With both teams having been undeafeated so far this season this tie had an extra competitive side to it and it did not disappoint. Exeter made the better start and after sustained pressure were awarded a penalty flick when their short corner routine was stopped on the line illegally, however Bude's keeper Andy Davis was in fine form and made an excellent save with an outstretched leg in the bottom right hand corner. After some more good saves from Andy and his defence; there was little they could do to prevent Exeter taking the lead from a close range effort. Bude reacted excellently to this set back and did not let their heads drop and despite Exeter having more possession and pressure Bude created some clear cut chances of their own but were unable to find the back of the net. The second half was a more even affair and as Bude grew in confidence the better chances fell to them and they had the ball in the back of the net twice only for them to be ruled out on both occasion's. As time wore on into the last ten minutes Bude pushed on trying to get the equiliser they so deserved but they just could not find the goal they needed despite their best efforts. This left holes at the back and the fit, young Exeter side made the most of this creating their own chances on goal yet man of the match Andy Davis continued to deny Exeter right until the last few minutes. With the game drawing to a close Exeter made the game safe with another close range open play goal, a cruel third was added shortly after as a penalty flick went in agonisingly off the post as Andy made another great save with his left hand. The game was a lot closer than the scoreline shows and really flattered Exeter by the end but Bude will take a lot of positives from this game into next weeks encounter with Devonport Services at home.
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