Radfords reigns for East Budleigh

PUBLISHED: 16:00 13 February 2009 | UPDATED: 10:29 10 June 2010

EAST Budleigh produced an excellent all round display to pick up all three points and seal a Senior One double over Elmore to cement their place amongst the sides chasing promotion to the top flight, writes Mark Auton.

EAST Budleigh produced an excellent all round display to pick up all three points and seal a Senior One double over Elmore to cement their place amongst the sides chasing promotion to the top flight, writes Mark Auton.The Mid Devon side settled into the contest the better and should have gone ahead on 10 minutes. The fact that they didn't was down to determined defending which resulted in the ball being cleared for a corner and, when the set piece was delivered a combination of Jays' goalkeeper Rob Dance and Matt Chown denied the ball crossing the home line. After that initial scare the home side began to take charge and in the 18th minute forced a corner. Dead ball specialist Dave Radford swung it into the danger area and Tim Whiteoak rose above everybody in a crowded box to head the hosts into the lead.With Whiteoak giving composure to the midfield and Sean Coulam providing a mixture of tenacity and energy, the Jays' were now the dominant force.Twice, within the space of five minutes, the home side almost doubled their lead. Radford was the common denominator, first rattling the crossbar with a free kick and then his accurate corner was headed just over by Steve Hitchcock. At the other end Phil Page was marshalling his defence well with a commanding performance alongside Richard Thompson, Hitchcock and Radford. Five minutes from half-time it was Chown's turn to crash the ball against the bar after Hugo Demetre and Sam Bird had linked up well. Six minutes into the second half the inevitable happened and Elmore inflicted the only blemish on the Budleigh defence to equalise. Both sides continued to give their all in a hard fought encounter and Budleigh got the reward their industry deserved with a winner ten minutes from time.Once again Radford was the play maker and he delivered another delightful corner that Luke Kelsall met with a thumping header to seal a handsome 2-1 victory for the Jays'.The visitors did craft one more late chance and were denied an equaliser by another smart save from Dance.This Saturday Dave Cockayne's side play host to Culm Utd, whilst the Jays' second team travel to Axminster Town for an Intermediate Two game, both matches with 3pm kick-offs.

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