Still work to to for Raleigh

East Budleigh FC 1, Colaton Raleigh FC 2

Colaton Raleigh achieved a fine result against Premier Division opponents East Budleigh last Saturday, writes Ken Woodsford.

With a performance full of pace, sharpness, movement and invention, Raleigh bombarded East Budleigh in a one-sided first half.

Danny Green and Adrian Parr both had efforts tipped round the post, before Damian Armes headed in a Ben Farrington cross after 20 minutes.

Raleigh continued to press forward and, with a little more awareness in the East Budleigh area, could have been out of sight by half time.

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Regular substitutions by Raleigh during the second period disrupted their pattern of play, but Armes scored his second goal to make it 2-0 with a fierce cross shot that went in off the keeper.

With their first effort on goal, Si Tuley scored a well-taken goal for East Budleigh with 30 minutes remaining. Raleigh continued to remain strong defensively, and ran out worthy winners 1-2. Special praise for Neil Blake and Scott Newbery, 16, who shared the goalkeeping duties between them.

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Happy Colaton Raleigh boss Riki Pitter said: "We can't get complacent and still have work to do, but I'm pleased with how things are shaping up so far".

This Saturday Raleigh are hoping to have a pre -season friendly against a S Devon Premier League team. The Reserves are away to Colyton 2nds.

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