Budleigh edged out in midweek game at Honiton Town
PUBLISHED: 13:05 23 August 2018 | UPDATED: 15:00 23 August 2018
Budleigh Salterton were edged out by the odd goal in three in an entertaining midweek encounter at the Mountbatten Park home of Honiton Town, writes Alan Beer.
Budleigh started brightly and fashioned a chance as early as the third minute when Jake Chudleigh did well down the wing and crossed for Jack Howarth to see his chipped effort fly just over the home goal.
The opening goal arrived in the 13th minute when Budleigh glovesman Martin Hindle sent a goal kick into the Honiton half where it landed at the feet of Town’s Ben Ede who looked up, saw the Budleigh glovesman was well off his line and promptly volleyed the ball back over the stranded keeper and into the net!
That proved to be the only goal of the first half, but eight minutes into the second half, a slick right wing move by the home side ended with teenager Blake Freemantle netting at the far post.
With 13 minutes remaining Budleigh halved the deficit and the creator was new signing Morgan Pearce who looked impressive once he joined the action from the bench after the break and his cross was met by Jake Chudleigh to head past the Honiton glovesman.
Budleigh finished the game with 10 men when goalkeeper Hindle was shown a straight red card after he was adjudged to have denied Freemantle a clear scoring chance as he bore down on the goal. Budleigh will point to the poison of Karl Riddell as a ‘covering player’ but their protests were in vain and Hindle was sent for an early shower.
As for individual performances that stood out for Budleigh, George Pannell had a fine game, one that would have been even better had his final ball all too often nit matched the excellent approach play and young Ethan Slater also impressed as he grows in stature in the senior game.
On Saturday Budleigh are back in action at Greenway Lane with a 3pm kick-off for their meeting with Alphington.