Royal Par started their league campaign on their new bigger pitch at Par Track with state of the art new mobile football goals. Bude Town were the visitors on a day that included fierce sunshine and torrential rain. In the early stages, it was Bude that looked to play the ball around on the new, wide pitch. Royal having been told by their manager Mark Place to keep it narrow. After some tentative sparring, Royal laboured an attack that broke down into a bit of volleyball which ultimately landed with Marc Doncom who slotted home the opening goal for Royal Par. Royal Par 1 Bude Town 0. Bude kept playing their football and were rewarded with a clever goal and soon after due to a clumsy challenge in the box allowed them to slot home a penalty. Royal Par 1 Bude Town 2. This galavanised Royal into a response and after a few attacks, a sliced crossed was met with Hague's head, the ball hit the bar and Hague was first to pounce and slot home. Royal Par 2 Bude Town 2. In the second half it was all Bude. Attack after attack were only foiled by the new football posts or by the brilliant Rob Cock in goal for Royal Par. Finally the goal came as a result of clever work and a neat finish. Royal Par 2 Bude Town 3. Bude didn't stop attacking. But the urgency of getting a fourth and the lack of accuracy left them vulnerable to the sucker punch. The sucker punch came when Royal's two new signings Marc Doncom and Marcus Jones worked together for Doncom to be felled in the box for another penalty. Doncom slotted home. Royal Par 3 Bude Town 3. With one minute to go, Royal Par's right back Paul Morgan ventured forward and lost the ball. Bude wasted no more time and countered with Royal Par out of position to score their fourth. Royal Par 3 Bude Town 4.
Thanks go out to Jon Harris who reffed superbly. And to Bude Town for being wonderful opponents.