Match Reports 21/04/18


On what was a crazy afternoon, East Budleigh Reserves eventually took charge of this fixture scoring four in the last 20 minutes.

The main talking point came in the first half when the visiting linesman and Cheriton’s only substitute kicked the ball against the head of Ben Wilks whilst he was down; The referee produced a red card and ordered him to leave the pitch; Having nobody else with them they refused to remove a player from the pitch and with a referee who did not know what to do, Cheriton played the rest of the game without a linesman.

At this stage the visitors were ahead 2-1; Both Julian Green and Kai Guise had hit the post for Budleigh and it was the former who scored with his head  from a Ross Bright corner for Budleigh’s goal

The second half saw The Jays get on top; Green fired over when set up by Gareth Morrey, before Bright produced an exquisite chip to level the scores.

Budleigh then passed up an opportunity to take the lead missing a penalty, but soon after did go ahead; Wilks and Bright both involved as Morrey kept his composure to score.

The floodgates then opened; Joe Walker came off the bench to sweetly strike a free-kick over the wall and into the net to make it four.

Goal number five came courtesy of Tom Christian who curled an excellent finish into the top corner, before Bright added his second with another fine finish.

Man of the Match went to Morrey who recovered superbly from an early error, whilst Wilks and Bright also did well.

This Saturday Budleigh entertain Amory Green Rovers at Vicarage Road, before visiting Honiton on Wednesday 2nd May.


East Budleigh made the trip to Bampton last Saturday and lost by the odd goal in seven battling well on what was an awful pitch.

Jack Howarth gave Budleigh the lead after ten minutes, but the Jays somehow managed to concede three time in the next ten,

Dan Atkinson brought Budleigh back into the game pulling one back before the break.

The hosts restored their two goal cushion minutes after the re-start, but Budleigh were not going to go down without a fight; Atkinson was on target again to make it 4-3.

Try as they did Budleigh were unlucky not to grab an equaliser.

For Budleigh both George Harris and Jacob Rice worked hard at both ends for a Budleigh side who visit Woodbury on Saturday, before hosting Axmouth on 1st May at Vicarage Road.

East Budleigh Match Reports


With a number of fixtures outstanding and a pitch not playable Honiton agreed to reverse this one and play at East Budleigh in what was an excellently contested game.

As a team Budleigh worked hard and deserved their share of the spoils, going close a quarter of an hour in; A well struck Liam Mabin corner saw both Liam West and Matt Jones strike the bar.

Honiton had a couple of good opportunities to score, but Budleigh’s back three of Jones, Joe Day and Mabin were doing well.

In the Budleigh engine room, West, Hugo Demetre and Dan Reynolds were sharp in the tackle.

Budleigh went close when the industrious Jacob Rice fed West,  his cross was headed over by Jack Howarth.

Five minutes before the break Honiton stole in at corner to open the scoring.

Budleigh got the perfect tonic with a leveller a minute after the re-start; Howarth, Liam Matthew and Demetre all involved as West stabbed the ball home.

Dan Atkinson then had a great chance to give Budleigh the lead, but was unable to keep his shot below the bar.

As the game wore on Honiton looked the more likely; Budleigh keeper Dean Rawlings made a couple of top saves and player Manager Jones produced a top drawer saving tackle to complete his Man of the Match performance.


East Budleigh Reserves will be mightily pleased with this result last Saturday at Tedburn with a brace from Ben Wilks helping them to victory.

Budleigh Began well playing some nice football which was causing the hosts problems and were rewarded when a shot from Wilks found its way under the Tedburn keeper.

Five minutes late the home side equalized, but it was Budleigh who restored their lead before the break; A shot from Nathan Penhallurick hit the post and it was Tom Christian who fired in the rebound.

Budleigh began the second period as they finished the first; Penhallurick with an assisted cross for Joe Walker who neatly found the bottom corner, but it was soon 3-2 as Tedburn pulled one back.

The fourth for Budleigh was a first and well celebrated goal for Jack Morgan supplied by a Walker cross, before Wilks added his second and Budleigh’s fifth.

Penhallurick completed a good afternoon adding his name to the scoresheet to complete a fine afternoons work.

For Budleigh Kai Guise had a frustrating afternoon in front of goal, but the main thing for him is to remain positive and calm and his scoring touch will return.

