East Budleigh had to settle for a point in this local derby at home to Lympstone last Saturday and, after an excellent display from visiting keeper Scott Clayton, the away side should have won it late on. 

Budleigh had the better of the first half and Brendan Hood, George Harris and Jack Howarth were all kept out by an inspired Clayton, but 27 minutes in they did get the break though, Toby Hill firing the ball into the net for the Jays. 

Harris then went close to a second rattling the bar before the half-time whistle. Lympstone were a better side in the second half and Budleigh keeper Drew Shorrock was forced into a fine save, but was unable to prevent Sam Woodin heading an equaliser twenty minutes from time. 

It was now end to end and a terrific game to watch. Hugo Demetre went agonisingly close from a Guy Laverock free-kick and Kyle Barnsley saw his effort just miss the far post, whilst Clayton made another good stop to deny James Bridge.  

The visitors were also getting chances and saw Joe Day scramble the ball off the Budleigh line and then miss an open goal to leave both sides with a share of the spoils. 

This Saturday Budleigh are at Wellington. (kick-off 2.15pm) 

There was good news for East Budleigh Reserves, who made it three wins from three league games played with a superb team display at Colyton last Saturday. 

Budleigh did well in the first period but failed to capitalise with their finishing letting them down. Into the second half and Budleigh were awarded a penalty following a handball by a Colyton defender, Dan Atkinson stepped up to dispatch the kick. 

Budleigh’s second and clinching goal stemmed from a fine move that saw Nick Tweedie, Tom Christian and Owen Corrick all involved before the latter crossed perfectly for Nathan Penhallurick to make it 2-0. 

Despite some late pressure from the home side, Budleigh deservedly claimed all three points and will look for more of the same when they host Sidmouth this Saturday (kick-off 3pm).