Cullompton travelled to Ivybridge for their first away game since 27th of December.
The manager was blessed with a near full squad, with Danny Jee returning to Cully following a successful time in the Western League, and then making a new home in Australia.
The pitch was playable after overnight frost, but a little slippery under foot making tackling difficult. The game was played at a high tempo, with Ivybridge having two speedy wingers, causing some problems to our defence. Cully were caught out after five minutes and following a free kick, Ivybridge cleared their line, allowing their speedy wingman to out pace our defence and score.
As the first half progressed, Cully came more into the game and the half ended with both sides having created good chances.
The second half saw Cully on the front foot, and they began creating scoring opportunities, which unfortunately weren’t taken. Against the run of play Ivybridge’s keeper kicked a long ball into Cully’s half. Unfortunately our defence misjudged the flight of the ball, allowing the Ivybridge centre forward to get off a goal bound shot. It was initially brilliantly saved by Nathan. However, unfortunately the ball dropped to an on running player to slide home.
It could have been a signal to drop shoulders and accept defeat, but Cully responded well and continued to dominate the game and were rewarded when a shot from the edge of the penalty area by Sam Jones was parried into his own net by the Ivybridge keeper.
Cully continued to press right up to the final whistle, but unfortunately were unable to score a well deserved equaliser.
Match report by Rev ‘the roving reporter’.
Cullys next game is away at Torrington 28th January. KO 14:15