East Budleigh are below par in 2-2 draw with Heavitree United

PUBLISHED: 22:30 24 December 2014 | UPDATED: 22:30 24 December 2014

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Aiden Martin rescued a point for East Budleigh last Saturday with a late equaliser in a 2-2 draw with visiting Heavitree in what was a below par display from the home side, writes Mark Auton.

The game struggled to flow with the referees whistle being heard too often, whilst Budleigh’s desire and determination was only seen sporadically.

An early goal for the away side was followed by a leveller on the quarter of an hour mark; Harry Trick’s ball into the channel found Martin and when his attempted to pass came back to him he half volleyed it into the far corner of the net.

The rest of the half saw both sides fail to really test their opposing keepers; Heavies saw a header flick the bar and for Budleigh Jamie Drummond flashed a free-kick the wrong side of the upright.

A slack start to the second period from Budleigh gave the visitors hope and they took the lead for the second time as Budleigh failed to clear their lines.

Almost immediately Ben Wyatt fed Josh Whiller who was clear on goal but fired his shot over the bar.

Twelve minutes from the end Jack Howarth took a short corner, Andy Case centred and when the ball reached Mike White his turn and shot was parried well by the Heavies keeper.

Budleigh were now showing more determination than in the whole game and when Case played a free-kick forward Martin applied the last touch for his fifth goal in two games.

It nearly got better for Budleigh with the last attack as Martin was put through only to miss the far post leaving both sides a share of the spoils.

This Saturday Budleigh will hope their is no festive hangover when they make the short journey to Lympstone.

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