Jays in cup exit

PUBLISHED: 09:48 31 October 2008 | UPDATED: 09:55 10 June 2010

EAST BUDLEIGH made an unceremonious exit from the East Devon Senior Cup last Saturday beaten 1-0 at home by Culm United, writes Mark Auton. It was very much a case of 'a failure in the final third' that led to their downfall

EAST BUDLEIGH made an unceremonious exit from the East Devon Senior Cup last Saturday beaten 1-0 at home by Culm United, writes Mark Auton.It was very much a case of 'a failure in the final third' that led to their downfall and they were made to pay for not taking their chances when the visitors claimed the game with a 55th minute header. The Mid Devon side started brightly and Budleigh centre half Phil Page produced a fine tackle and block, whilst keeper Rob Dance dived low to his right to make a fine fingertip save, as the visitors pressed.The Jays gradually steadied the ship and, when a fine through ball from Richard Thompson won Budleigh a corner, Dave Radford volleyed marginally over from Lee Irvine's flick. Kelsall then headed wide from Matt Chown's deep centre before Dance was again called into action to make an excellent parry as the visitors again threatened.After the break, and once the visitors had gone ahead, it was the home side who enjoyed the lions share of possession but, more often than not, the final pass was lacking. A Darren Stubbings shot was helped on by Hugo Demetre, but comfortably saved, and the closest they came was from a bicycle kick from Kelsall that was smartly tipped over by the Culm keeper.Having been put out of both major cup competitions this term it's back to league action for the Jays with a visit to Tiverton side Westexe (2.15pm), this weekend.If it was despair for the first team it was glory for the Jay's Reserves as they made Geary Cup progress with a comfortable 5-1 success over Tipton St John. The match, as a contest, was all over well before the half way mark as the Jays plundered all five of their goals in the opening quarter of an hour. Phil Thomas, once again, helped himself to a double, Frank Howarth netted with a wonderfully struck 30 yard free-kick, Neil Kearsley scored his first for the club with a sweetly struck 20 yarder and Tom Marker completed the nap hand. The home side scored their consolation before the break. A mention should be made for Marker who did very well and bagged a goal in the process on his first full appearance for the club. The side will look to continue their excellent goalscoring run when hosting Bow in Intermediate Division 2 on Saturday (2.15pm).

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