On Saturday Budleigh host Cheriton Fitzpaine at Vicarage Road.


Last Saturday saw East Budleigh produce a good all round team display to pick up three points at Newtown.

Budleigh controlled the game from the start and could well have added more.

The goals were shared as Jacob Rice, Hugo Demetre, Liam West, George Harris and Dan Atkinson all struck for the Jays.

Man of the Match went to Demetre, just shading the performance of captain Dan Reynolds.

This Saturday Budleigh are at Bampton for their league encounter.

East Budleigh Match Reports 11/04/18


In what was a fast and furious entertaining game it was Bow who came away with the points after a second half comeback.

A brisk start from the league leaders saw Matt Jones clear off his own line, before Liam Matthew had an effort saved at the other end.

Bampton had the better of the first quarter and squandered a couple of good chances until Budleigh stamped their authority on proceedings; In the 28th minute Matthew headed against the bar from a Liam Mabin set piece, Dan Atkinson’s follow up was blocked before Jack Howarth found the back of the net.

Five minutes late Hugo Demetre laid the ball off for Howarth who unleashed a drive that hit the bar; The hard working Jacob Rice picked up the rebound and squared for Atkinson to make it two.

Atkinson then went close again denied by the visiting keeper when set up again by Rice.

In what was a spicy second half the away side got the perfect tonic a minute in pulling one back and ten minutes later had levelled the scores.

Budleigh battled away but, the momentum was now with table toppers Bampton, Joe Day produced a fine block and keeper Dean Rawlings an excellent save, but he was unable to prevent a third goal.

Rawlings did make a fine penalty save low to his right before the end.

 This Saturday Budleigh visit Newtown, whilst the Reserves visit Tedburn St Mary.

East Budleigh Match Reports 23/03/18

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.

East Budleigh Match Report 10/3/18

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.

East Budleigh Match Report 24/02/18

Div 2 – East Budleigh 1 Woodbury 2

In what was a competitive local derby league leaders Woodbury ran out winners, but only after a second half fight back from East Budleigh.

In what was a scrappy first half the away side started the better and after Matt Jones had made an excellent block it was Morgan Pearce who broke the deadlock after 25 minutes.

Clear opportunities were hard to come by, although when Dan Atkinson found himself clear he could only hit his effort into the keepers arms.

Liam Mabin flashed an effort wide and Liam West fired over when set up by Hugo Demetre, before the break.

Woodbury increased their lead four minutes into the second half when Lee Chapman rose to take advantage of sloppy Budleigh defending.

Jack Howarth joined the action for Budleigh and got his team back into the game with a cute finish from a tight angle.

The game was now an end to end affair as Budleigh searched for an equalizer and Woodbury for a clincher; The Jays came closest with the last kick when a corner from Howarth grazed the top of the crossbar, leaving the visitors with the three points.

Budleigh will look to return to winning ways when they visit Halwill this Saturday and then travel to Clyst Valley in the Grandisson Cup on Sunday.

The Reserves return to action with a home game against Honiton 3rds.

East Budleigh Match Reports 17/02/18

Div 2- East Budleigh 2 Exeter University 0

 East Budleigh returned to action last Saturday with a superb all round display to beat the students of Exeter University.

Goals from the Liams,  Mabin and West respectively gave Budleigh a deserved three points.

An early goal line clearance from player manager Matt Jones gave Budleigh the impetus and a fine move involving Ross Bright, West, Dan Atkinson and Jacob Rice ended with the latter being denied by a good stop.

 The midfield of Mabin, West and Hugo Demetre were now controlling the game, whilst wingers George Harris and Rice were working hard in both halves.

Budleigh keeper Dean Rawlings made an excellent one – on- one save on the half hour, before both Harris and Atkinson went close, but the deadlock was broken moments before the break.

 Atkinson saw his shot blocked and when the rebound arrived back at his feet he squared for Mabin who scored a goal that his determination deserved.

 The away side started the second half on the front foot, but Jones and his defence of Jack England, Dan Reynolds and Bright stood firm.

 At the other end Demetre and Rice combined to set up Atkinson who was again denied by a fine challenge and Harris stung the fingertips of the visiting keeper from a well struck free-kick.

 The clincher arrived on 76 minutes; Jack Howarth won Budleigh a corner, Mabin produced a well taken kick and it was West who timed his run to perfection to head home.

