Hocking at the double as East Budleigh make cup progress

PUBLISHED: 11:49 23 October 2019

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East Budleigh Reserves booked their place in the next round of the Devon Intermediate Cup with a fine 4-1 win against North Devon League side Woolacombe & Mortehoe, writes Mark Auton.

There were mixed feelings as Budleigh took an early fourth minute lead! That's because, after playing a neat exchange with Jack Hocking, Morgan Pearce scored, but also had to leave the field injured, and was replaced by Daz Cardwell.

Lee Mitchell then went close from a quickly taken Josh Sale free-kick before he added Budleigh's second just before the half hour; Kai Guise claimed the assist with an excellent centre and at the back post Mitchell controlled his volley perfectly to score. The visitors were then unlucky not to pull a goal back, striking the Budleigh bar, whilst keeper Mark Bown had to be at his best to keep them at bay.

Ten minutes after the re-start Guise was at it again, finding Hocking, who headed the first of his double and Gav Russell also hit the upright. An own goal gave the visitors a consolation before Budleigh got their fourth; Jamie Cardwell and Mitchell were involved in setting up Hocking, who found the bottom corner in his accomplished fashion.

Wayne Gooding was denied a fifth with the last kick of the contest when found by Si Pearce.

The East Budleigh Man of the Match award went to Jamie Cardwell.

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