Budleigh pay price for glaring miss

PUBLISHED: 09:01 24 December 2009 | UPDATED: 12:30 10 June 2010

AFTER heavy overnight frost, both sides worked hard to convince the match referee it was safe to go ahead, and so it did, producing a good local derby in the process, writes Alan Beer.

AFTER heavy overnight frost, both sides worked hard to convince the match referee it was safe to go ahead, and so it did, producing a good local derby in the process, writes Alan Beer.

Chris Wright in the Budleigh goal was the first to be called in to action, producing a class save from a close range Sam Dibling header and it was not until the half hour mark when Budleigh produced their first real threat on goal.

Danny Williams, saw his crisp shot fly fractionally over the cross-bar. Almost immediately, at the opposite end of the Endurance Park pitch, Wright had to be sharp again to deny an 18 yard effort from Karl Rickard.

Just two minutes into the second half, Budleigh should have taken the lead when Anthony Osbourne from six yards out headed wide from a Stuart Davies cross.

The miss proved to be costly for, just four minutes later, Simon Bochenski was presented with a similar situation and he made no mistake, rifling it past Wright to put the Marines ahead.

Budleigh should have levelled minutes later when leading scorer Williams was set up to such a degree that he had an open goal before him, but, he opted to take an extra touch and this gave a defender time to recover and block the effort.

The visitors's were now committed to throwing extra bodies forward in a bid to find an equaliser and so the inevitable happened!

With men committed forward, they were caught on the break by Martin Finneron who ran onto a long through ball before firing past Wright to seal a 2-0 win for the Military men.

Budleigh boss Alex Freer said: "Simon Bochenski was certainly the difference between the sides. We played well enough, and had our chances, but we didn't take them whilst they were clinical with theirs."Robins

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