Howarth at the double as East Budleigh bag first win of new Fresha season
PUBLISHED: 20:27 04 September 2014 | UPDATED: 20:27 04 September 2014
A brace of goals from striker Jack Howarth saw East Budleigh register their first points of the season coming from behind to win the local derby with Exmouth Amateurs, writes Mark Auton.
Budleigh had to survive a late onslaught from the visitors, but the back four of Josh Whiller, Matt and Adam Jones and Andy Case stood up to the task well, whilst keeper Rob Dance also played his part saving a penalty twenty minutes from time.
As early as the sixth minute Mike White and Tim Whiteoak played a good 1-2 before setting up Howarth who was unlucky not to score when clipping his shot against the post.
Just a minute later Ammies took the lead following a lapse in the Budleigh defence.
Moments before the half hour Howarth chased down a ball from Jamie Drummond and bravely got his head to it allowing him to run through and tap into an empty net.
Budleigh almost scored again before the break when a fine run and cross from Aiden Martin eventually fell to Ben Wyatt who cut the ball back for Howarth whose shot was saved.
The visitors had the better of the possession as darkness crept in, but it was Howarth who wrapped up the victory after 74 minutes.
Dance cleared and when the ball reached Howarth he took a touch before turning to fire his effort into the net.
Drummond was voted Man of the Match for covering every blade of grass, just pipping Howarth to the honour.
East Budleigh were held to a 0-0 draw as they, and Alphington played out a goalless draw at Vicarage Road for the second successive season.
Both sides had their chances, but a draw was probably a fair outcome.
The away side had the better of the early exchanges, before Budleigh came alive midway through the half.
Whiller fired just over before Dan Atkinson was denied by the Alphas Keeper, who also saved from Whiteoak when he met a deep Matt Jones centre.
In the second period Budleigh sent on Dan Reynolds, Rich Pratt and Tom Allen to try and unlock the Alphas defence, but it was the Exeter side who were denied a goal in the 67th minute by an offside flag.
Late attempts from Atkinson and Whiteoak failed to find that elusive goal leaving both sides with a share of the spoils.
For Budleigh Whiteoak and Steve Hitchcock had steady games.
On Saturday Budleigh host Hatherleigh in the East Devon Senior Cup (kick-off 2pm).
A young East Budleigh Reserves side made the trip to Dunkeswell last Saturday to take on a home side that were a lot better than Division Six status.
Despite this Budleigh battled hard with Jo Walker grabbing a consolation goal.
This Saturday they host Sampford Peverell in the Football Express Cup (kick off 4.30pm).
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