Jays go nap

PUBLISHED: 14:46 20 February 2009 | UPDATED: 10:31 10 June 2010

EAST Budleigh dished up a performance to forget as they gifted their opponents three of the four goals that Culm United scored whilst not having any luck at the other end of the pitch, writes Mark Auton.

EAST Budleigh dished up a performance to forget as they gifted their opponents three of the four goals that Culm United scored whilst not having any luck at the other end of the pitch, writes Mark Auton.The die for the contest was cast as early as the 5th minute when the Mid Devon side scored their opening goal. Shortly after this set-back Sam Bird's intelligent flick was met by a sweet volley from Luke Kelsall that the Culm keeper did well to tip over his crossbar.The most potent threat for the Jays came from the set plays of Dave Radford and from one player boss Dave Cockayne who saw his goal- bound header blocked on the line. With the Jays struggling to find any sort of fluency to their game, the visiting side were allowed to look good and, when a second offering was presented to them, they took it to lead 2-0.The second half began better for the hosts. Kelsall touched on a nice ball from Richard Thompson for Matt Chown, who was unable to keep his shot down, and then Shaun Coulam saw his header from Radford's corner strike the foot of the post. A third goal shortly followed for the visitors before Radford stung the fingertips of the Culm keeper, but Budleigh's misery was compounded with the conceding of a poor fourth goal.Gloom for the Jays 1st team but the opposite for the Reserve team who went nap at Axminster Town with a superb all round show. Lee Irvine got Budleigh off to the perfect start with the first of his brace, whilst Darren Stubbings and an own goal gave Budleigh a three goal interval lead.The Budleigh midfield were first to everything with Chris Hooker having a fine game, Stubbings did well, whilst Matt Jones remained solid in a fine defensive display. Goal number four came courtesy of Simon Pearce who unleashed another contender for goal of the season with a 35 yard lob with the outside of the right foot. Irvine went on to add his second and complete Budleigh's nap hand on a very satisfactory afternoon. The man of the match award went to Martin Williams for a superb performance, closely followed by Tom Marker who gave his all for the cause. Next up for the side is a home meeting with Clyst Valley on Saturday (3pm).

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