Robins rise to the challenge and down hosts Appledore

PUBLISHED: 08:34 03 November 2010

exsp football Ben Wolley

exsp football Ben Wolley

Copyright: I Hitchcock

BUDLEIGH Salterton provided the day's stand-out result in the South West Peninsula League, eastern Division with an outstanding all-round performance at table topping Appledore, writes Alan Beer.

The Robins were bright from the first whistle and, just four minutes in, Sam Schlaefli tested the reflexes of the host’s glovesman, Jimmy Thorne. Six minutes later, Thorne was again busy, scrambling to his right to keep out a Schlaefli shot.

The Robins continued to dominate proceedings and Khalid Badavi twice saw efforts fly marginally wide of the target.

Appledore were equally industrious with the ball, but, without ever getting a serious look at the Robins goal, thanks to the collective work of the visiting back line of Ben Woolley, Carl Everest, Kevin Hill and Mark Lever.

In the final minute of the first half, the deadlock was broken when an Adam Clark free kick was met on the volley by Danny Williams in the box to send the Robins into the break deservedly ahead.

A couple of minutes into the second half saw Appledore have their best chance of the game with Carl Holiman shooting just the wrong side of Chris Wright’s upright.

The second goal arrived on 70 minutes when a high from the left by Danny Williams was dropped by keeper Thorne and Karl Rickard was on hand to tap home from close range. Badavi then went close again with a 20-yard shot which grazed the cross bar as the Robins continued to dominate proceedings and, with five minutes remaining, Sam Bird, on as a second half substitute, skipped past a pair of defenders before slotting home from 18-yards to seal a magnificent 3-0 win.

Robins Treasurer John Brett was at the game and said: “The team were simply superb. Everyone played a part, but, for me, the performance of Ben Woolley at right back was something to behold. He did not put a foot wrong the whole game and constantly showed a willingness to get forward and support play.”

Next up for the Robins is Saturday’s Devon Premier Cup tie against Axminster at Greenway Lane and this game will have the unusual time of a 2pm kick-off owing to the opposition being unable to agree to a 3pm kick-off (Greenway Lane does of course have floodlights), owing to their being a social function on back at the Axminster Club post match.

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