Jays pay for lapse at back

PUBLISHED: 15:51 23 October 2008 | UPDATED: 09:52 10 June 2010

EAST BUDLEIGH had to settle for a share of the spoils from their Senior One meeting with winless Broadclyst, writes Mark Auton. The visitors enjoyed the greater share of first-half possession and hit both crossbar and upright but they did not have a mono

EAST BUDLEIGH had to settle for a share of the spoils from their Senior One meeting with winless Broadclyst, writes Mark Auton. The visitors enjoyed the greater share of first-half possession and hit both crossbar and upright but they did not have a monopoly on the chances.The Jays very nearly took the lead when a neat interchange between Hugo Demetre and Lee Irvine left Spencer West with a chance. But the striker was unable to find a finish to match the approach play.The home side were hit by injuries to both Neil Skinner and West which saw both Martin Williams and Laurie Ward called from the bench.The hard-working Demetre then set up Dave Cockayne, who saw his fierce drive fly over the bar.The Jays eventually scored in the 76th minute. Demetre again provided a superb delivery, Ward took the ball on his chest and fired a great shot to continue his fine form for the club. Almost immediately the visitors restored parity when they seized on a moment of indecision in the Jays' defence and the game ended 1-1. The biggest plus for Jays' boss Dave Cockayne to take from the contest was another couple of excellent performances from Demetre and Ward, who are both showing rapid improvement as each game goes by.This Saturday Budleigh host Culm Utd in the East Devon Senior Cup.The Reserves put five goals past Hatherleigh with a superb all-round display. Zack Pearce gave Budleigh the perfect start and when Simon Pearce dispatched his fourth penalty of the season the Jays were well on their way.Man of the Match Darren Stubbings made it three before the break, cutting in from the left before sweetly curling a right-foot shot into the net. It was the Phil Thomas show after the break as he hit a second-half brace to complete the scoring - these the in-form hit man's sixth and seventh goal of the season. Along with Stubbings, Frank Howarth, Pearce and Thomas all did well, whilst Tom West had a good game in his first full appearance. The side will look for more of the same when they visit Tipton this Saturday in the Geary Cup (2pm).

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