Div 2 – Thorverton 4 East Budleigh 3
East Budleigh were the width of a post away from staging the comeback of all comebacks at Thorverton last Saturday.
After trailing 4-0 in the second period, three goals in twelve minutes set up a nail biting finish, but the hosts held on.
Playing down the slope on a sticky pitch it was the home side that took advantage and went into a two goal lead, before Budleigh got into the game and were unlucky not to pull one back.
The second period saw Budleigh start on the front foot again, but were caught twice on the break to a couple of deflected goals.
The Budleigh comeback saw both Dan Atkinson and Jacob Rice hit the back of the net, whilst Hugo Demetre converted a penalty
With the clock ticking towards time the impressive Rice struck a shot agonisingly against the post to deny Budleigh a point they deserved.
Budleigh’s next game is at Halwill on Easter Monday 2nd April.
Div 8- East Budleigh Res 0 Thorverton Res 2
This was a disappointing afternoon for East Budleigh Reserves who struggled to get their game going last Saturday.
In the 7th minute the away side took advantage as Budleigh failed to clear their lines and but for keeper Drew Shorrock it would have been two.
A series of Tom Christian corners looked Budleigh’s most likely way back, but the final touch did not come; Joe Walker had a shot deflected wide before Thorverton doubled their advantage ten minutes before the break.
After the interval Budleigh were better; Rory Waite, Gareth Morrey and Ben Wilks all tried their luck, but the away side defended well and deserved the win.
For Budleigh Waite worked hard.
Goleworthy Cup – East Budleigh Res 4 Awliscombe 0
Jack Howarth struck a hat-trick for Budleigh as they progressed to the next round of the Golesworthy Cup last Sunday.
Budleigh began well and eleven minutes in went ahead; Howarth with the assist from a corner for Hugo Demetre whose header crossed the line before being cleared.
Four minutes later Howarth rounded the keeper for number two.
At times the visitors played some good football, but their end product was lacking and the Budleigh defence of Lewis Fletcher, Jack England, Jack Morgan and Ross Bright kept them at bay.
Five minutes from half-time Demetre cleared a corner, Rory Waite played the ball forward and it was Howarth who does what he does best to make it three.
Budleigh had to wait until the dying minutes to add their fourth; Howarth latched on to a clearance from Shorrock before holding off the defender to find the back of the net to complete his treble.
This Saturday Budleigh entertain Central at Vicarage Road.