December 3, 2018 at 3:51 pm #17409
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Devon Premier Cup 3rd round
BUDLEIGH SALTERTON 1,FREMINGTON 2
After undergoing what was tantramount to a wasted journey to Dorset last saturday(right game,wrong ground!)I opted for a localised option in the form of a cup tie that my gut instinct told me had the makings of a minor upset.
Free admission was the order of the day albeit not enticing enough to attract the local populace in their hoardes as a mere 31 utilised a couple of spare hours at Greenway Lane including two from North Devon who recalled yours truly from the brace of Fremington games I saw early last season-make what you will of that!
Unquestionably their viewpoint was of a positive nature after a bright start by the understrength North Devon Premier outfit,Connor Nash forcing a fine save from Alan Doble before the latter brought down the former in the area on 18,Nash placing the resultant spot kick into the bottom right corner.Budleigh levelled ten minutes later when John Nott,who moments beforehand had missed the proverbial sitter in front of goal,accepted a Matt Ansell pass and rifled the ball low into the bottom left corner from fifteen yards.Fremington,however,restored their advantage minutes before the break thanks to a sublime 25-yard free kick from Nash that curled exquisitely past Doble to his right.
The second period’s initial skirmishes were a tad uneventful,so much so that upon perambulation I was distracted by events in the neighbouring field:say what you like about your average Bovine but they epitomized politeness as they queued two or three abreast in snake formation for at least 300 yards up to a gate in the distance-maybe a local farmer’s attempt at a potential world record although I neglected to seek ratification as I refocussed my mind on the visiting two-legged black and white embellished version’s bid to hold on to their lead,ultimately achieved after a goalless half that saw the hosts hit the woodwork twice,one in freakish manner as Nott’s close-range block tackle near the right-hand touchline saw the ball veer towards goal and hit the left upright,the player’s reward instantaneously being subbed much to his chagrin!Jake Chudley then had a shot cleared off the line as Budleigh strove for at least extra-time but clearly it wasn’t their day today,the final whistle bringing an away victory in what was a decent game.
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