Robins grounded at Bovey Tracey

PUBLISHED: 14:12 24 April 2009 | UPDATED: 10:50 10 June 2010

BUDLEIGH Salterton slumped to one of their biggest defeats for many moons when beaten 5-1 at Bovey Tracey, writes Alan Beer.

BUDLEIGH Salterton slumped to one of their biggest defeats for many moons when beaten 5-1 at Bovey Tracey, writes Alan Beer.

With the hosts the heirs apparent to the title that the Robins won so gloriously twelve months ago, Budleigh travelled looking to show the home side what champions were made of and, for large swathes of the game, played very well but they beaten after some calamitous defensive mistakes in the second half of the contest.

Within two minutes the visitors should have been ahead when David Wilkes ran onto a long through ball but, having done all the hard work, he fired straight at the home keeper from 20 yards.

The hosts were then gifted the lead when Nick Hayman brought down French in the area and Pascoe made no mistake from the resultant penalty kick.

Mid-way through the half Budleigh levelled when Danny Williams set up George Robinson, who cleverly lobbed the keeper from 20 yards out and that score took the sides into the break all square.

For the first ten minutes of the second period Budleigh looked the most likely

side to get a result with a spell of good possession football.

However, two defensive mistakes within as many minutes led to the Robins slipping 3-1 down and, from here, the die was cast for a resurgent home side to take full advantage and they added two more to give the final score a rather unbalanced, and somewhat flattering look of 5-1.

The Robins were back in action last night hosting Stoke Gabriel in their final Greenway Lane engagement of the league season and then next Tuesday (April 28) they go to Galmpton Gents before bringing the curtain down on the campaign on May 2nd with a visit to Axminster Town.

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