Robins pay the price

PUBLISHED: 15:41 06 November 2008 | UPDATED: 09:58 10 June 2010

P1140-42-08TI Budleigh Salterton v Sidmouth.
photo Terry Ife

P1140-42-08TI Budleigh Salterton v Sidmouth. photo Terry Ife

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BUDLEIGH SALTERTON slipped to a 3-1 defeat at the hands of a lively University side and once again the Robins paid the price for not taking their chances. After a fairly eventful half hour, the first goal scoring opportunity fell to Stuart Francis

BUDLEIGH SALTERTON slipped to a 3-1 defeat at the hands of a lively University side and once again the Robins paid the price for not taking their chances. After a fairly eventful half hour, the first goal scoring opportunity fell to Stuart Francis, who shot from 15 yards only to see Matt Brookland in the University goal pull off a very good save to deny him. Playing into a strong wind, the Robins were looking to play a passing game and were proving to be the dominant force. It was against the run of play, and courtesy of a large slice of luck, that helped the hosts take the lead as a Tom Arnold shot was deflected into the net by Nick Hayman. Within two minutes the Students had doubled their lead through Nick Robins to take a 2-0 advantage into the break. With the wind now behind them, the Robins started the second period by putting the hosts under extreme pressure and within two minutes Hayman got himself on the score sheet for the second time in the afternoon, and this time for his own side, when he fired home from close range after the University defence had failed to deal with a Robins free kick. Ten minutes later Neil Pointing was very unlucky when his shot from 20 yards hit the inside of a post, ran across the goalmouth and was scrambled away. Then a long throw from Francis was headed across the six yard box, only for Danny Minto to fire into the side netting. With the Robins pushing for what would have been a deserved equalizer, the hosts broke down their right and when the cross went over Joe Woodward made no mistake with his head to seal the Robins' fate and condemn them to a 3-1 defeat. On Saturday the Robins make the short trip to Exmouth for a Devon Premier Cup tie at Southern Road. The Budleigh Reserves made it three straight wins with a good victory at a wind-swept Greenway Lane. The Robins played into a string first half wind and an unchanged eleven battled well to keep a second clean sheet in succession. Chances were limited in the first half but it was Budleigh who took the lead on the stroke of half time when Matt Chaning's pacey break put Sam Schlaefli away and his cross was fired home by Russell Wiggins. Feniton began the second half strongly but Budleigh's substitutes' bench was as strong as it could possibly be and when the changes came they had an instant impact on the contest as Aaron Poulton, one of the three subs used, struck a wonderful long range shot that sailed into the net to seal the win. Bradley Evans was man of the match but Schlaefli, Nield and Pannell pushed him close. This coming weekend the Robins' Reserves are again at home against Topsham Town (3pm).

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