Jays pay the price for poor first half display against Bow

PUBLISHED: 09:00 25 February 2010 | UPDATED: 12:51 10 June 2010

A POOR first half display set the tone for a disappointing afternoon for East Budleigh as they slipped to a 2-0 home defeat at the hands of Bow, writes Mark Auton.

A POOR first half display set the tone for a disappointing afternoon for East Budleigh as they slipped to a 2-0 home defeat at the hands of Bow, writes Mark Auton.

The visitors started brightly and it needed a fine save from home custodian Rob Dance to save his side from going behind in the opening exchanges but there was little he could do when forced to pick the ball out of the net in the fifth minute.

The Jays were clearly finding taking a foothold in the game difficult, and their cohesion was not helped by an apparent inability to defend as a team with the overworked back three of Phil Page, Richard Thompson and Matt Jones having to work tirelessly with the midfield area being surrendered to.

It was, therefore, no surprise when, five minutes before the break, the lead was doubled.

As if to underline the ineptness of the home side's first half showing, the 44th minute volley from Dan Reynolds, this after a neat knock-down from Hugo Demetre, was the only threat to the visitors' goal in the game!

Tem minutes into the second half the visitors were awarded a hotly disputed spot kick but justice was served when Dance dived to his left to make a smart save.

The second half performance from the Jays was a great improvement on that of the first 45 minutes and they certainly had the greater share of the ball, but chances were few and far between.

In a couple of bright moments, Lee Irvine was denied by a good block and, when Adam Jones lifted the ball through for Spencer West, his effort was tipped over.

This Saturday East Budleigh visit Beacon Knights and will ask for 100% commitment from every player.

l East Budleigh Reserves took on a Honiton Reserve side fielding three first team players and did well despite being defeated by the odd goal in three.

Tom Marker put Budleigh in front to continue his rich vein of form, but the home side scored twice to grab all three points for victory.

Along with Marker, Zack Pearce and Pete the Pole worked hard at the back, whilst Josh Scillitoe and Neil Kearsley did likewise in the centre of the park.

This Saturday the side will know that they are playing a Reserve outfit when they also take on a Beacon Knights side at Vicarage Road.

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