Writes Mark Auton
East Budleligh warmed for the new football season with a friendly fixture against near neighbours Woodbury who are now managed by former East Budleigh manager Spencer West; A late goal from former Budleigh player Dave Radford denied Budleigh a share of the spoils their first half display warranted.
The visitors also fielded a number of former Budleigh players, but it was the Jays that had the better of the first period.
Hugo Demetre looked most likely for Budleigh and after earlier rattling the Woods crossbar rose nicely to head in a Liam Mabin corner.
Ryan Britton and Ben Wilks brought a double save out of the Woods keeper as Budlegh went close to a second.
Demetre was working hard alongwith captain Dan Reynolds, whilst Mabin was producing a decent foil on the left hand side.
The second half saw the away side change things around and a deflected effort looped off a Budleigh head and into the far corner over keeper Mark Bown.
Woodbury also hit the upright and Bown blocked well, whilst Wilks was suprised to find himself with just keeper to beat, but probably chose the wrong option.
Budleigh can take heart from this with some players still to return and begin their campaign by hosting Honiton at Vicarage Road on Saturday, whilst the Reserves are at home to Feniton on Bank Holiday Monday. (Both 3pm).