Hocking the hero in resounding East Budleigh victory
- Credit: East Budleigh FC
Jack Hocking struck an amazing five goals to become the top scorer in Joma Division 1 East of the Devon and Exeter League, as East Budleigh cruised to three points against opponents Lyme Regis in their final game of the season.
Budleigh were ahead early, when Aaron Denny squared for Hocking to tap home, but minutes later the visitors were level from the penalty spot.
Despite the equaliser, it was Budleigh who were in the ascendency, and a mazy run and shot from Guy Laverock came back off the bar. Will Price then swept a fine pass to Laverock and he found Jack Greenslade who fired just over.
Number two soon came and it was once again Denny with the assist for Hocking to make it 2-1.
Alex Manning then got his name on the scoresheet from wide on the right, as he managed to find the top corner of the net with a stunner, before Budleigh made it four before the break.
The ever-willing Sam Balbi won a corner, Manning took, Price headed onto the bar and Hocking nodded in.
The second half followed a similar pattern to the first, although Budleigh ‘keeper Drew Shorrock was forced into a couple of smart saves.
The home side struck again on 65 minutes when Liam West found Manning and his perfect cross was slid in by that man Hocking, who then completed the scoring by bundling the ball into the net after Denny and Balbi had combined.
East Budleigh completed their revised season in Division 1 East with a third-placed finish, just three points behind Otterton in second, with Exmouth Rovers the runaway winners.
The heroics of Hocking cemented one proud record for the Jays, as they were top scorers in the division, notching an impressive 44 goals in their 14 matches.
Teignmouth Reserves and Clyst Valley Reserves were the two sides locked in mid-table, with Lyme Regis Reserves next in the standings, while Dunkeswell Rovers and Lympstone filled the bottom two slots.