny Williams on the edge of the box, he squared it for Tim Nield who saw his shot tipped over the bar by Man of the Match Kenny Griffiths, in the home goal.
On 38 minutes another Schlaefli cross was headed just over the bar from close range, again by Nield in what proved to be the final goal-mouth action of significance in the first half.
Just before the hour mark Budleigh again went very close when Richard Higham fired a shot just the wrong side of the upright. Shortly after that the hosts had a powerful shot from Hare glance off the top of The Robins cross bar.
On 70 minutes Budleigh went close again. This time, it was Simon Rose heading a Badavi cross just wide of the target. Five minutes later Griffiths in the home goal was again in action pulling off two great saves in quick succession.
At the other end Chris Wright was in fine form to deny Andy Davies a chance to score. The deadlock was broken after the home side had several corner kicks in. Deep into added time Tom Comyn headed back into the 6 yard box and Richard Farkin got the ball into the net.
The defeat was a third one in the League campaign for Budleigh who stay third but now finds themselves four points adrift of leaders, unbeaten Liverton, who they still have to meet.
This coming weekend the Robins take a break from the Peninsula League campaign as they look to book a semi-final berth in the Graddon Vending Devon Premier Cup against Boca Seniors (3pm).
Budleigh team: Wright, Wooley, Pallett, Everest, Lever, Higham, Nield, Clark, Schlaefli, Badavi, Williams.