Cully 1 – 1 Honiton Town
The new 2023 season kicked off with a home game against near neighbours, Honiton Town.
Our new manager Steve Orchard had a few selection problems with several players on holiday. A continuing theme that has also plagued past managers.
A good crowd saw Cully’s young side taking the game to Honiton with Lucas and Lloyd White ever dangerous down the right, creating a few good chances.
However it was from an attack down the left that saw Jack Bryant being upended by the keeper, and a penalty awarded, resulting in the Honiton keeper being sent off. Debutant Finlay Crocker stepped up to blast the spot kick past the changed keeper.
Honiton were forced into several positional changes, using a lone striker up front, who throughout the game gave Cully’s defence a torrid time. It was from one of his winning header’s being picked up by a team mate, who broke into the Cully’s area only to be brought down by Luke Horne. Although the keeper got a hand to the spot kick, the Honiton skipper was able to score.
The second half saw Cully continuing to attack, but seemed to lack the final pass, and with a mixture of the substitute keeper making several good saves, last ditch tackles, and poor finishing the game petered out into a tame draw.
There were several new rules brought into this season, tackling, time wasting and respect. Although I have to ask how the referee managed to book 7 Cully players, when I don’t think there was a bad tackle all afternoon.
Let’s hope I don’t have to again mention the referee’s part in the game this season.
It’s good to be back! Rev your roving reporter.