Salter at the double as Budleigh ladies net narrow win at Ottery
PUBLISHED: 08:51 05 May 2018
Budleigh Salterton ladies were 2-1 winners when they made the short trip to Washbrook Meadow, Ottery St Mary, to contest a Westward Developments Devon Women’s League Division One game, writes SpursTom.
With the clouds above getting darker and darker, the expected rain did not materialize, and the game got off to a flying start with the ball in the back of the Otters’ net inside the first minute!
However, after Bec Long had rifled the ball into the net, the match referee consulted with the linesman and the ‘goal’ was disallowed.
The home gloves-person was the busiest throughout the first half, but it was one of her goal kicks which lead to the deadlock being broken when Georgie Chapman showed the Budleigh defenders a clean set of heels before drilling the ball home to give Ottery the lead.
Try as they did, Budleigh could not find an equaliser and half-time arrived with the single goal advantage still in place for the Otters.
After the break the action was end-to-end with both set of midfielders trying to create chances for the attackers, making it a testing half for defenders.
On an energy sapping surface the trainers were called upon several time to treat tired legs or knocks, resulting in several minutes of injury time.
Throughout it all the Robinettes’ defender Kallie Horner stood head and shoulders above everyone else, giving an awesome performance which rightfully earned her the Player of the Match award.
Indeed it was Horner who started the moves which finally lead to a late equaliser; Amy Brown slotting home the rebound after Amy Salter’s shot was saved by the Ottery goalkeeper.
There was still time for good work from Leah Rawlings to play in Salter to rifle home the winner deep into added time, but make no mistake, this was a close encounter and the home side came mighty close to causing what would have been a big upset, perhaps underlining just how they are continuing to improve as a team.
Next up for the Budleigh ladies are back-to-back home and away meetings with University of Plymouth, taking place on May 6, at Budleigh and in Plymouth seven days later with both matches having 2pm kick-offs.