Statton stunner downs league leaders

Bude entertained table toppers Ludgvan in a highly entertaining game at the Broadclose on Saturday. With a big crowd supporting the team the players rose to the occasion putting in their best performance of the season to humble the league leaders and bag three points. With the team set up to be difficult to beat Bude actually started the brighter creating some good chances in the first half with Scott Percy, Laurie Turpin and Josh Allen all getting into good positions. After a strong first half hour from the hosts Ludgvan came back strongly and looked dangerous as the half wore on. A good save from Gary Dinshaw and a goal line clearance by Alex Harrison kept the score at 0-0 at half time.

The second half continued in a similar vane with both sides battling hard. Wes Pugh and Adam Goodgroves put in an almighty shift in midfield and the centre half pairing of Liam Sandercock and Chris Ward were resolute in defence to ensure there was no way through. In the 65 minute a Ludgvan attack saw their striker run through, a challenge from Jake Salt who looked to get the ball was given as a free kick right on the edge of the area. The resulting free kick was saved by Dinshaw and the rebound was heroically cleared off the line once again from Harrison.

An entertaining game and a great atmosphere both deserved a spectacularly finale and they got one in the form of a winning goal out of the top drawer. There were only 10 minutes to go when a neat piece of interplay down the left saw the ball played into Pugh who laid the ball off to Tommy Statton who struck a piledriver on the half volley from 25 yards straight into the top corner. The broad close erupted as the Seasiders claimed a memorable victory. A superb effort from the players spurred on by a fantastic crowd of over 100 who’s continued support and urgings provided the lads with the motivation to come away with a big 3 points.

Next stop is Holsworthy away on Good Friday at 3pm where hopefully the boys can turn this positive performance into a run of good results.

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