Saturday saw Cullompton take the short trip down the motorway to face Teignmouth, and come up against two former Cully favourites in Ash Donohue and Isaac Reed.
Cullompton were again forced into changes through injuries and holidays, with goalkeeper Mike Searle making his debut.
The game itself began in bright sunshine, and on a firm and bouncy pitch it was Teignmouth who made the early running, without troubling Cully’s goal. On a tricky pitch, Cully began to grow into the game. Realising that their passing game would be difficult, started using the long ball, bringing their wingers into more dangerous positions, and were able to create some good chances.
Both sides found it difficult to control the game and half time came with neither side troubling the keepers.
The restart saw Teignmouth take the initiative, also realising that the long ball was the way forward, and with their physical forwards ever dangerous, created some tricky moments for the Cully defence. Although it was Cully who nearly scored, when a long clearance from Mike Searle, bounced over the Teignmouth keeper, who was just able to recover, preventing a remarkable goal.
The game settled into a familiar pattern with both sides having chances but spurning scoring opportunities. The match seemed to be heading for a draw, when a slick move down the left, saw Lewis Hill crash a fine shot against the angle of bar and post and away to safety.
This seemed to be the last action of the game, when a long ball deep into the Cully half was not dealt with by the defence and they were made to pay. After a poor clearance the ball was chipped back across goal to be headed in by a Teignmouth forward.
A disappointing result, Cully had fought hard, and on the balance of play deserved a point, but for a moment of lost concentration cost them the game.
Cully must pick themselves up, as they entertain Okehampton on Wednesday evening.
Final score 1 nil to Teignmouth
Rev your roving reporter.