Morrey stars as East Budleigh Reserves net five against Millwey Rise

PUBLISHED: 12:33 15 March 2018

East Budleigh 2nds at home to Culm Utd 2nds. Ref exsp 03-18TI 6357. Picture: Terry Ife

East Budleigh 2nds at home to Culm Utd 2nds. Ref exsp 03-18TI 6357. Picture: Terry Ife


East Budleigh Reserves were 5-0 winners when they entertained Millwey Rise Reserves in one of only six matches across the Macron Devon and Exeter League to beat yet another soggy Saturday this football season, writes Mark Auton.

All the goals came after the break, with East Budleigh - after a lacklustre first half - producing an emphatic display. A brace apiece for Jack Howarth and Dan Atkinson and a solitary goal for Steve Hitchcock completed the win and sees East Budleigh to a ninth win of the Macron League season.

It was Budleigh who started well. Keiran Tullett saw his effort blocked from a Jack Howarth cross and, when Jack Morgan met Howarth’s corner, his header also had the same outcome.

Midway through the half, the away side sprung into life catching out the Budleigh defence on a couple of occasions.

The post came to Budleigh’s rescue, as did keeper Drew Shorrock, who made a couple of important stops.

Back at the other end, Howarth saw his ball into the box, hit a post and Liam West was denied by the Millwey stopper.

Two minutes into the second half Lewis Fletcher cut the ball back for West, who jinked his way into the area before being brought down; Howarth stepped up to drill the penalty into the roof of the net.

Eleven minutes later it was 2-0 as Ben Wilks and Dan Atkinson combined to set up Howarth, whose shot was saved before Atkinson followed up to score.

The third goal, on 65 minutes, deflated the visitors. Tom Christian came off the bench and delivered the perfect corner for Atkinson to score his 17th reserve team goal of the season.

Nine minutes later, West fed Christian, who centred to the back post to claim another assist, where another substitute Steve Hitchcock headed home.

The fifth was nudged home by Howarth, who reacted to score after Hitchcock’s header from a West crossed was only parried.

The Man of the Match award went to Gareth Morrey for another steady display.

This Saturday (March 17), Budleigh visit Honiton whilst the first team entertain Halwill at Vicarage Road. On Sunday, there is another game for the second team as they entertain Awliscombe in a Golesworthy Cup tie.

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