Robins hit by Cliff-Brown.

PUBLISHED: 10:00 20 August 2009 | UPDATED: 11:40 10 June 2010

BUDLEIGH opened their Peninsula League campaign with a 4-2 defeat at home to Galmpton Gents.

BUDLEIGH opened their Peninsula League campaign with a 4-2 defeat at home to Galmpton Gents.

The South Devon side had in their ranks, Carl Cliff-Brown, who is capable of playing at a much higher level, indeed last season he was in the Southern League with Tiverton Town.

The big striker was clearly the difference on the day with a hat-trick, but there were plenty of positives for the Robins to take into the early stages of a new season.

Playing with the wind behind them, the hosts began the brighter and it was a superb goal from Dave Wilkes that got their season up and running as he rifled a 20 yard drive into the net.

Within a minute the visitors were level when Cliff-Brown headed home from close range.

Undaunted, the Robins found another gear and, deservedly, regained the lead through Tim Nield.

Just before the break, Brett Wright was dismissed for a late tackle, thus reducing the hosts to ten men for the remainder of the game.

After the break it was always going to be a struggle for Budleigh, against the wind and a man short and the visitors, with their lively central striker, scored three times to take the points.

Budleigh are at Exeter University this coming weekend (3pm).

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