Budleigh Salterton Football Club banked a point from their Scott Richards Solictors Devon League North and East fixture at Clyst Valley.
They opened the scoring in the 1-1 draw, netting midway through the first half with Jacob Tinsley providing the ‘assist’ for a superbly-headed goal by Harry Gibbings.
That proved to be the only goal of what was a disappointing first half, one that Budleigh enjoyed the greater possession in.
After the break the home side adopted a very different approach and it was they who bossed large periods of the second half.
They came close to scoring in the 55th minute, and would have done had Will Kenny hit the target instead of the side netting.
Clyst Valley substitute Carl Rogers the spurned the opportunity to net with his very first touch.
The home pressure continued and it was no more than they deserved when, with four minutes remaining, Kenny atoned for his earlier ‘miss’ by touching the ball home from close range.
Budleigh Salterton AFC are back in action on Wednesday night (September 16) with a home game against Alphington (7.30pm kick-off).
They are also in Greenway Lane action on Saturday (September 19) when they entertain St Martins (3pm).
For Budleigh, the ‘star player’ award went to Jacob Tinsley who will, with his teammates, be in home action twice in four days.
Budleigh boss Dan Carthew said: “I was pleased with the way we controlled the first half of the game on Saturday. I felt we were the dominant side with and without the ball.
“Credit must go to the combination of Jacob Tinsley and Harry Gibbings and it was no more than they deserved to be the two who combined for our goal.
“I also was so pleased for Ryan Fell, who played well in defence and has had consistently good performances when he has played which he should be pleased with.
“The second half on Saturday was a case of taking our foot off the gas and we paid the price for it.
“We lost our shape and our focus in the second half and allowed Clyst Valley to gain a foothold and build from that.
“The old adage ‘goals win you games’ comes to mind and we didn’t take our chances at that end of the pitch, and were lucky at the other end on more than one occasion not to concede more.
“But full credit to Mark [Clyst Valley manager Mark Baitup] and his team who were good value for the point and thoroughly deserved something from the game.
“My players understand what is expected of them in this next game.
“It is important that we show a willingness to learn and put mistakes previously made, behind us.
“They are a very great bunch of lads who always work hard so I have the upmost confidence that they will get it right on Wednesday night.”
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