A mid week trip to the seaside for Cullompton, to play Southern league opposition Exmouth Town in the St Lukes Challenge Cup.
Cullompton began the game brightly, pushing forward causing the home defence problems with the pace of the Cully’s forwards.
As the first half wore on, Exmouth settled into their long ball game, hoping their free scoring centre forward could latch on to any defensive mistakes. From such a mistake, a loose pass in midfield was intercepted, allowing Exmouth to open the scoring.
A blow for Cully, as they had been well on top at this point, and there was only minutes to go before half time.
The second half saw Cully, again on the attack, searching for an early equaliser. It was Exmouth who, against the run of play, and with another enforced error in the Cully half, increased their lead from the penalty spot.
Shortly after making a substitute, Cully found themselves 3 down, when a through ball split the reformed defence, finding an unmarked player to slot home.
Cullompton to their credit continued to play some good football, with Makan Coulibaly bringing out an outstanding save from former Cully goalkeeper Chris Wright. Another attack saw Makan upended in the area and Cully were rewarded with a late penalty, and Will Pinnick stepped up to score.
There were no further opportunities to add to the score line, with the game ending 3:1 to the home team.
The manager must have been pleased with the performance but as has said before, Cully must eliminate mistakes in our third of the pitch.
There is no game for the 1st team this weekend. The reserves are at home to Cheriton Fitzpaine KO 2:15
Rev the roving reporter.