Late flurry of goals sees East Budleigh Reserves to home win

PUBLISHED: 15:41 24 April 2018 | UPDATED: 15:41 24 April 2018

On what was a crazy afternoon, East Budleigh Reserves scored four times in the final 20 minutes to defeat visiting Cheriton Fitzpaine Reserves 6-2, writes Mark Auton.

The main talking point came in the first half when the visiting linesman and Cheriton’s only substitute kicked the ball against the head of Ben Wilks whilst he was down!

The referee produced a red card and ordered him to leave the pitch. Having nobody else with them they refused to remove a player from the pitch and with a referee who did not know what to do, Cheriton played the rest of the game without a linesman!

At this stage the visitors were ahead 2-1. Both Julian Green and Kai Guise had hit the post for Budleigh and it was the former who scored with his head from a Ross Bright corner for Budleigh’s goal.

The second half saw the Jays get on top. Green fired over when set up by Gareth Morrey, before Bright produced an exquisite chip to level the scores.

Budleigh then passed up an opportunity to take the lead, missing a penalty, but soon after did go ahead; Wilks and Bright were both involved as Morrey kept his composure to score.

The floodgates then opened; Joe Walker came off the bench to sweetly strike a free-kick over the wall and into the net to make it four.

Goal number five came courtesy of Tom Christian, who curled an excellent finish into the top corner, before Bright added his second with another fine finish.

The Man of the Match award went to Morrey, who recovered superbly from an early error, whilst Wilks and Bright also did well.

On Saturday (April 28), Budleigh entertain Amory Green Rovers at Vicarage Road, before visiting Honiton the following Wednesday (May 2).

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