Sale's late winner gives Budleigh Salterton a ninth away win of the league season.
PUBLISHED: 14:53 09 April 2013 | UPDATED: 14:53 09 April 2013
Copyright: I Hitchcock
Teignmouth Town 1, Budleigh Salterton 2
The Robins bid to claim a top two berth and possibly set up a unique East Devon coastal one-two in the final standings of this season South West Peninsula League, Eastern Division, were given a huge boost thanks to another impressive away display, writes Alan Beer.
When the teams met at Greenway Lane in February the South Devon side sauntered home with a 6-2 victory, but this was very different with Budleigh underlining their confidence away from home this season that has seen them now win nine of their 13 away games so far, a record that no team in the section can better!
Budleigh started brightly and were ahead after just five minutes Callum Shipton crossed from the left wing and found Brett Wright in space on the edge of the penalty area.
His shot found its way through the hosts defence and past Nick Moyse into the net. On 12 minutes Peter Grover was unlucky when he beat Moyse only to see Terry Breslan clear off the line.
In the second period Teignmouth were pressing for an equaliser and, 17 minutes into the half, Adrian Pullin in the Budleigh goal did well to block a close range shot from Steve Mardell.
Mid-way through the half the home side managed to level things up when Liam McAuley shot from 25-yards and saw his effort go in off the left hand post. On 85 minutes the same player stepped up to take a penalty but blasted the shot over the cross bar. With the game going into its very last minutes George Pannell did well down the right wing and his cross found Josh Sale who volleyed home, again off the woodwork giving the Robins all three points.
Budleigh team: Pullin, Hancock, Everest, Ellis, Carr. Pannell, Sale, Wright, Grover (Turner), Schlaefli (Williams), Shipton (Greenslade).
That was Budleigh’s last Saturday game of the season! They still have five to play, but all are on midweek dates. They played last night at home to Stoke Gabriel when they had the chance to speed up the inevitable of neighbours Exmouth Town being crowned champions – a win over Stoke would have left Town needing just 10 more points to be crowned champions.
Budleigh’s remaining games after last night are; Axminster at home (April 17), Exmouth away on April 24, Totnes and Dartington at home on May 1 and finally a trip to Okehampton on Monday, May 6 to finish the season.