Robins rue missed chances
PUBLISHED: 14:49 20 February 2009 | UPDATED: 10:31 10 June 2010
BUDLEIGH Salterton let slip a 3-1 advantage and had to settle for a point in their game at home to Totnes & Dartington, writes John Brett. The home side started the brighter and were very much on top when the visitors launched a long clearance down field
BUDLEIGH Salterton let slip a 3-1 advantage and had to settle for a point in their game at home to Totnes & Dartington, writes John Brett.The home side started the brighter and were very much on top when the visitors launched a long clearance down field that Liam McCauley fired into the net from the edge of the area.It took just four minutes for the Robins to reply when a Stuart Francis corner was once again untouched on its way into the net!Liam Ellis then played a superb long ball out of defence to Francis, who delivered a precise cross that Ashley Barker tucked away to give the home side the lead.Back came the visitors and Robins' keeper Brad Evans did well to deny Robinson, and the save was made all the more vital for, two minutes later, Danny Williams picked up a cross from Neil Pointing and flicked it on for Leigh Begam to score comfortably to take the home side into the break with a 3-1 advantage.The second half began with the Robins continuing to run the contest but once again their season-long nemesis of missed chances hit home. Those missed opportunities proved costly as the visitors notched two of their own in the second half for the game to end 3-3.So another disappointing Greenway Lane outing for the Robins who have certainly done better on their travels than at home this term. After 13 of their 18 home games to be played during the season, it's just 15 points out of a possible 39 at Greenway Lane whilst away from home the return is 14 points banked from eight games, just one fewer than they have managed at home and from five games fewer!They have a gilt edged chance to improve the home points tally this Saturday when they stage an East Devon derby with the visit of bottom of the table Ottery St Mary who have lost all seven of their away games to date this season.