White double as Robins’ Under-15s see off Lympstone
PUBLISHED: 06:42 10 April 2018 | UPDATED: 06:42 10 April 2018
Budleigh Salterton Under-15s were excellent value for their 4-0 success in their Exeter and District Youth League Division Two local derby meeting with Lympstone, writes SpursTom.
The young Robins went into the contest determined to bag all three points, especially after learning of the withdrawal from the league of both Wonford Galaxy and West Exe Youth. The Robins have beaten both teams this season and may well lose the points gained in those games.
They also sought a season’s double over their near-neighbours, having won the meeting in Lympstone back in January.
On a well-prepared pitch it was the visitors who started the stronger, forcing the Robins’ defence on the back foot, but they lacked the finishing power to capitalise on their attacking work.
With 30 minutes approaching on the clock, home manager Mike Graham made four substitutions, a tactic which worked with substitute Tom Real then breaking the deadlock in the 35th minute, latching on to a Ryan Daffin pass before drilling the ball home.
With the second period only a couple of minutes old, Matt Shaw-Smith got on the score sheet thanks to a well-taken free kick by Liam O’Brien that found Daffin, who served up his second ‘assist’ of the game.
The contest then became a more competitive match, with both sides testing the other’s defence. There were, however, just two more goals, both scored by Will White, who showed great composure to get the better of the Lympets glovesman in a brace of one-on-one situations.
At the opposite end, the Robins back four and goalkeeper made sure they kept a clean sheet.
Tom Real came out on top against strong contenders for the Budleigh Player of the Match award. The victory means Budleigh have put further pressure on the other championship candidates.