East Budleigh battlers run out of steam
PUBLISHED: 12:00 26 March 2015 | UPDATED: 12:00 26 March 2015
Missing a possible eight first-team players, East Budleigh put up a brave performance at Heavitree last Saturday before losing 3-1.
In an even first half Budleigh started the game well. After just four minutes Tim Whiteoak’s pass found Aaron Wakley and when he squared for Matt Thomas he screwed his shot wide of the target.
But just three minutes later Budleigh went ahead; Ben Wyatt with a well-struck 20-yard shot that found the corner of the net.
Unfortunately for Budleigh with the very next attack the hosts levelled all too easily.
The goal boosted Heavies and Andy Case was called upon to make a couple of timely challenges, whilst keeper Rob Dance was smartly off his line to block another chance.
Dan Atkinson went closest for Budleigh when his shot was tipped on to the bar, but Budleigh’s final ball was often lacking.
The home side came out for the second half revitalised and took control of the game.
After rattling the Budleigh bar they went in front from a corner in the 53rd minute.
Dance made a couple of exceptional saves to keep Budleigh in it, but a third goal 12 minutes from the end sealed their fate
Spencer West came on a little too late and almost grabbed a consolation for his side after Atkinson’s volley was saved.
For Budleigh both Dance and Whiteoak stood out.
This Saturday Budleigh complete their Division campaign when they play Clyst Valley at Vicarage Road.
East Budleigh Reserves visit Langdon in Division Six.
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