East Budleigh bank four precious points to ease away from danger zone.
PUBLISHED: 15:38 20 March 2013 | UPDATED: 15:51 20 March 2013
Cullompton Rangers 1, East Budleigh 2
East Budleigh 2, Culm United 2
East Budleigh were just moments away from six points in a week when visitors Culm squeezed in a last ditch leveller last Saturday, writes Mark Auton.
A midweek trip to Cullompton saw Budleigh hold on for the win with a backs to the wall second half display; Goals from Dave Evans and Jack Howarth had put Budleigh two ahead at the break before the hosts pulled one back.
In the latter stages Cullompton contrived to miss an open goal, a penalty and other chances.
Budleigh took confidence from that win into their next game at home to Culm and should have had the game sewn up by half-time; After 18 minutes a clearance from keeper Rob Dance was flicked on by Si Tuley and it was Howarth who confidently lofted the ball into the net.
A good exchange between Evans and Tuley saw the former go close, whilst Tuley headed marginally over from a James Turner centre.
With Turner pulling the strings in midfield more opportunities came and went; Evans, Darren Dawes and Norbert Taras all unlucky not to hit the back of the net.
On the stroke of half-time Phil Page produced an excellent intervention to prevent the away side equalising.
Two minutes after the re-start a Steve Hitchcock free- kick was headed on by Tuley for Howarth who saw his header come back off the bar.
Minutes late Culm were level, but with the very next attack Budleigh restored their lead; Dawes, Turner and Taras were all involved in setting up Tuley whose shot was parried for a corner. From the resultant Evans kick Tuley’s flicked header found the far corner of the net.
Budleigh again struck the woodwork from a Darren Everest pile driver, but they were unable to get the elusive third goal.
Culm were now throwing everything at Budleigh; Dance produced a top drawer save, but was unable to prevent the late intervention that gained them a share of the spoils.
This Saturday Budleigh travel to Culm for the reverse fixture, but may play the game at East Budleigh if the hosts pitch is not playable.
East Budleigh Reserves were again without a match as the weather once again intervened with their fixture at Langdon.