Bude travelled to the Mount Wise stadium on Tuesday night for their first league game of the season and as a spectacle it didn't disappoint. The game was quickly into stride with both sides fashioning out early chances but it was the peppermints who took the lead with a well worked opener that left their striker through on goal to slot home. Bude responded well and in the 18th minute Hayden White attacked the Newquay full back and whipped in a low cross to Ryan Leverton who drilled the ball home from 12 yards.
The scores stayed level until half time but Newquay were ahead within minutes of the restart with an excellent low left foot shot finding the bottom corner from the edge of the area. This seemed to be the wake up call Bude needed and they began to dominate the second half with the Newquay goalkeeper pulling off a string of good saves. He was however at fault when Tommy Statton's fine 20 yard strike wasn't properly dealt with and ended up in the net. Redemption was near however when the Newquay goalkeeper dived full stretch to tip another Statton piledriver onto the post. With their tales up Bude continued to press on with Jack Wellington causing serious problems down the right flank. The pressure in the end told when a quick break saw good hold up play from Laurie Turpin followed by a pinpoint pass and the coolest of finishes from right back Alex Harrison who faked to shoot, brought the ball onto his left foot and calmly slotted home to put Bude ahead.
There was still time for plenty of drama inside the last 15 minutes with firstly Newquay being awarded a penalty for what was considered a pull back in the box by Josh Allen. The penalty was well despatched much to the consternation of the Bude Town defenders who felt they had been hard done by. Allen had his own redemption five minutes later though; Statton and Leverton combined for a neat one-two on the edge of the area which saw the Bude midfielder drive into the opposition box with purpose only to brought down when bearing in on goal. Allen ran the length of the field to take the penalty and his cool finish from the spot sealed a memorable win.
It was a good battling performance from Bude, special mention goes to Jake Salt for an excellent performance in goal, whilst it was particularly pleasing to see Ryan Willshere, James Findlay and Ben Potter all back in Bude Town shirts and performing well.