East Budleigh Reserves see off Bradninch thanks to Howarth brace
PUBLISHED: 08:45 13 November 2014 | UPDATED: 08:45 13 November 2014
East Budleigh Reserves were good value fore a 4-1 success over visiting Bradninch with Jack Howarth scoring a brace, writes Mark Auton.
An early penalty kick converted by Dan Atkinson set Budleigh on their way and it was nearly two, but Steve Davey’s effort was denied only by the upright.
The second eventually arrived midway through the half; Davey fed Atkinson who inturn found Howarth who produced an accomplished finish into the bottom corner of the net.
The away side had the odd moment, but Budleigh keeper Drew Shorrock was protected well by Max Tooby, Matt Jones, Si Pearce and Harry Trick.
Davey was always in the thick of the action alongside Mike White and both were involved as Budleigh went close to a third; Davey’s pile driver rattled the bar and when the ball reached White he set up Aiden Martin who was just wide of the far post.
The second half was only two minutes old when Atkinson set up Howarth, whose slide rule finish was clinical for goal number three.
Bradninch, to their credit, did not lie down and had a better passage of play, but in the 72nd minute it was four; Pearce sprayed a fine pass out to the right where Josh Whiller centred for substitute Aaron Wakley whose first touch created the space for him to finish well.
Just a minute later the only blot on Budleigh’s copybook saw the visitors pull one back, whilst Shorrock also produced an excellent tip over.
In the closing minutes both White and Whiller went close to netting a fifth.
Man of the Match for Budleigh was Whiller who worked hard in both halves from his midfield role.
This Saturday the Reserves are at Railway Club, whilst the First X1 entertain Exwick Villa. Both matches kick-off at 2.15pm.