Robins ease to clean sheet home success
PUBLISHED: 12:42 01 March 2018
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Budleigh Salterton chalked up a fourth successive home win and also kept a clean sheet in the process as they defeated Ilfracombe Town 3-0 at Greenway Lane, writes Alan Beer.
Both sides made bright starts to the contest and the Robins had something of a let-off when Cassian Blackmore was presented with a chance, but he put his header straight at Robins’ glovesman Alan Doble.
At the other end of the pitch, Aaron Denny stung the visiting glovesman’s hands with a fierce shot from 20 yards and then Robins’ leading scorer Jordan Harris saw his effort turned round the post and, from the ensuing corner, Mark Lever’s header cannoned back into play off the crossbar.
The home pressure continued and it was no more than they deserved when, on the half-hour mark, player-boss Kevin Hill headed home, with the ball being delfected into the Ilfracombe net.
Within two minutes the lead was doubled when a long clearance found its way to Callum Shipton, who cleverly played in Lever to drill the ball home.
The second half was a continuation of the first 45 minutes with play switching from end-to-end.
The home defence repelled the best that the North Devon side could offer and the only goal of the second period arrived in the 75th minute when Aaron Denny set up Kyle Bassett to complete the scoring.
Dan Boere, who, like Aaron Denny, missed the surprise defeat at Liverton seven days before, was the star Budleigh player on the day.
The win, a seventh in 13 home league outings and a third Greenway Lane league clean sheet (a second in the last three games at home), keeps the Robins sitting third in the Eastern Division. They are just seven points off the new leaders, St Martins, but the Exminster side have played two games fewer.
This Saturday (March 3), Budleigh are without a game, but they are back in action the following Saturday (March 10) when they will look to make it five straight home wins with the visit of Appledore.