Action between East Budleigh and Tipton St John (in red) on Saturday. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref exsp 7396-35-13SH To order your copy of this photograph go to www.exmouthjournal.co.uk and click on Photo Orders.
Thursday, August 29, 2013
East Budleigh 3, Tipton St John 1
East Budleigh got their league campaign off to the perfect start with a deserved home win over Tipton, writes Mark Auton.
Jack Howarth struck twice for Budleigh, whilst Ben Rowland scored from the bench on his first team debut.
The opening goal arrived in the 11th minute courtesy of an Andy Case free-kick which was eventually finished off by a persistent Howarth.
Two minutes late Budleigh went close again when another debutant Josh Whiller chased down a clearance from Matt Jones before lifting his shot over keeper and bar.
Whiller was linking well with Howarth and, on 27 minutes, put his strike partner through, but with the ball going away from him Howarth was only able to poke the ball wide.
Four minutes later Budleigh keeper Rob Dance was given no chance as the away side levelled.
But Budleigh weren’t to be denied and a minute from the interval Adam Jones played a peach of a pass for the run of Mike White, he centred for Howarth who restored the advantage at the second attempt.
In the second period it was Budleigh that always looked the more likely to add to the score, but Dance was called upon a couple of occasions and generally handled well.
Rowland came off the bench and showed his potential with a smartly taken goal in to the top corner midway through the half, but his game was harshly brought to an end by a poor challenge from a visiting defender.
In the closing quarter Whiller went close to a goal on two occasions when set up by Spencer West and Dan Reynolds respectively.
In what was a fine team display Whiller netted the Man of the Match award, whilst Adam Jones produced a solid performance. A mention should also go to White and Ben Wilks who fitted in well.
This Saturday Budleigh host Heavitree United (3pm).
East Budleigh Reserves were denied their opening fixture when Honiton Reserves were unable to raise a team for their bank holiday match.