East Budleigh edged out in Morrison Bell Cup semi-final by Budleigh
PUBLISHED: 08:43 16 May 2013 | UPDATED: 08:43 16 May 2013
Budleigh Salterton 2, East Budleigh 1
East Budleigh rounded off their campaign with a narrow defeat to neighbours Budleigh Salterton in the semi-final of the Morrison Bell Cup, writes Mark Auton.
It was a brave effort from East Budleigh and although their illustrious opponents held sway in the possession stats they still managed to play some good football.
In a scoreless first half Budleigh were frustrated by some fine defending from East Budleigh and at times restricted them to long range efforts. When they did get closer East Budleigh keeper Rob Dance made an excellent save.
Budleigh upped the tempo at the start of the second half; Andy Case cleared off the line, but the deadlock was broken on 57 minutes when George Pannell found the back of the net.
But East Budleigh were not going to go down without a fight; Aaron Denny was the spark in the midfield and on 71 minutes saw Scott Bellamy hit a shot straight at the Budleigh keeper from his pass before grabbing an equalizer three minutes later.
His left foot shot looked to be missing the target but nestled neatly into the top left corner for a goal that his work rate deserved.
The goals re-ignited the game; Dance saved well, but from the resultant corner Mike Hancock nodded in after their had appeared to have been an earlier foul, but the goal stood.
East Budleigh almost forced extra-time when Si Tuley was inches away from scoring when fed by Denny, but it was Budleigh who progressed to another final.
East Budleigh can take heart from this display in their preparations for the 2013/14 Fresha League campaign.
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