Robins Reserves slip closer to drop spots after derby defeat

East Budleigh 2nds at home to Culm Utd 2nds. Ref exsp 03-18TI 6392. Picture: Terry Ife

East Budleigh 2nds at home to Culm Utd 2nds. Ref exsp 03-18TI 6392. Picture: Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

Budleigh Salterton Reserves were beaten 2-0 when they hosted Otterton in a Macron League Division Three game, writes SpursTom.

Having not seen action since the second Saturday of January, the Robins second team were hoping to put out a strong side for a much-anticipated local derby fixture.

Sadly, a combination of unavailability and call-ups to the senior side left second team boss Alan Barnsley working hard on the morning of the match to field a side – even going as far as to name himself amongst the substitutes!

The bosses makeshift team fell behind inside two minutes to a Matt Lidstone strike, but thereafter stood strong and gave a really good account of themselves before conceding a second late in the game when Jimmy Cardwell got the final touch in a crowded area.

The Robins were lacking the strength and luck required for such a challenge and this reversal drops them closer to the relegation places.

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It is not about to get any easier for Alan and his team, for this Saturday (February 24) they face an arguably tougher challenge when they travel to Exeter to take on a Royal Oak side that defeated table-toppers Priory over the weekend.

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