Robins trounce Ammies
PUBLISHED: 09:37 31 October 2008 | UPDATED: 09:55 10 June 2010
BUDLEIGH SALTERTON Reserves made the short trip to Premier pace setter's Ammies and put in an outstanding performance to come away with a 3-0 win and put the Warren View side out of their second major cup competition this season. With nine players away
BUDLEIGH SALTERTON Reserves made the short trip to Premier pace setter's Ammies and put in an outstanding performance to come away with a 3-0 win and put the Warren View side out of their second major cup competition this season. With nine players away, cup-tied or injured, manager Alex Freer gave four players their first start of the season in Gareth Wicks, Adam Pannell, Peter White and Russell Wiggins. Right from the first whistle the Robins looked lively and nearly took an early lead when Simon Rose's pace got him clear, forcing Ammies stopper, Sandy Allen into a diving save. Wiggins and Rose then linked up well to release Sam Schlaefli and his shot took a deflection to give Budleigh a 20th minute lead. Rose and Schlaefli continued to give the Ammies defence a torrid time but there were no further scores at either end as the game reached the halfway mark. The second half started with Matt Channing bursting down the right before crossing for Schlaefli to double the lead. The Robins defence was resoloute all afternoon and, on the odd occasion they were breached, keeper Brad Evans made some fine saves including one that saw him produce a stunning triple stop. At the other end, Schlaefli continued to win most of the headers and when Wiggin's burst clear down the left his pass released Rose who fired home to put Budleigh three up with 15 minutes to play. Rose nearly made it four when he tried a deft chip from six yards out and then skipper Tim Nield burst through late on, only to be denied by a smart Allen save.Peter White picked up the 'star man' award, but this was a magnificent all round performance and every single one of the Robins players who were involved played their part in a fabulous team effort.On Saturday it's back to league action and a visit from Feniton. For Jody Bolt's Ammies, despite early exits from both major cup competitions they were entered into, there is still glory ahead this term for they go into Saturday's Premier league game against Heavitree Social United looking to seal an eighth straight top flight victory. Bolt says: "Of course it is disappointing to be out of the cup competitions, but the upside of that is that we can now put all our considerable talents into sustaining a challenge for league honours. Heavitree will be a tough challenge, but I am sure we will see a response from the side.