Jays share the spoils

PUBLISHED: 15:22 26 February 2009 | UPDATED: 10:33 10 June 2010

EAST Budleigh made the long journey to Halwill for their league fixture and came away with a deserved share of the spoils in a 1-1 draw, writes Mark Auton. On a difficult heavy surface Budleigh struck first through Matt Chown, but the home side levelled

EAST Budleigh made the long journey to Halwill for their league fixture and came away with a deserved share of the spoils in a 1-1 draw, writes Mark Auton.On a difficult heavy surface Budleigh struck first through Matt Chown, but the home side levelled minutes before the break. Budleigh had their chances after the re-start and were unlucky not to come away with victory. A positive note to take from the game was the youthfulness of the side.Sam Bird worked hard in attack, whilst Zack Pearce produced a good defensive display.New signing Josh Sale settled in on his debut and Tom West contributed well when coming off the bench. The Jays' senior side entertain high flying Willand Rovers Reserves on Saturday (3pm) and then visit Sidmouth in the Seaton Cup on Sunday (12.00).Meanwhile the Jays' were involved in a most rare 0-0 score line when they hosted Clyst Valley 3rds.The home side were the dominant force from start to finish but a combination of some dogged defending by the visitors' and some final third failings from the home side saw the game end without a goal.Martin Williams got up and down the pitch all afternoon, making important interceptions at one end and quickly being involved in the thick of the action at the other end of the pitch.Matt Jones had made a good start to the game and went close to scoring, but then picked up a knee injury and was replaced by Kevin Hawthorne. Budleigh continued to attack with Colin Jeans and Darren Stubbings trying their luck but failing to hit the target. The better of the second half chances saw Jeans volley over from a fine Lee Irvine centre whilst Phil Thomas headed over from close range. The introduction of Tom Marker gave Budleigh a different option. He won the ball back for his side and found Irvine who centred for Chris Hooker, but his shot was straight at the Valley keeper. Budleigh will look to return to winning ways when they visit the Rockbeare Rockets on Saturday (3pm).

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