East Budleigh sign off league campaign with fine win
PUBLISHED: 07:58 03 May 2019 | UPDATED: 08:30 03 May 2019
East Budleigh completed their Macron League Division Three season with a good all-round performance to beat opponents Tedburn St Mary last Saturday, writes Mark Auton.
With the wind against the home side in the first half Tedburn had the upper hand and took an early lead after just seven minutes. Budleigh also lost Steve Hitchcock to injury replaced by Adam Jones.
The Jays battled hard in tough conditions and goalkeeper Dean Rawlings made a fine stop and Darren Everest cleared off the line.
Towards the break, Dan Atkinson got on the end of a Jacob Rice centre, but had his header somehow disallowed.
With a second half breeze it was a different story and Budleigh were level three minutes. A corner from Liam Mabin was met by Hugo Demetre whose header struck an arm in the visitors defence to give Atkinson a spot kick from which he coolly levelled the scores.
Both Jack Howarth and Tom Chudley entered the fray and it was the pace of the letter that frightened the visiting defence. Howarth went close before Chudley struck with a fine finish when set up by Demetre.
With a narrow lead Everest produced a good block at the other end, whilst Chudley rattled the crossbar before Budleigh had an 88th minute third. Liam West stole in to apply the finishing touch to a Howarth corner.
In the dying seconds Chudley broke again and saw his cross turned into his own net by a Tedburn defender.
It has been a fine season for Budleigh who will look to add a couple of players to their squad and go one better next year.