Harris fires Budleigh into last four of the Morrison Bell Cup

PUBLISHED: 10:09 08 March 2018

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Budleigh Salterton were 2-1 winners over Macron Devon and Exeter League Premier Division high fliers Cronies, beating the Topsham-based side 2-1 in a Morrison Bell Cup tie under the Greenway Lane floodlights, writes Alan Beer.

The pair had met earlier this season in a Devon Premier Cup tie – again at Greenway Lane – and, with Cronies the cup holders following their success at the end of last season, the Robins put them out by winning that game 2-1.

The early exchanges were of good quality and the action was end-to-end until the deadlock was broken in the 18th minute.

Matt Dawson was felled in the area and referee Harry Chambers – who had a fine game – pointed to the spot, and Dawson drilled the ball home to put Budleigh into a 1-0 lead.

There was a glorious chance for the Robins to double their lead in the 35th minute when leading scorer Jordan Harris raced clear from just inside his own half, but in a one-on-one with the Cronies glovesman it was the visiting player who came out on top!

Five minutes later Harris was again in the thick of the action and, when he was hauled down on the edge of the area, Dawson rifled the free-kick fractionally over the bar.

Twenty minutes into the second half, Cronies won a succession of corners and, from the third, Liam Carey headed home at the far post to restore parity.

Minutes later the visitors were reduced to 10 men when one of their number spoke out of turn and was issued with a straight red card. Budleigh took full advantage of having an extra man and it was no more than they deserved when, with 10 minutes remaining, James Sharkey, who had come on in the second half for Luke Iddon, did well down the left before crossing for Harris to thump home the winner.

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