Man of the Match went to Jones, just shading Mabin, Demetre and Rice.

This Saturday Budleigh take on leaders Woodbury in what should be a competitive and entertaining game.

 Div 8 – Otterton Res 1 East Budleigh Res 2

East Budleigh Reserves also produced a fine display to win away at local rivals Otterton last Saturday.

Playing against the wind in the first half Budleigh were playing some good football and went ahead when Joe Walker centred for Kai Guise to score.

Defensively Budleigh stood firm as the half-time whistle came.

Goal number two for Budleigh saw Corbin Couch win a 50/50 with the home keeper before tapping in, before a late rally from the host saw Mark Dobrijevic pull a goal back and it could have been 2-2 but for an excellent save from Budleigh keeper Mark Bown and follow up clearance from the goalline by Lewis Fletcher.

On the day Bown and Gareth Morrey stood out for Budleigh who have an afternoon off this weekend.

East Budleigh Res Match Report

 Football returned to East Budleigh last Saturday for the first time this year, but the Reserves were unable to match league leaders Okehamoton Argyle who ran out 4-1 winners.

 An early strike for the away side set the tone for the first half as Budleigh struggled to create chances with their passing and final ball letting them down and a second goal before the break put Okehampton in the driving seat.

 The second period saw Budleigh improve and two minutes after the restart Liam West picked out Jack Howarth, who was starting for the first time since his return to the club after injury, he cut back onto his left foot and curled a stylish finish past the visiting keeper.

 With the bit between their teeth Ben Wilks produced a peach of a cross for Howarth who saw his header go agonisingly the wrong side of the post.

 A third on the break for the away side restored the three goal cushion as Budleigh saw West, Corbin Couch and George Harris all have opportunities.

 A fourth for Okehampton completed the scoring.

 For Budleigh the return of Howarth was a big plus, whilst Gareth Morrey did well.

 This Saturday the Reserves visit neighbours Otterton, whilst the First X1 will hope to play for only the second time in 2018 when they host Exeter University. (both 3pm)

East Budleigh FC Match Reports 16/12/17

DIV 2 East Budleigh 3 Uplowman 3

Despite taking a 3-2 lead through Liam West with three minutes to play, Budleigh were denied victory by a last gasp equaliser from the away side Uplowman last Saturday.

Dan Atkinson struck the opening goal continuing his impressive run with three in three for him for the first team.

Five minutes later Uplowman levelled and Budleigh seemed to lose the initiative for the rest of the half.

The second period started better, but it was the visitors that took advantage of some sloppy Budleigh defending.

Goal of the game was then scored by Demetre whose stunning strike made it 2-2.

In a dramatic finish we had the ecstasy of West scoring and then the agony of the last kick.

Budleigh are next in action at Honiton on Saturday 6th January. The second X1 host Cheriton Fitzpaine on the same afternoon in Division 8.

East Budleigh would like to wish everybody a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

East Budleigh Match Reports 09/12/17

DIV 2 East Budleigh 1 Thorverton 4

East Budleigh we’re playing catch up from the word go in this fixture, gifting their opponents a two goal start with some sloppy defending.

Midway through the half Budleigh were back in the game; a fine through ball from Liam Mabin picked out Dan Atkinson who lifted a neat finish over the advancing keeper.

Despite the Budleigh goal the away side were having the better of it as Budleigh we’re giving the ball away too m
uch. The back three of Mabin, Steve Hitchcock and Jack England were having to work hard.

Budleigh began the second period with more confidence; England rattled the bar and when Atkinson saw his shot blocked Jacob Rice was unable to keep the rebound below the crossbar.

As Budleigh continued to push it was Thorverton who broke to add a 71st minute third before a fourth six minutes later.

Towards the end Hugo Demetre was marginally wide and when Rice set up Liam West his shot was parried by the visiting stopper.

This Saturday Budleigh are again at home to Uplowman hoping to sign off with a festive victory.

Thorverton Reserves 4 East Budleigh Reserves 2

East Budleigh Reserves made the trip to Thorverton to take on their Reserves and were beaten 4-2.

Two-nil down at the break Tom Christian struck twice for Budleigh, unfortunately the hosts added two more of their own to run out winners.

This Saturday Budleigh are at Cheriton Fitzpaine for another league encounter.