Robins so close to what would have been an outstanding victory.
PUBLISHED: 09:01 03 December 2009 | UPDATED: 12:25 10 June 2010
BUDLEIGH Salterton were within ten minutes of a famous victory at Galmpton Gents when a player, who this coming Saturday will lead the Willand Rovers attack in an FA Vase 3rd Round tie, broke their hearts and ensured that all the Robins took from the game
BUDLEIGH Salterton were within ten minutes of a famous victory at Galmpton Gents when a player, who this coming Saturday will lead the Willand Rovers attack in an FA Vase 3rd Round tie, broke their hearts and ensured that all the Robins took from the game was a point, writes Alan Beer.
Mind you, the point was an exceptional one given the two sides' standing at the start of the game - Galmpton needed a point to go top of the Eastern Division table whilst the Robins needed points to haul themselves away from the lower reaches of the Division.
With heavy rain falling throughout the game it was the away side who seemed to cope the better, and did not allow Galmpton to settle into the game.
Just five minutes into the contest the Robins took the lead when a delightful through ball from Scott Howarth gave Danny Williams the chance to run on and slot past the advancing Matt Congdon in the Galmpton goal. Budleigh then went on the front foot and launched a succession of raids on the hosts' goal. Such was the Robins dominance that the home side could only muster the occasional counter-attack and it was the away side who took a deserved lead into the break.
Galmpton were level seven minutes into the second half, although there was an element of controversy about the goal. A hand ball was not penalised prior to the ball being tucked away from the edge of the box, Brad Evans, having no chance with the shot.
Undaunted, Budleigh continued to press and their honest endeavour was rewarded on 70 minutes when substitute Grant Vanson, who had come on in place of the injured Peter Grove, rifled one in from 18 yards to put the visitors ahead for the second time in the game.
With a major upset very much on the cards, the hosts summoned Carl Cliff-Brown from the bench and the hit-man, only playing because the Willand Rovers Cup tie in Bristol was rained off, was given too much space in the six yard box allowing him time to chest the ball down and thump it home.
Despite the late disappointment the performance and the point gained, will do much for the Robins' confidence.
Next up is Saturday's massive Graddon Vending Devon Premier Cup tie at Southern Road when the Robins once again lock horns with arch rivals Exmouth Town.