Hangover performance dents Jays hopes

PUBLISHED: 12:34 04 January 2011

East Budleigh first team line up. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref exsp 2794-40-10SH

East Budleigh first team line up. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref exsp 2794-40-10SH

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EAST Budleigh made a disappointing start to 2011 when they served up a real hangover performance in their Bank Holiday fixture against Bow, writes Mark Auton.

EAST Budleigh made a disappointing start to 2011 when they served up a real hangover performance in their Bank Holiday fixture against Bow, writes Mark Auton.

The visitors worked hard for each other and were more committed than Budleigh who never got out of first gear.

But the opening minutes looked promising for Budleigh; An early Simon Tuley centre won a corner and from Dave Evans’ kick Tuley rose to glance his header over the bar.

Another good exchange between Hugo Demetre and Mickey Cope saw the latter fire just wide. Minutes later Tim Whiteoak showed great technique and was only denied by the inside of the post from 20 yards.

Bow began to find their feet and were having their share of possession without hurting Budleigh; Keeper Rob Dance handling what was thrown at him well.

on the half hour Cope’s half volley forced the visiting stopper to save well as the ball bounced nastily in front of him, before Dance came to Budleigh’s rescue saving well with his legs as the teams went in to the break.

The half-time team talk would have read ‘Can do better’.

After the re-start both sides were finding it difficult to create clear chances and the stalemate looked the most likely outcome until the ball dropped in the Budleigh area and Bow capitalised to take a 72nd minute lead.

Budleigh introduced Mark Wagstaffe to liven up proceedings and he almost produced the perfect pass for Richard Thompson, but the danger was thwarted, whilst Tuley came closest as his first time finish went agonisingly the wrong side of the upright.

Three minutes from time the away side sealed the victory when a visiting attacker picked up a Dance clearance and superbly lifted it straight back over him and into the roof of the net.

Phil Page and Whiteoak worked hard for a Budleigh side who will need one hundred percent commitment from everyone on Saturday when they visit Sidbury if they are to keep up the momentum at the top of this league.

East Budleigh Reserves were denied a game at Culm due to a burst pipe; They will hope to return to action when they play host to UAU Exeter at Vicarage Road also on Saturday (kick-off 2.15pm).

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