Williams hits two more
PUBLISHED: 19:58 10 January 2011
Copyright: I Hitchcock
BUDLEIGH Salterton made it two early 2011 wins in quick succession with a 2-0 win at Bickleigh on Saturday, writes Alan Beer.
The Robins had won 6-1 at home to Ottery St Mary in midweek with a hat-trick from Danny Williams and other goals from Liam Ellis, Sam Schlaefli and 16-year old Callum Shipton, playing his first Premier game, who netted just before the final whistle.
Seventy two hours after the Greenway Lane win over the Otters – the third time this term that Ottery had shipped six goals to the Robins at the ground, this after two Cup meetings, the Robins made the short trip to Bickleigh and their compact Happy Meadow ground.
A close-call denied Budleigh an early lead when a shot from Khalid Badavi from the corner of the six yard box glanced off the cross bar and Peter Grover, coming in from the edge of the 18 yard box, fired home but was flagged offside.
Undaunted, the Robins continued to press and their endeavour was rewarded when Adam Clark fired in a free kick to the near post and Danny Williams saw his header deflected off a Bickleigh defender and into the net.
Ten minutes before the break the match official brandished a pair of red cards with Budleigh’s Karl Rickard and the home sides Stuart Anderson, sent for an early bath after what seemed little more than a bit of push-and-shove!
Just after the restart, a flowing Robins raid ended with a Mark Lever shot from 20 yards going just wide.
Ten minutes later a shot from Badavi was tipped over by Danny Lewis in the home goal.
The hosts were cruelly denied when Sam Hunt was wrongly penalised for hand ball as
he slotted past Chris Wright, who also did well to keep out a fierce close range effort from Stuart Bolt. Budleigh again missed several chances to put the game beyond Bickleigh until, with five minutes remaining, Danny Williams made it safe with a shot from the edge of the box after a good solo run.
With leaders Appledore surprisingly beaten by Alphington both Liverton and Budleigh are poised to climb above the North Devon side with their games in hand – it sets up an intriguing February 19 clash at Liverton when the Robins will have their very genuine title credentials on the line!