Magnificent Budd add to Rangers’ woes

Hawks boss Lee Bradbury. Picture: Habibur Rahman

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Lee Rangers’ poor run of form continued as a stunning second-half display from Budd earned them a convincing 7-3 victory in this Saturday League division two clash.

Budd had a couple of early half chances but Lee came closest to opening the scoring when new signing John Bommer volleyed inches past the far post.

And it was another new signing, Jamie Thomas, who gave Lee the lead after 15 minutes.

He beat the keeper to a long ball forward and directed a precise header into the empty net.

After Budd’s Michael Chambers directed one effort wide, team-mate Michael Anslow levelled matters after 20 minutes.

His first touch wrong-footed the keeper and he was able to walk the ball into the net.

Budd were inches from taking the lead on their next attack.

Chambers crashed his shot off the underside of the crossbar and Lee keeper Floyd Britton somehow clawed Josh McPhillimey’s follow-up off the line.

Britton then made a fine point-blank save to deny Anslow a second and Chambers fired a free-kick from a good position well over the crossbar as Budd sought to take a lead into the interval.

But it was Lee who went in ahead at the break.

Cullen Ratsey-Sidaway curled a corner in from the left and the ball went into the net off a combination of the keeper, a defender and crossbar.

Budd scored a quick-fire double to take the lead just before the hour mark.

First, Jack Fairburn bundled the ball into the net following a Michael Benfield corner.

And then Anslow was the quickest to a loose ball into the box which he steered past an exposed Britton.

Budd’s fourth came soon after.

Anslow threaded a pass through the Lee defence and Luke Jeans calmly lifted the ball over Britton and into the net.

Budd continued to threaten to add to their lead and, after Aaron Watson had lofted the ball on to the crossbar, they scored a fine fifth.

Lee looked to hack clear the danger but Seb Goff fired the ball first-time from distance into the far corner.

Budd’s fine second-half performance continued with another excellent goal – this time from Steve Southam.

His cleaver footwork created spaced 20 yards out and he rifled a shot past Britton.

Lee did pull a goal back late on as Thomas fired in from distance.

But Budd had the last word, with Brad Street punishing some slack defending to steer in number seven.