Classy Sidbury show no signs of rustiness with win at East Budleigh

East Budleigh 1, Sidbury United 2 After three weeks without a game Sidbury continued the league campaign with a trip to local rivals East Budleigh.

Sidbury had to reshuffle as with centre defender Matt Channing out with a knee injury and another centre back Pete Godbeer suffering after his Christmas party, so captain Sam Seldon dropped back from midfield to fill the gap. The first half was a very even contest with Sidbury controlling possession, but not really creating any notable chances and playing nowhere near their ability, this was clearly frustrating many of the players which lead to the side bickering for the majority of the half!

East Budleigh did come close to scoring when a long ball floated into the box found the head of Seldon who turned the ball onto his own post.

At half time Sidbury cleared the air in the confines of the dressing room and clearly compose themselves for, from the re-start they kept the ball far better and used the width of the pitch to stretch the hosts at every opportunity.

The break through came in the 58th minute when the now on-form Ash Small picked the ball up 25-yards from goal, spun his marker, jinxed inside the centre half, and slid the ball into the far corner of the net.

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Sidbury were able to now begin to play some more relaxed passing football with the contribution of Mike Benyon a particular highlight in midfield.

Chances were created, but now got past the excellent home keeper.

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However, in the 72nd minute Danny Green fired United two up, though there was an element of good fortune about the goal.

His initial effort was saved and a subsequent attempt to net was cleared off the line only to come straight back to him, hit his knee, and trickle over then line!

East Budleigh did get a goal back in the last minute when a long ball found the striker 10-yards from goal and he turned sharply before firing home to end the run of four successive Sidbury clean sheets.

United boss Schofield said: “We didn’t play great, looked rusty and went back to bad habits in the first half with players arguing. However we did then get our act together and show we have the quality to punish most sides, even if we do only perform for half a game! We are now 11 games in and unbeaten and we want to continue this great start to the season.”

On Saturday United host the Divisions only other unbeaten side, Tiverton Town Reserves. Kick-off at Byes Lane is 2.15pm.

Team Harvey 7, Churchill 7, Bacon 7, Seldon 7, Coombs 7, Benyon 8, Salter 7, Dave Green 7, Ash Small 9, Danny Green 8, Sam Elstub 7 Subs Godbeer 7

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