Poor first half leaves Jays too much to do

PUBLISHED: 17:04 23 December 2008 | UPDATED: 10:13 10 June 2010

IT was a bad day at the office for East Budleigh last Saturday as they failed to recover from conceding two goals in the first ten minutes, writes Mark Auton.

IT was a bad day at the office for East Budleigh last Saturday as they failed to recover from conceding two goals in the first ten minutes, writes Mark Auton.

It was a very sluggish start from the side and they paid a heavy price conceding those early goals to an opposing side who began the day in bottom place in the Division.

Following that poor start, Budleigh gradually found their feet and it was a deflected Darren Stubbings header that gave them hope at the interval.

Budleigh had opportunities to square the match; Shaun Slater headed wide, Luke Kelsall went close and Hugo Demetre was unlucky when his effort struck the inside of the post.

In the last quarter, with Budleigh players committed to attack, the home side sealed the win with a breakaway third.

For Budleigh Demetre produced a good display but the same could not be said of many others.

East Budleigh boss Dave Cockayne was very disappointed with his side's performance at Cullompton Rangers on Saturday afternoon.

Cockayne was furious with what he saw as a comprehensive lack of desire to get the job done in the first half at Speeds Meadow and it was only after a heated half time debate that the real East Budleigh turned up in the second half, but, by then, the damage had been done with the hosts leading 2-0 at the break.

Cockayne said: "I am afraid that a number of the lads were in Christmas mode a little earlier than I would have hoped and that is a shame because, over the course of a season, a side will look back and rue certain days and certain displays and this will be one such case. Yes, we were dramatically better after our half time reading of the riot act but it shouldn't take that. Many of the players let themselves down and I don't like to have to say that."

Next up for the Jays is a swift return meeting with the very same Cullompton Rangers side and that is a good thing for the manager as he explained saying: "Let's face it, given that so many of the boys let themselves down up there, it should not take too much of a team talk to inspire a performance on Saturday. I expect my real team to get out there and do the business, and now we will see what the side is really made of. I expect to see a response and am sure I will."

East Budleigh Reserves deservedly ran out 3-1 winners in their Intermediate Division Two meeting with Langdon.

Budleigh were generally in the ascendency and, when the hard working Tom West found Alex Wright, his centre saw Phil Thomas head just wide.

Midway through the half Spencer West got his head to a Martin Williams corner, the ball looked to have crossed the line before being cleared but the decision went the way of the visitors.

Darren Dawes then went close with a header at the back post before Thomas had a goal disallowed and the flag was again raised to rule out a Thomas 'goal'.

The visitors snatched a lead and went in at half time with that slender advantage.

Budleigh came out with renewed vigour in the second half. Spencer West had a header cleared off the line from another Williams corner and, just as Budleigh thought it was not to be their day, the tide turned.

From a Simon Pearce corner West headed back across goal and Zack Pearce stole in to head the equalizer.

Two minutes later Thomas got his goal heading in from a Dawes centre.

The points were eventually sewn up when Spencer West and Thomas combined for Laurie Ward to apply the finishing touch.

The manager's nomination for Man of the Match went to Matt Jones.

This Saturday Budleigh visit Langdon for the reverse league fixture.

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