DIV 8 – EAST BUDLEIGH RES 6 CHERITON FITZPAINE RES 2
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.
DIV 2 – BAMPTON 4 EAST BUDLEIGH 3
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.