East Budleigh play out clean sheet draw with visiting Alphas
PUBLISHED: 20:05 20 November 2013 | UPDATED: 20:05 20 November 2013
East Budleigh 0, Alphington 0
East Budleigh battled their way to a well earned point against Alphington last Saturday on what was another well prepared playing surface by groundsman Richard Slade, writes Mark Auton.
Overall, the away side probably had the better of the game, but Man of the Match Phil Page marshalled his defence well with the aide of colleagues Steve Hitchcock, Andy Case and Matt Jones.
Budleigh keeper Rob Dance was the busier in the first half, but was not severly tested although Alphington squndered a good chance on the stroke of half-time.
For Budleigh Mike White and Dan Reynolds were working hard in Budleigh’s engine room, whilst Josh Whiller was showing some good touches.
The second half was a much better watch; The visitors started brightly, but six minutes in Budleigh almost took the lead; Adam Jones did well to meet a Case free-kick with his head and as the ball looped over the keeper it hit the upright with Jack Howarth agonisingly close to touching it in.
Nine minutes later Dance produced the save of the match diving to his left to paw away a well struck volley and handled well when called upon.
Budleigh introduced Ben Rowlands to the action; His corner saw Hitchcock flick a header just over and when his sweetly struck through-ball for Howarth saw the Budleigh number nine go clear he was only denied by an excellent tackle as when pulling the trigger.
This results sets Budleigh up nicely for an away derby at Exmouth Amateurs on Saturday.