Rowsell revels in first win as Robins Reserves boss.
PUBLISHED: 09:00 12 November 2009 | UPDATED: 12:18 10 June 2010
BUDLEIGH Reserves Manager Wayne Rowsell was a happy boss on Saturday night after watching his Robins side win their first game under his stewardship.
BUDLEIGH Reserves' Manager Wayne Rowsell was a happy boss on Saturday night after watching his Robins side win their first game under his stewardship.
The Robins took on, and beat, Hatherleigh at Greenway Lane, the win lifting the side into the top half of the Devon and Exeter League Premier Division.
The hosts began brightly and much of the early play was in the visitors' half of the pitch, although, despite having much of the ball and the territorial advantage, the Robins were unable to force the North Devon side's keeper into serious action.
The home side thought they had taken the lead when Simon Rose headed the ball past the keeper, and in the process of doing so he took a blow to the face, only for the 'goal' to be chalked off for a foul on the keeper - leaving the unfortunate Rose to sport a black eye!
The second half began in similar fashion to the first with the home side asking most of the questions but without having it all their own way.
The visitors spurned a couple of excellent chances whilst Adam Pannell was responsible for some superb defending.
With an hour gone, boss Rowsell made an inspired double substitution, bringing on Sam Schaefli and Liam McMahon.
The new boys linked instantly to set up a chance for James Turner who applied the perfect finish with a header that went up and over the strandad Hatherleigh keeper.
Leigh Begam was the next player to be released, this after a speedy break initiated by sub Schaefl, but, after he had succesfully rounded the keeper, his goal-bound effort was cleared by a defender.
The Robins closed the game out well and were fully deserving of the points.
Man of the Match went to impressive Adam Pannell.
l The Budleigh 1st team game at Bickleigh in the Devon Premier Cup was called off owing to a waterlogged Mid Devon pitch and the two sides will try again this coming Saturday to determine who will face a trip to Exmouth Town in the 4th Round.