Dance delight with penalty save as East Budleigh bag win
PUBLISHED: 19:32 24 April 2013 | UPDATED: 19:32 24 April 2013
Culm United 0, East Budleigh 1
East Budleigh produced a fine all round team performance to register three points at Culm last Saturday, but will wonder how they didn’t make it a more comfortable afternoon, writes Mark Auton.
Budleigh started well with midfield trio of Tim Whiteoak, Dan Reynolds and Aaron Davey imposing their presence immediately and it could have been four-nil in the first ten minutes as chances went begging and the woodwork coming to the aid of the hosts.
Against the run of play Culm were awarded a penalty midway through the half, but Budleigh keeper Rob Dance dived superbly to his left to make an exquisite full stretch save.
This lifted Budleigh again and it was there turn to get a spot kick won and calmly converted by the reliable Si Tuley who netted his 16th goal of the season.
Andy Case was having a good game at sweeper mopping up well behind Phil Page and Steve Hitchcock who both defended well. On the flanks Steve Davey slotted in well on the left with Darren Dawes on the right.
After the break Budleigh continued to go close; Tuley and Jack Howarth worked hard with the latter, who on a different day may have helped himself to a hat-trick or more.
Player-manager Spencer West and Chris Eveleigh were Budleigh’s replacements in a good victory.
Budleigh’s next game is at Tiverton on Saturday, May 4, before their league campaign is completed at Witheridge on Monday, May 6, (both kick-off at 3pm).