Budleigh Salterton Reserves beaten at home by East Budleigh

PUBLISHED: 07:48 15 October 2018 | UPDATED: 07:48 15 October 2018

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The close rivalry between Budleigh Salterton Reserves and East Budleigh First team resumed after a few years, with the two teams this season contesting for points in the Macron Devon and Exeter League Division Three, writes SpursTom.

From their respective league table positions it is plain to see which of the two are having a successful season so far.

East Budleigh arrived at Greenway Lane knowing that the home team will be wanting to cause an upset, especially in a local derby.

Kicking downhill with the wind at their backs in the first half, several times the Robins ran the show, but were unable to take advantage of the opportunities presented to them.

Unfortunately, they were made to rue not taking their chances when, just after the half hour mark, they failed to clear a corner and Daniel Atkinson headed home, giving East Budleigh a 1-0 half-time lead.

Within two minutes of the start of the second period the home side were awarded a penalty that Alex Wicks drilled pass the Jays’ goalkeeper Mark Bown to equalise.

Budleigh ought then to have gone 2-1 up, but they made a mess of the final pass and, once again, they were made to pay when East Budlsigh substitute Liam West scored in the 66th minute.

The outcome of the contest was put beyond doubt with two goals for the visitors between the 76th and 80th minutes, firstly from by Liam Matthews and then from George Harris firing past Simon Savage in the Robins goal.

Regardless of how well East Budleigh may have played, hesitancy and too many misplaced passes by Budleigh Salterton led partly to their own downfall, and a 4-1 defeat.

It gets no easier for Budleigh Reserves, for next Saturday they travel for their next league game to Exeter-based Winchester against whom they were dumped out of the Devon Senior Cup last month.

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