Jays held by basement dwellers Honiton Town

PUBLISHED: 13:18 20 January 2011

East Budleigh (blue shirts) hosted Honiton on Saturday afternoon. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref exsp 0352-03-11SH.

East Budleigh (blue shirts) hosted Honiton on Saturday afternoon. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref exsp 0352-03-11SH.

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East Budleigh let two points slip when they were surprisingly held 0-0 at home by Division One basement dwellers Honiton Town.

EAST Budleigh were surprisingly held to a 0-0 draw by Honiton Town, writes Mark Auton.

Despite not being able to field their strongest side, the Jays really ought to have enough to have been able to notch up a victory against the Division One basement dwellers.

It was a frustrating afternoon and, in blustery conditions, Budleigh lacked cohesion and tempo.

The visitors defended stubbornly but rarely threatened and were happy to register their third league point of the season.

It wasn’t until around the half hour that Budleigh looked like scoring; Josh Sale swung in a corner which saw Dave Cockayne’s header deflected away for another and when the next one came in the ball was cleared off the line.

The best chance of the half fell to Simon Tuley who failed to beat the keeper two minutes from the break when set up by Sale.

After the half-time wake up call Budleigh began with more purpose.

In the 57th minute Martin Marriott won a corner and from Sale’s kick Tuley challenged and when Paul Carnell rose he nodded over the bar.

Minutes later Tuley flicked on a Richard Thompson kick only for Cockayne to be denied at point blank range by the Honiton stopper.

Budleigh continued to knock, but failed to break it down and had to settle for a point.

This Saturday Budleigh host Exeter Civil Service in the area semi-final of the Senior Cup (kick-off 2.pm).

They will need a much improved performance if they are to progress further.

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