Ten man Jays miss out

PUBLISHED: 13:33 21 November 2008 | UPDATED: 10:03 10 June 2010

EAST BUDLEIGH dished up a lack- lustre performance at home to Alphington as they sought to consolidate their top three berth in the Senior Divison One

EAST BUDLEIGH dished up a lack- lustre performance at home to Alphington as they sought to consolidate their top three berth in the Senior Divison One, and they paid the ultimate price for a below par effort as the visitors returned to Exeter with all three points courtesy of a single goal win, writes Mark Auton.

The visitors were quickest out of the traps and Jays' Rob Dance was fast off his line to thwart an early attack and then Richard Thompson produced a timely headed clearance to deny another early raid. However the Alphas did make their early pressure pay with a 20th minute goal that was to be the only score of the afternoon.

There was a rare moment of quality for the Jays in that first period when Neil Skinner saw his shot come back into play off an upright.

The hosts improved marginally after the re-start with Laurie Ward's delightful piece of skill allowing him what was to be the side's best opening of the game, but he seemed to rush his effort and ended up missing the target.

Service to the front men was lacking in quality although Ward had another effort comfortably saved whilst Luke Kelsall almost got his head to a Dave Radford centre.

It got even tougher for Budleigh with the dismissal of Skinner who reacted to what appeared to be a dreadful two footed 'lunge' on him. Unfortunately Skinner saw red and yet the perpetrator did not even receive a ticking off from the match official.

In what was a disappointing contest for the home side, Thompson and Phil Page were probably the 'pick of the bunch' and the side will need to put this performance and result out of their minds when they entertain Bow at Vicarage Road on Saturday (2.15pm).

The Reserve side was thwarted by the weather as their fixture at Axminster Town fell foul of the elements.

The second string travel to Mid Devon to meet Newton St Cyres this Saturday in the Geary Cup (2pm).

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