East Budleigh sit at top of league

PUBLISHED: 10:14 10 October 2008 | UPDATED: 09:46 10 June 2010

EAST BUDLEIGH are sitting proudly on top of the Senior One table after coming from behind to register a superb 4-1 win at Culm United, writes Mark Auton. Lee Irvine and Hugo Demetre scored a brace each to take the goal scoring honours but this was much mo

EAST BUDLEIGH are sitting proudly on top of the Senior One table after coming from behind to register a superb 4-1 win at Culm United, writes Mark Auton.Lee Irvine and Hugo Demetre scored a brace each to take the goal scoring honours but this was much more than a 'two man show' for the whole team played their part. After the Mid Devon side took the lead the Jays found a new gear and by half time had a firm grip on the game, going in 3-1 to the good.The second half saw much of the same from Budleigh and man of the match Irvine completed the scoring.In the centre of midfield, Jamie Drummond and Sean Slater did well, whilst Spencer West and Richard Thompson were their usual steady selves. Tom West, Matt Chown and Colin Jeans all made second half appearances on what was a superb afternoon for the Jay's. On Saturday they host University Reserves in a League game.Meanwhile the Reserves were also performing with distinction in a home game against Oak FC who were despatched with a 3-1 defeat. Phil Thomas headed marginally over after a precise 10th minute cross from a Frank Howarth set piece and then midway through the first period Martin Williams rattled the bar but then contrived to miss the rebound. However the opening goal always seemed to be 'on its way' and it duly arrived in the 27th minute when Zack Pearce headed home a Darren Stubbings corner. Budleigh keeper Marc Bown had a relatively quiet half with Howarth and Matt Jones mopping up in front of him, but there was still time for Pete 'The Pole' to also rattle the woodwork. Two minutes into the second half Oak levelled before Budleigh regained control with some good posession football. In the 74th minute Howarth' s free-kick found Thomas who neatly set up Laurie Ward to put Budleigh back ahead. Four minutes from time, a fine ball from Stubbings was picked up by Ward, who exchanged passes with Thomas before striking the angle of post and bar and, this time, Thomas was on hand to touch in the rebound and make his frustrating afternoon feel a whole lot better! Pete 'The Pole' was voted man of the match, closely followed by Williams and Stubbings who both did well. On Saturday the side travel to Clyst Valley in the Intermediate Cup (kick- off 2pm).

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