Thursday, May 24, 2012
East Budleigh Football Club brought their season to a close by bringing back an old club tradition of a friendly match where the single players took on the married players, writes Mark Auton.
On this occasion it was the single players that ran out 3-1 winners. Si Tuley did the spade work for Craig Leaman to tap the married players ahead after 10 minutes and but for a good save from Mark ‘Crouchie’ Bown it would have been two.
Adam Jones neatly tucked away an equaliser past Veteran guest keeper Dave Mills, who also did well to deny young Jimmy Wangdi. With half an hour gone ref Viv Edgecombe mistakenly blew for half-time.
At this stage the married men had found a new full back in manager Spencer West. Club Captain Phil Page rejoined the action at centre forward for the single men, but rest assured the club strikers will keep their places next season.
Ten minutes into the second half Chris ‘Rio’ Eveleigh and Wangdi combined and as Colin Jeans challenged, the ball went in off West to make it 2-1 to the singles.
Kev ‘ Tubby’ Hawthorne was rolling back the years nutmegging his opponent, whilst his married team mates will need shooting practice before next season as many a chance came and went.
The last word went to Dave Evans who showed them how to do it with a third goal five minutes from the end.
Following the game members of the committee provided a barbeque, prize draw and bouncy castle for the families as well as presenting awards for the past season.
The 1st team Manager’s Player of the Year was won by Dan Reynolds whilst Tim Whiteoak landed the Players’ Player award and Sui Tuley went home with the leading scorer award.
The 2nd team Managers’ Player of the Year award was won by Andy Case whilst Steve Davey won the Players’ Player award and Craig Leaman went home with the leading scorer award.
The Captains Cup went to Spencer West, while a signed football was presented to 16-year-old Jack Howarth in recognition of him scoring his first senior hat-trick.
During the evening the Supporters Club handed over a cheque to the value of £3500 from funds raised during the year, another exceptional effort that will help the team for the coming season.
The Club will now look to strengthen their squads for what will hopefully be a better 2012/13 on the playing front.