Budleigh Reserves beaten on artificial surface in Exeter

PUBLISHED: 08:31 25 February 2018 | UPDATED: 11:06 25 February 2018

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Budleigh Salterton Reserves went down 4-2 when they travelled into Exeter to face Royal Oak in a Macron League Division Three game on the artificial surface at Exwick that is the home venue for the hosts.

With 90 minutes facing them on an unfamiliar surface – at least in terms of match play – the Robins were dealt a pre kick-off blow when striker Ollie Henton injured his knee during the warm-up and could take no part in the contest.

The first 45 minutes underlined the problem for an away side on the artificial surface for what was glaringly obvious was the home side are already used to the pitch – something that the Robins’ players were clearly not! Royal Oak passed the ball around well and raced into a three goal half-time lead through strikes from Tyler Denley, Jordan Brooks and Scott Chambers. It was not all one-way though, and the Robins did fashion a couple of decent chances of their own.

The Budleigh hopes took a further knock during the interval when it became clear that goalkeeper Nick Eveleigh had aggravated a previous injury and he was unable to come out for the second half. Midfielder Sam Page donned the goalkeeper jersey and he proved to be a more than capable deputy, being beaten just once with the home scorer being Nathan May.

Either side of that fourth home goal, the travelling Robins found the target twice with Matt Skinner netting from the penalty spot before James Ross applied a polished finish to some excellent inter-play between Harry Gibbings, Sam Balbi, Adam Wilkinson and the scorer.

Next up for the Robins second team is Saturday’s trip to Crediton United Reserves, who comfortably defeated them when they met at Greenway Lane back in September.

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