East Budleigh Reserves 1, Halwill Reserves 3

On an excellent playing surface East Budleigh Reserves took on what was supposed to be a Halwill Reserve side, but with their first team not in action a number of first team players were added to their side, writes Mark Auton.

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Budeigh’s decision not to do this looked to have paid dividends when Jack Hocking’s well converted glancing header from a Max Tooby cross gave Budleigh an early lead.

In what was an even start, Budleigh saw the away side fire a couple of efforts over, whilst keeper Mark Bown had his palms stung by a long range drive.

At the other end of the pitch Joe Rosser met Tom Christian’s cross with his head and saw his effort blocked, whilst another good move began with some neat footwork from Ben Wyatt and after Hockings won the ball back Wyatt saw his shot cleared for a corner.

The Budleigh defence were being forced to work hard with Rich Wyatt and Adam Wheatley both producing fine tackles and Halwill had a gilt edged chance to level before doing so after 38 minutes.

Two further saves from Bown sent the teams in level at the break.

The second half saw the away side take control of the game. Despite the work put in by Ben Wyatt, Ben Wilks and Harry Trick, a string of corners eventually led to a second goal after 64 minutes.

Budleigh were forced to chase the game after this and Hockings continued to look for an opening, but a third visiting strike confirmed the points.

Even though Bown conceded three he did well for his side as did Ben Wyatt who served up an industrious shift.

Budleigh will hope to bounce back with their first game of 2014 when they host Priory at Vicarage Road on Saturday.

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