East Budleigh edged out at title-chasing Bampton

PUBLISHED: 12:19 27 April 2018

East Budleigh at home to Halwill. Ref exsp 12 18TI 9710. Picture: Terry Ife

East Budleigh at home to Halwill. Ref exsp 12 18TI 9710. Picture: Terry Ife

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East Budleigh made the trip to Bampton where they went down by the odd goal in seven, despite battling very well on what was an awful surface, writes Mark Auton.

Jack Howarth gave Budleigh the lead after 10 minutes, but the Jays somehow managed to concede three times in the next 10!

Dan Atkinson brought Budleigh back into the game, pulling one back before the break.

The hosts restored their two goal cushion minutes after the re-start, but Budleigh were not going to go down without a fight; Atkinson was on target again to make it 4-3.

Try as they did, Budleigh were unlucky not to grab an equalizer. For Budleigh, both George Harris and Jacob Rice worked hard at both ends for a Budleigh side who visit Woodbury on Saturday (April 28), before hosting Axmouth on May 1, at Vicarage Road.

●On what was a crazy afternoon, East Budleigh Reserves scored four times in the final 20 minutes to defeat visiting Cheriton Fitzpaine Reserves 6-2.

Cheiton led 2-1, but both Julian Green and Kai Guise had hit the post for Budleigh and it was the former who scored with his head from a Ross Bright corner for Budleigh’s goal.

The second half saw the Jays get on top. Green fired over when set up by Gareth Morrey, before Bright produced an exquisite chip to level the scores. Budleigh then missed a penalty before Morrey kept his composure to score.

The floodgates then opened; Joe Walker came off the bench to sweetly strike a free-kick over the wall and into the net to make it four. Goal number five came courtesy of Tom Christian, who curled an excellent finish into the top corner, before Bright added his second with another fine finish. The Man of the Match award went to Morrey, who recovered superbly from an early error, whilst Wilks and Bright also did well.

On Saturday (April 28), Budleigh entertain Amory Green Rovers at Vicarage Road, before visiting Honiton the following Wednesday (May 2).

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