Saturday saw Cullompton visiting Stoke Gabriel, who have had a good run of results since they came to Cullompton in early December.
The game kicked off in bright sunshine on a pitch left soft after continuous rain.
The home side were the first to settle and won a couple of early corners.
Cullompton were still settling into the game when, out of nowhere, a long ball deep into Cully’s half was not dealt with by the defenders, enabling a Stoke forward to slide the ball home.
Straight from the restart, Cullompton were to win their first corner, after good work from new signing Sam Gleeson and Aiden Horne on the left. Cully were on top now and should have equalised, after Lewis Hill put a great through pass into the Stoke penalty area. Unfortunately Makan was unable to turn the ball into the net.
As half time loomed, Cullompton were dealt a blow when from a needless corner, Stoke turned the ball in via a Cully defender. Two nil at half time.
Just as the second half began the rain started which would make playing conditions tricky.
Cullompton began the half on the attack – a theme that would continue throughout the game. They created many opportunities without scoring until a great cross from Jack Bryant was bundled over the line by Aiden Horne.
As the conditions deteriorated, so did the nature of the game. The influential Harry Varnals limped off after a heavy tackle. The manager must hope this will be nothing serious as Harry has been hitting top form in recent games.
The game itself limped to an away defeat for Cullompton. Try as they did they could not force an equaliser.
Well done to Stoke Gabriel/TorbayPolice, who held out for a hard working win.