Seaton Town striker Knox is simply foursome

PUBLISHED: 21:50 11 September 2013 | UPDATED: 21:50 11 September 2013

Seaton Town 6, Budleigh Salterton 3

Town eased their way into the next round of the East Devon Senior Cup thanks to a clinical four-goal haul from striker Peter Knox.

The game was as enthralling as the goal count suggests. Town, fielding a much-changed side owing to a wedding, were on the back foot in the early exchanges and fell behind. They’d have been two down but for an extraordinary miss from a Budleigh player. Having survived the scare Town grew into the game and Knox struck his first shortly before strike partner Seth Wakeley left the pitch en-route to hospital! The 17-year-old suffered a fractured collar bone and will now be out for four to six weeks.

Five minutes before the break Josh French tucked away a penalty to put Town ahead. A minute after the re-start Knox scored his second and then completed his hat-trick to put Town 4-1 up. Budleigh came back well, scoring twice themselves, but a fourth from Know, the pick of his goals, a near post chip, made it 5-3 and Ritchie Durrant, who had a fine game on the left of midfield, completed the scoring to book Town a tie at Sidbury United in the next round.

Town boss Keith Somers said: “We did not play well, but I guess that was to be expected as I was effectively looking to put round pegs in square holes owing to the fact that almost our entire regular midfield were not present for one reason or another. However, the lads showed great character and Peter Knox showed us all how to finish, in style too! We ended worthy winners and can look forward to another interesting encounter in the next round at Sidbury United.”

On Saturday Town return to Fresha League action and a Colyford Road meeting with a Newtown side that has won both top flight games so far this term.

The players who missed the game to attend a wedding will all be back on parade, but Knox is working and so unavailable.

Somers says: “It’ll be a good measure of where we are. They (Newtown) are traditionally a good strong side and we will need to be at our best. I am sure we will deliver.”

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