Cullompton welcomed Teignmouth to Adopstar Park for Saturday’s game. Teignmouth had two former Cully favourites in their ranks: Ash Donohue and Isaac Reed.
At kick off Cully were dealt an early blow when central defender Matt Futcher twisted his ankle in the warm up and Will Pinnick dropped out because of illness. To their credit Cully did not let these setbacks worry them, and were soon on the attack. After 14 minutes Cullompton got their reward when Aiden Horne was able to turn in a cross from the right to go one up. Cullompton continued to press Teignmouth, and after having a goal ruled out for offside, doubled their lead when Luke Jones scored, with a cross goal shot going in off the post.
Teignmouth hadn’t been in the game to this point, but as often happens, a foul on the edge of Cullompton’s penalty area led to a cross into Cully’s box, which was not not dealt with, resulting in Teignmouth scoring from 20 yards.
At 2:1 Teignmouth were back in the game, and just before the break they were awarded a penalty. Fortunately Will Davis was up for the challenge making a brilliant double save preventing the equaliser.
The second half saw the play becoming more even, with Teignmouths players coping better with the deteriorating ground conditions. Cully though should have sewn the game up when Aiden Horne broke through the middle, only to shoot tamely at the keeper. How Cully were to ruin that miss!
With 10 minutes left, a free kick from Cully’s left was misjudged by a defender and going in off the back of a surprised Teignmouth forward.
Cullompton were now up against it, and Teignmouth’s tails were up and pushing for a winner. Disappointingly, Teignmouth did get the winning goal when a half clearance dropped to one of their players who volleyed home from 12 yards.
Cullompton will be very disappointed with losing a game that they know they should have won.
I’m sure that Cullompton will bounce back to winning ways, when they entertain Newton Abbot Spurs here next Saturday.
Rev roving reporter