East Budleigh win well at Exeter University
PUBLISHED: 18:42 23 February 2018 | UPDATED: 18:42 23 February 2018
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East Budleigh returned to action last Saturday with a superb all-round display to beat the students of Exeter University 2-0, writes Mark Auton.
Goals from the Liams - Mabin and West - gave Budleigh a deserved three points.
An early goal line clearance from player manager Matt Jones gave Budleigh the impetus and a fine move involving Ross Bright, West, Dan Atkinson and Jacob Rice ended with the latter being denied by a good stop.
The midfield of Mabin, West and Hugo Demetre were now controlling the game, whilst wingers George Harris and Rice were working hard in both halves.
Budleigh keeper Dean Rawlings made an excellent one-on-one save on the half hour, before both Harris and Atkinson went close, but the deadlock was broken moments before the break.
Atkinson saw his shot blocked and when the rebound arrived back at his feet he squared for Mabin, who scored the goal that his determination deserved.
The away side started the second half on the front foot, but Jones and his defence of Jack England, Dan Reynolds and Bright stood firm.
At the other end Demetre and Rice combined to set up Atkinson, who was again denied by a fine challenge and Harris stung the fingertips of the visiting keeper from a well-struck free-kick.
The clincher arrived on 76 minutes; Jack Howarth won Budleigh a corner, Mabin produced a well-taken kick and it was West who timed his run to perfection to head home.
Man of the Match went to Jones, just shading Mabin, Demetre and Rice.
This Saturday (February 24) Budleigh take on leaders Woodbury in what should be a competitive and entertaining game.
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