Sale shines as East Budleigh stay in the promotion picture

PUBLISHED: 14:08 24 April 2009 | UPDATED: 10:50 10 June 2010

EAST Budleigh Reserves kept up the pressure on the leaders with this fine performance to beat Rockbeare 3-1, writes Mark Auton.

EAST Budleigh Reserves kept up the pressure on the leaders with this fine performance to beat Rockbeare 3-1, writes Mark Auton.

The teams shared an even first half before Budleigh applied a greater increase in tempo and dominated the second half to thoroughly deserve the victory.

But things did not start according to the script as the visitors took a 5th minute lead when a ball into the Budleigh box found its way into the net, but as to who got the last touch, remains open to debate!

The early shackles were soon lifted when Martin Williams levelled in typical fashion four minutes later.

In an entertaining game both sides were making chances.

Home keeper Rob Dance made an excellent block, whilst, at the other end, Tom West set up Josh Sale who saw a scissors kick go inches wide and a half volley from Colin Jeans was only marginally off target.

Straight from the re-start, Budleigh took charge and, with Richard Thompson in commanding form at the back and Josh Sale pulling the strings in the midfield alongside Williams and West opportunities were created almost at will.

West beat the Rockbeare keeper before lifting his effort agonisingly the wrong side of the post and Phil Thomas struck his shot into the keepers' arms before Budleigh deservedly went in front on 70 minutes.

Sale was the hero as he hit a powerful right foot shot that screamed into the net. It was a goal fitting of a player who shone all game.

With five minutes to play the points were wrapped up when West won a corner, Sale sent over the kick and Thomas hammered the ball into the roof of the net.

The Budleigh bandwagon moves on to Priory this Saturday, whilst the First team travel to University anxious to put an end to any lingering fears as to their continued stay in Senior One.

With just two games to play their current tally of 27 points may not be enough with teams below them having games in hand.

But a couple of draws or a single win should be enough and they will hope to secure that this weekend.

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