East Budleigh in a battling display against the Vikings.

PUBLISHED: 09:00 26 November 2009 | UPDATED: 12:23 10 June 2010

ON AN afternoon of torrential rain East Budleigh produced a battling display against high flying Premier side Sidmouth last Saturday, but, bowed out of the competition to a solitary first half goal, writes Mark Auton.

ON AN afternoon of torrential rain East Budleigh produced a battling display against high flying Premier side Sidmouth last Saturday, but, bowed out of the competition to a solitary first half goal, writes Mark Auton.

The referee declared the surface at Budleigh playable and was happy to complete the full 90 minutes as conditions deteriorated.

In the early exchanges Budleigh held their own well and a couple of long range efforts saw Martin Williams and Lee Irvine go close.

The visitors gradually came to terms with the conditions and took a 17th minute lead when the Budleigh defence allowed Sidmouth an easy tap in for the opener.

For a period after it looked as though the away side would take control; Budleigh keeper Rob Dance saved well with his legs, whilst Josh Sale showed good composure once again at the age of 18 and was ably accompanied by Phil Page and Zack Pearce in a Budleigh back three.

In the centre of the park, Williams, Matt Jones and Hugo Demetre gave as good as they got for Budleigh's cause.

Sidmouth began the second half looking to kill off the tie, but Dance was on the top of his game with a two exquisite saves, considering the conditions.

At the other end, Budleigh began to believe that they could snatch a goal; Mickey Cope and Richard Thompson linked up well to find Jones, but his shot was comfortably held before another good move saw the offside flag deny Irvine after finding the back of the net.

Budleigh had to commit players forward as the half wore on and the visitors should have added a second from an excellent ball across the face of the Budleigh goal.

Adam Jones joined the action as a late substitute for Matt Chown, before Thompson forced a late save and Pearce fired the rebound over.

Budleigh return to league action in Division One this coming Saturday when they visit Halwill, a side they can travel to with renewed confidence after the commitment they showed to the cause against Sidmouth.

East Budleigh Reserves were due to face the Met Office in the Geary Cup but, after turning up at the ground, the referee cancelled the game.

This frustrated the visiting side who were right to point out that, given the conditions; they could have been prevented from travelling had the hosting club done the sensible thing and called the game off themselves!

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