East Budleigh edged out by visiting Newton St Cyres

PUBLISHED: 11:06 11 December 2014 | UPDATED: 11:06 11 December 2014

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East Budleigh were beaten at home last Saturday by a solitary 75th minute strike, but overall deserved at least a share of the spoils with a makeshift side on duty, writes Mark Auton.

Disappointingly for Budleigh a couple of players again dropped out at the last minute and with illness as well, player-manager Spencer West was forced to start the game as Budleigh had to reshuffle and recall Jack Morgan from second team duty at Alphington.

Despite this, Budleigh had the better chances, but were unable to find the net.

The closest they came in the first half was on 20 minutes when excellent approach play from Mike White found Jack Howarth whose fine low centre just eluded the out-stretched leg of White who had continued his run.

At the other end Budleigh keeper Rob Dance was rarely troubled between the sticks in the first period as the sides went in at 0-0.

Eleven minutes after the re-start Dan Atkinson fed Howarth whose finish was smothered by an oncoming Newton keeper and with the very next attack Howarth went close again; West flicked on Dances’ kick for Howarth who saw his lob come back off the bar with white agonisingly close to following up.

With just 15 minutes to go the away side scored with a long range effort that gave Dance no chance and this was a cruel blow to Budleigh. Dance then prevented a second parrying well, but Budleigh were unable to get the elusive goal; Atkinson’s volley was well held by the visiting keeper in the closing stages.

For Budleigh Max Tooby stepped in at right back and did very well on his first team debut, whilst White and Ben Wyatt worked hard.

Budleigh will hope to return to winning ways with similar attitude when they visit Heavitree on Saturday.

East Budleigh Reserves went down 8-0 at Alphington.

Ross Szender deserves a mention for his efforts for a Budleigh side that will hope for better when they host Seaton Town at Vicarage Road. Both East Budleigh matches on Saturday have 2.15pm starts.

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