Thursday, September 26, 2013
East Budleigh Reserves 1, Otterton 2
East Budleigh Reserves put up a brave effort against a very experienced Otterton side last Saturday going down to goals from Phil Thomas and Kev Pitt, writes Mark Auton.
With another former Budleigh player Si Tuley pulling the strings for the visitors it was always going to be difficult and it was Tuley that went close early on.
But Budleigh had their moments: Ryan Britton warmed the visiting keepers hands and when a free-kick from Tom Christian was cleared as far as Colin Jeans his volley was only marginally wide.
Otterton were having the better of it; Pitt went close and Budleigh keeper Mark Bown did well on another occasion when coming off his line to make a last ditch challenge.
Just after the half hour Rich Pratt had a shot blocked before a Joel Rendell throughball set up Joe Rosser whose toe poke finish put Budleigh ahead.
It looked as though Budleigh would go in at the break with the advantage, but they failed to clear a corner and that man Thomas did what he’s been so good at over the years being in the right place to turn the ball into the net.
Early in the second half Adam Wheatley and Britton combined to set up Rosser who fired over, but as hard as Budleigh tried the away side began to get the upper hand.
Bown was at his best with a couple of smart saves, but after tipping one Pitt effort onto the bar was unable to stop him putting his side ahead.
It was too much for a young Budleigh side against the old heads of their near neighbours.
Wheatley was the best player for a Budleigh side that will look to return to winning ways when they visit Uplowman on Saturday.