DIV 8 – East Budeligh Res 5 Millwey Rise Res 0
This fixture was one of only six league games to be played in the Macron Devon & Exeter League and after a lack lustre first half East Budleigh went nap in the second period.
A brace apiece for Jack Howarth and Dan Atkinson and a solitary goal for Steve Hitchcock completed the win.
It was Budleigh who started well; Keiran Tullett saw his effort blocked from a Jack Howarth cross and when Jack Morgan met Howarth’s corner his header also had the same outcome.
Midway through the half the away side sprung into life catching out the Budleigh defence on a couple of occasions; The post came to Budleigh’s rescue, as did keeper Drew Shorrock who made a couple of important stops.
Back at the other end Howarth saw his ball into the box hit a post and Liam West was denied by the Millwey stopper.
Two minutes into the second half Lewis Fletcher cut the ball back for West who jinked his way into the area before being brought down; Howarth stepped up to drill the penalty into the roof of the net.
Eleven minutes later it was 2-0, Ben Wilks and Dan Atkinson combined to set up Howarth whose shot was saved before Atkinson followed up to score.
The third goal on 65 minutes deflated the visitors; Tom Christian came off the bench and delivered the perfect corner for Atkinson to score his 17th Reserve team goal of the season.
Nine minutes later West fed Christian who centred to the back post to claim another assist, where another substitute Steve Hitchcock headed home.
The fifth was nudged home by Howarth who reacted to score after Hitchcocks header from a West crossed was only parried.
Man of the Match went to Gareth Morrey for another steady display.
This Saturday Budleigh visit Honiton whilst the First X1 entertain Halwill at Vicarage Road. On Sunday The Reserves tackle Awliscombe at home in the Golesworthy Cup.