August 18, 2018 at 9:00 pm #16359
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Stoke Gabriel 5 Budleigh 1
The conditions for the game were perfect for football and the pitch looked in great order as a small crowd looked forward to a good afternoons entertainment.
Unfortunately no one had told the players and as with the previous game at Stoke neither side seemed capable in the first half of producing anything resembling half decent football.
Budleigh took a surprise lead on seventeen minutes with a rare sortie down the left and the Stoke defence appeared to stand and watch as a hopeful ball drifted into the box where Jack Howarth found himself with the simple task of tapping in for one nil.
Stoke did take the initiative on going behind and camped in the visitors half but could not make their possession tell with any meaningful chances.
It seemed that the visitors were going to make it to half time when with just a minute remaining Josh Webber took control. He skipped and jinked past a good portion of the Budleigh players and his effort looked goal bound when Liam Moseley pounced on it no more than a yard out to make sure and level the scores.
The second half started with Budleigh seeming to park the bus as Stoke had the upper hand. Fortunately for the hosts and the watching crowd it only took five minutes to pick the lock and take the lead. Frazer Clark had a superb header cleared off the line but the loose ball was looped back in and there was Robbie Bowker to head in as the keeper, Martin Hindle came for the ball.
Just three minutes later and Stoke scored again to seemingly seal the points. As Budleigh pushed forward in search of an equaliser Stoke cleared long and Liam Moseley found himself in a foot race with the Budleigh defender and there was only ever going to be one winner. Moseley got there first and slotted under the keeper for three one.
Half way through the half and many in the ground thought Budleigh had got back into the game. George Pannell had an effort form a slight angle and unfortunately for him is was in the side netting rather than the back of the net.
With twenty minutes left Steve Bowker came on for his first appearance of the season and within five minutes had scored. A curling cross from the left from Tom Kelly saw Bowker finish at the back post with a stooping header.
The visitors had to play the last fifteen minutes with ten men after suffering an injury with no substitutes left to come on. They fought well and looked to have survived without further scoring until deep into stoppage time when Steve Bowker got a second.
Bowker ran onto a through ball and cleverly lobbed the keeper to finish off the scoring and wrap up a five one victory. A fine second half performance very different from the poor fare of the first.
Next up at Stoke another local derby against Teignmouth.
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