Wednesday, February 13, 2013
East Budleigh Reserves 2, Stoke Hill 4
This was a lack lustre display from East Budleigh Reserves who were well beaten at home last Saturday, writes Mark Auton.
Greg Konopka was denied by the away stopper in the sixth minute from Rich Wyatt’s pass, but it was only two minutes later that poor marking saw the visitors open the scoring.
Andy Case was delivering some fine set pieces and from consecutive corner kicks both Neil Kearsley and Rich Wyatt went close respectively.
On the 20 minute mark a long punt forward from Budleigh keeper Mark Bown led to Konopka sliding in the equalizer.
Unfortunately for Budleigh it was déjà-vu six minutes later as the Exeter side restored their lead with a carbon copy of the first goal.
Towards the end of the half a dipping shot from Case struck the bar as the sides went into the break.
After the interval Case saw his cross-cum-shot come back off the far post and gratefully into the Stoke keepers arms and from then on the visitors had control.
A third goal arrived from a free-kick and a well taken fourth sealed the points.
Joe Rosser prevented a fifth with a goal line clearance before Budleigh added a late consolation; With the last attack Steve Davey produced a rare cross for Kearsley to head home.
For Budleigh Rosser slotted in at right back and showed a never say die attitude to be Budleigh’s best player on the day, it was just a pity that the whole team didn’t show the same commitment.
They have the perfect opportunity to put it right when they host Langdon on Saturday (3pm).