Robins settle for a point in titanic encounter
PUBLISHED: 09:04 24 November 2010
Copyright: I Hitchcock
Honours ended even with both Budleigh and visiting Liverton taking something from a fascinating encounter at Greenway Lane.
BUDLEIGH Salterton came very close to getting a maximum points haul from one of the three other teams sharing the top spots in Division One (East), with the goal post coming to Liverton’s rescue in the last minute of the game, writes Alan Beer.
The Robins had gone close to taking the lead after 18 minutes when a 25-yard free kick from Adam Clark went just wide of Josh Oak’s left hand post.
The break through came after 25 minutes when the Liverton defence failed to clear a
long range effort from Khalid Badavi, Carl Everest headed back into the box and Danny
Williams finished from close range for what proved to be the only goal, of the first half.
Six minutes in to the second half and the visitors almost levelled when a good effort from
Dan Broadway was well saved by Chris Wright in the home goal.
Budleigh were almost gifted a second on 70 minutes when a miss hit clearance by Rob Farkin fell agonisingly towards the goal only to bounce off the cross bar.
On 75 minutes Liverton levelled the score. They were awarded a free kick 20 yards out near the corner of the box and Ben carter curled the shot around the wall and into the top corner of the net. With Liverton pushing men forward for the win Budleigh found gaps in the defence. It was then that Mark Lever saw his goal bound header rebound off the post and into the grateful arms of the visiting glovesman.
Budleigh’s John Brett said: “I thought Liverton were the best team I have seen at Greenway Lane for a long while, if at all. They are very fast, well organised and individually very skilled. It gives an indication of how good we are now, and with many under 22 years old in our current squad there is probably even better yet to come from this side.”
So honours even I the top of the table game and that means that the Robins stay second and remain a point behind Liverton.
It’s close at the top with just three points separating the top four with Appledore immediately below the Robins and Teignmouth in fourth.
Next up for the Robins is Saturday’s trip to fifth placed Stoke Gabriel.