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PUBLISHED: 12:43 03 April 2008 | UPDATED: 08:57 10 June 2010

P7270-14-08SH Despite the conditions the game between Est Budleigh & Seaton (Axe Cliff on shirts) went ahead at EB on Satureday.
Picture by Simon Horn.

P7270-14-08SH Despite the conditions the game between Est Budleigh & Seaton (Axe Cliff on shirts) went ahead at EB on Satureday. Picture by Simon Horn.

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East Budleigh 1, Seaton Town 1 D&E Senior One In a difficult swirling wind, and driving rain, these two sides fought out a fine competitive game of football with what turned out to be a fair result.

East Budleigh 1, Seaton Town 1D&E Senior OneIn a difficult swirling wind, and driving rain, these two sides fought out a fine competitive game of football with what turned out to be a fair result.Budleigh had the wind in their favour in the first half as both sides gradually adapted to the conditions.Home keeper Nathan Hadley made the first save with a fine parry, before Budleigh grabbed the initiative.In the 17th minute Martin Williams saw his shot turned away as far as Richard Thompson, whose follow up effort won a corner; Luke Kelsall took it short to Dave Cockayne, who forced a foul from the visitors as he was about to centre.Kelsall curled the free-kick towards the near post, where the Seaton keeper's fingertips were unable to prevent the opening goal.Kelsall and Cockayne continued to work hard in Budleigh's engine room, whilst Phil Page, Phil Thomas and Piotr Cholewinski held firm at the back.The visitors began the second half in determined fashion. Hadley was forced to save well low to his left before the equaliser arrived in the 54th minute. Hadley did well to save the first shot, but was unable to stop the rebound that was lashed past him.Budleigh weren't without their share of the play. Kelsall and Cockayne went close whilst a teasing cross from Colin Jeans was crying out for a finishing touch.At the other end Page put in an excellent block, whilst keeper Hadley made a superb double save to prevent the visitors snatching a winner.It was no surprise that Man of the Match went to Hadley.FOR the third weekend in a row Exmouth Town's fixture was adversely affected by the weather with the match at Newton Abbot postponed an hour before kick-off. Town still have seven games to play this season with the first this Saturday against Ottery St Mary at Southern Road (2.45pm). The following Tuesday (April 8), Town entertain Western League Elmore in the semi-finals of the Axminster Hospital Cup (7.30pm).BUDLEIGH Salterton went all the way to Liverton near Ashburton for a Peninsula League game, only for it to be called off when they got there. The Robins will hope for better luck at Okehampton this Saturday.The Reserves, who had no game last Saturday, are at home to Elmore.

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