Writes Mark Auton
Goals a plenty at Vicarage Road last Saturday where Hugo Demetre went nap and both Josh Whiller and Ryan Britton bagged a brace.
Budleigh were in control from the off playing some sparkling one touch football and it was Britton who opened their account after just 3 minutes.
Confidence was high in the Budleigh ranks; Owen Corrick and Demetre both trying their luck before another sweeping move involving Steve Hitchcock and Dan Reynolds saw Britton place his shot marginally wide.
Number two arrived soon after, beginning a run of four goals in eleven minutes; Adam Jones found Britton who inturn found Demetre whose turn and crisp finish found the back of the net.
In the 23rd minute Ross Bright’s swerving long range effort was kept out by the Culm keeper, but that man Demetre was on hand to pick up the pieces.
With the very next attack Budleigh produced another excellent team goal; Demetre, Reynolds and Jones setting up Whiller who lashed a shot past a helpless Culm stopper.
The fifth and final goal of the first half was also picked up by Whiller who finished off a corner from Corrick.
George Harris joined the action for the second half and slotted nicely into the system, but it was Budleigh keeper Mark Bown who was in the action saving well down low to his left.
After a lull in the scoring Budleigh were at it again just after the hour; Jack Hocking who also came on for Budleigh, touched the ball off for Whiller, who produced a superb assist with a fine run and cut back for Britton to smartly find the back of the net before giving high fives to his fans in the crowd.
It was 7-0 with twenty minutes to play; Brad Branton laid the ball on for Hockings whose perfect cross saw Demetre steal a march on the defender to touch the ball in for his hat-trick.
Culm did pull a goal back in the 79th, but normal service was resumed a minute later when Demetre’s right foot shot sneaked in between keeper and post.
A penalty for the away side made it 8-2 and it was left to Demetre to complete the scoring; Whiller laying the ball off for Hockings to centre, Corrick tried to connect and in doing so set up Demetre for his nap hand goal.
Demetre received the Man of the Match award just pipping Whiller who was also exceptional in a great team performance.
Budleigh will look for the same endeavour when they visit Exmouth Amateurs Reserves this Saturday.