East Budleigh put out of cup at first hurdle

PUBLISHED: 10:21 08 September 2011




EAST Budleigh crashed out of the East Devon Senior Cup at the first stage when beaten after extra-time by Witheridge, writes Mark Auton.

Missing key players Budleigh never got into their stride as the visitors had the better of the game; Chances were at a premium in the first half an hour as defences were on top.

Si Tuley and Adam Jones came closest for Budleigh, whilst Rob Dance kept the away side out with a couple of smart saves.

Three minutes into the second half Dance saved well with his legs and it was Budleigh that took the lead on the hour; Scott Bellamy laid the ball out wide for Tuley whose peach of a cross was met by the head of Jonny Killick who scored his first Budleigh goal.

Unfortunately that’s as good as it got; Witheridge levelled a quarter of an hour later to force extra time.

In the first period the visitors squandered a penalty putting the ball wide, but were ahead for the first time with the last kick of the fifteen.

In the second period Budleigh were unable to find the extra level and a late own goal compounded their misery.

Budleigh return to Premier league action on Saturday with a trip to Topsham and will hope to have a full squad available.

There was better news for East Budleigh Reserves who were always infront in thier Football Express Cup tie and booked their place in round two with a fine display to beat Chagford.

With Neil Kearsley and Simon Pearce pulling the strings in the midfield Budleigh had the better of things. A brace of goals from Mark Dobrijevic and solitary strikes from Colin Jeans and Steve Davey saw Budleigh through.

Budleigh keeper Adam Coles handled well, Davey had a good game, but Man of the Match was the outstanding Phil Thomas.

On Saturday it’s a case of deja vu as the two sides meet again in Division 6, this time at Vicarage Road East Budleigh.

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