EAST BUDLEIGH 3 AXMINSTER TOWN RES 2

In what was an eventful Macron League fixture last Saturday East Budleigh came from two behind at the interval to grab what looked an unlikely victory at the halfway stage.

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The visitors were a very good side and were at it from the off forcing Budleigh keeper Mark Bown to get a good hand to an effort down low to his right with the very first attack.

In blistering start Axminster then put a good chance wide of the upright and forced Bown into another save before taking the lead.

By the midway point of the half Budleigh had steadied the ship; Their best efforts were coming from set pieces; A Liam Mabin corner was somehow scrambled away as both Hugo Demetre and Matt Jones tried to force the ball home and George Harris saw his free-kick tipped away for a corner.

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Things got worse for Budleigh when the away side scored a second too easily before Steve Hitchcock left the field injured replaced by Jack Morgan.

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The second half began better for Budleigh with Dan Reynolds and Demetre working hard in Budleigh’s engine room; Demetre went close from a Jack England free-kick, whilst the hard working Leigh Rice should have been awarded a penalty after being fouled in the opposition box.

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Axminster continued to play their football, but Budleigh pulled one back on 68 minutes when Matt Jones took a advantage of slack defending to lash the ball into the net.

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Josh Whiller was also forced off with a slight hamstring strain replaced by Ben Wilks and it was 2-2 minutes later; A long kick from Bown was latched onto by Demetre whose trusty left peg didn’t need asking twice to level things up.

Seven minutes from time in a carbon copy of the second goal Bown again cleared, the Axminster defence did not deal with it and Demetre produced a clever lob over the keeper with Rice making sure it crossed the line.

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In the closing exchanges England, Adam Jones, Morgan and Mabin all did their best to ensure the win was secure.

In what was an excellent comeback Rice was just shaded for the Man of the Match award by Demetre.

On Saturday Budleigh are on their travels to unbeaten Bampton and will need 100% committment for 90 minutes.

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