Maddison stars as Ammies lose derby game with Budleigh

PUBLISHED: 09:01 24 December 2009 | UPDATED: 12:30 10 June 2010

EXMOUTH Amateurs began the weekend on top of the Devon and Exeter League Premier Division, writes Ross England.

EXMOUTH Amateurs began the weekend on top of the Devon and Exeter League Premier Division, writes Ross England.

The reason behind the Ammies taking over at the top was a midweek League Management meeting that deemed a game that had been abandoned involving the leaders - Heavitree Social United - needed to be played again to complete a full 90 minutes.

The Exeter side had the three points removed from their tally and the Ammies took over in pole position!

On Saturday, the Ammies made the short trip to Greenway Lane to meet a Budleigh Salterton Reserves side sitting mid table, but knowing that the hosts would be a difficult team to overcome.

The match referee took a long hard look at the surface before allowing the game to start and the slippery surface certainly hindered the passing style that the Ammies like to play.

Indeed, the conditions favoured the more direct approach adopted by the hosts and what was clear was that this was to be one of those contests that would be determined by a single goal.

That one score duly arrived midway through the first half when a free kick was lofted into the Ammies box and Leigh Begam scored with a header at the back post. The hosts were close on two occasions to adding further goals in the first half but were denied each time by wonderful saves from Ammies keeper Ben Maddison.

Despite enjoying the lion's share of the ball after the break Ammies could not find an equalising goal and slipped to a 1-0 defeat.

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