East Budleigh Reserves battle well in cup exit
PUBLISHED: 10:05 21 September 2017 | UPDATED: 10:05 21 September 2017
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East Budleigh Reserves put up a brave fight against a Millwey Rise side from three leagues higher, and even led at the interval in a Devon Intermedioate Cup that ultimately saw the visiting side win 8-3, writes Mark Auton.
Eighteen minutes into the contest Budleigh opened the scoring when Liam Mathew curled a beauty into the top corner to give Budleigh the lead.
The visitors levelled on the half hour, but Budleigh were 2-1 ahead before the break; Gareth Morrey had his shot blocked only for Kev Hocking to find the back of the net with a tidy finish.
Steve Davey and Adam Wheatley were defending stoutly for Budleigh, but two goals in two minutes turned the game on its head seven minutes after the re-start.
Millwey went on to stamp their authority on the game as Budleigh tried to get back in the tie.
Joe Walker added a third consolation for a Budleigh side who should take heart from their first half efforts when they visit Amory Green Rovers in Division Eight this Saturday (September 23).