Williams brace in Robins' win over Bickleigh

PUBLISHED: 09:01 26 November 2009 | UPDATED: 12:23 10 June 2010

BUDLEIGH booked a derby date with neighbours Exmouth Time when they finally got to play their Graddon Vending Devon Premier Cup tie with Bickleigh last weekend, writes Alan Beer.

BUDLEIGH booked a derby date with neighbours Exmouth Time when they finally got to play their Graddon Vending Devon Premier Cup tie with Bickleigh last weekend, writes Alan Beer.

The hosts started the brighter of the two sides, but it was the visitors who struck first when Kieran Rapo rounded Robin's keeper Brad Evans on the edge of the area before rolling the ball into an empty net.

It took just three minutes for parity to be restored when a Tim Nield free kick from fully 40 yards, sailed into the back of the Bickleigh net, and the home side took the lead on the half hour when a crisp combination of passes ended with Danny Williams slotting the ball home from ten yards.

Playing into the wind in the second period, Budleigh missed a chance to increase their lead straight from the kick off, and were made to pay a heavy price when the visitors raced down the other end and levelled things up at 2-2.

As the second period wore on, the home side looked to be coping much more comfortably with the elements than the opposition and, when Williams found some space out on the right his cross was met at the near post by Scott Howarth, who headed firmly past the visiting keeper to put the Robins ahead for the second time in the game.

Minutes later the contest was effectively over when Williams broke clear, rounded the keeper once more to tuck the ball away and seal a 4-2 win.

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