East Budleigh crush Cully with great eight as Atkinson nets hat-trick

PUBLISHED: 21:06 06 November 2013 | UPDATED: 21:06 06 November 2013

East Budleigh 8, Cullompton 0

East Budleigh returned to winning ways with a thumping victory over Cullompton last Saturday, writes Mark Auton.

It took Budleigh a while to get going, but when they did a superb all-round display saw them run riot.

The early exchanges were even: Jack Howarth stooped to head wide after meeting an Alex Manning centre when fed by Phil Page and the warning was there for the visitors as Budleigh went close to the opener from a Manning corner.

Cullompton gradually came into the game, but failed to test Budleigh keeper Rob Dance.

In the 35th minute Manning’s corner was flicked on by Steve Hitchcock and as the ball was cleared Adam Jones’s effort was diverted in by Howarth.

It was déjà vu for the away side eight minutes later: Manning’s corner was flicked on by Hitchcock and, when cleared, Matt Jones hit a shot that deflected off a defender into the roof of the net.

Mike White, Dan Reynolds and Josh Whiller were snapping at every ball in the Budleigh midfield and a confident Budleigh were three ahead in two minutes after the restart. Another corner, this time taken from the opposite side by Howarth, once again saw Hitchcock flick on and it was Page that headed home.

Ten minutes later a handball in the Cullompton area led to a penalty award from which Manning calmly stepped forward to convert.

Budleigh then sent on Dan Atkinson, Ben Rowland and Jack Hocking as the flood gates began to open.

Atkinson’s right foot lobbed finish was the first of a treble for him after 63 minutes.

Back at the other end Dance had previously had a quiet afternoon, but showed the qualities of a fine keeper to make a treble save from the visitors’ best opportunity.

Budleigh did not take their foot off the pedal: Rowland struck the foot of the post before Budleigh scored three in the last five minutes.

Goal number six was a fine individual effort from White who cut in from the left before curling an exquisite finish into the far corner of the net.

Two minutes later the Cullompton keeper could only parry a Hockings shot and Atkinson followed up to grab his second and Budleigh’s seventh.

A depleted Cullompton backline left Atkinson to beat the oncoming keeper to the ball, round him and fire into an empty net in the 90th minute to complete the rout. White was voted Man of the Match closely followed by Reynolds, Whiller and hat-trick Atkinson.

This Saturday Budleigh will look to keep up the momentum when they travel to Sidbury.

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