A depleted East Budleigh side visited Ottery last Saturday hoping to take maximum points off the Otters.

It followed an entertaining 7-5 victory earlier in the season.

The Jays trialled a new 3-5-2 formation playing uphill in the first half.

Unfortunately it didn’t work and they found themselves behind inside 10 minutes.

A ball flashed across the goal for an easy back post tap in.

Budleigh worked hard after this and Brad Hill came closest, firing just wide 10 minutes later.

The Jays battled away in the second half on what was a warm afternoon, but both sides were limited to half chances.

There were many heavy challenges flying in which the ref was happy to let flow, but it wasn’t to be Budleigh’s day.

They will look to bounce back on 1st May when they host Exeter University.

At full time, the score in the Division 1 fixture was Ottery St Mary 1-0 East Budleigh.

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While in Division 3, East Budleigh Reserves took on leaders Witheridge.

A weakened starting 11 fought hard against a good side, before losing 4-0.

Nathan Penhallurick looked dangerous for Budleigh and went close with a header when having a chance to level.

Two-nil down at the interval, Tom Christian tested the visiting keeper with a well struck free-kick early in the second half.

Budleigh keeper Mark Bown did his best but was unable to prevent the away side finishing the job.

On a difficult afternoon Ioan harding worked hard for a Budleigh side who visit Lyme Regis on Saturday (kick-off 4-30pm).