Thursday, September 5, 2013
East Budleigh 2, Newton Poppleford 0
East Budleigh 1, Heavitree United 0
East Budleigh can be pleased with their start to the season with two victories in a week keeping up their 100 per cent record, writes Mark Auton.
A midweek outing against Newton Poppleford saw them register a win with goals from Dan Atkinson and Ben Rowland.
It was Man of the Match Alex Manning that created the opener in the 10th minute when his surging run and cross was tucked away by Atkinson at the back post.
Budleigh were always in control. A burst of pace down the right from Jack Howarth saw Ryan Britton and Atkinson go close and it could have been two before the break as Howarth and Mike White were denied by the away stopper.
Dan Reynolds and Ben Rowland joined the action in the second half and Budleigh continued to look the more likely to score; The creativity of White saw Atkinson go close and on 72 minutes the combination of Josh Whiller and White saw Rowland head just over.
As always in these situations its nice to see a second goal and five minutes from time Atkinson laid the ball through for Rowland who provided another accomplished finish to seal the win.
Along with Manning the Budleigh defence of Ben Wilks, Andy Case and Adam Jones produced a solid defensive display.
On Saturday Budleigh played host to Heavitree and ground out a single goal victory thanks to Jack Hocking’s 63rd minute goal.
Budleigh found it harder to produce the fluency of the previous week, but deservedly came out on top.
Clear cut chances were at a premium in the first period; Howarth had a shot blocked and also went close when linking up well with Whiller.
Budleigh could have scored on 57 minutes when a long throw from Jones surprisingly fell at the feet of Reynolds who was unable to get the power behind his finish.
Six minutes later Hocking kept his composure to lift his shot over the advancing keeper and into the net.
The game then turned nasty with a lot of niggly fouls and it was the away side that were reduced to ten men when one of their defenders reacted with arms raised.
Hocking came closest to a second hooking his shot just wide, but Budleigh were happy to hang on for the win.
It was also another clean sheet for a Budleigh defence of Harry Trick, Jones, Manning, Man of the Match Case and club captain and substitute Phil Page.
This Saturday Budleigh host Alphington in a Devon Senior Cup tie at Vicarage Road (2.30pm) when they will look to keep up the good work.