East Budleigh Reserves beaten at home

PUBLISHED: 17:22 14 February 2018

Football flag. Ref exsp 7259-33-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

Football flag. Ref exsp 7259-33-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn


East Budleigh Reserves staged one of the 20 odd Macron League games to survive another soggy Saturday, but they went down 4-1 in their home meeting with Division Eight table-toppers Okehampton Argyle, writes Mark Auton.

An early strike for the away side set the tone for the first half as Budleigh struggled to create chances with their passing and final ball letting them down, and a second goal before the break put Okehampton in the driving seat.

The second period saw Budleigh improve and, two minutes after the restart, Liam West picked out Jack Howarth, who was starting for the first time since his return to the club after injury; he cut back onto his left foot and curled a stylish finish past the visiting keeper.

With the bit between their teeth, East Budleigh pressed again and Ben Wilks produced a peach of a cross for Howarth, who saw his header go agonisingly the wrong side of the post.

A third on the break for the away side restored the three-goal cushion as Budleigh saw West, Corbin Couch and George Harris all have opportunities, and a late fourth completed the scoring.

For Budleigh, the return of Howarth was a big plus and Gareth Morrey did well.

This Saturday (February 17) both East Budleigh teams will hope to play. The second team make the short trip to neighbours Otterton Reserves, while the first team will be looking to the pitch for the first time in 2018 when they entertain Exeter University. Both matches have 3pm kick-offs.

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