Cullompton 1 – 0 Torridgeside
Before the game began, both teams and supporters held a minutes silence for a real club man, Ron Partridge, who sadly passed away on Wednesday.
The game itself kicked off on a pitch severely affected by a hard overnight frost, which would make conditions tricky for both teams. It was Cullompton who were to make early inroads into the Torridgeside half, creating and wasting several good chances. As the half progressed, both sides were making hard work of playing any sort of passing football, winning and giving the ball away easily, and it came as relief to both players and spectators when the referee blew the half time whistle.
The second half began as the first half ended with both sides struggling to come to terms with the conditions.
The introduction of Aiden Horne midway through the half gave the home side a bit of added impetus, and so it was that Aiden was able to make a pass into the 6 yard box for Luke Jones to turn in. The remainder of the half saw Cully again making and spurning goal scoring opportunities.
Torridgeside to their credit kept going to the final whistle, although apart from 2 or 3 corners didn’t really worry the Cullompton defence.
The final whistle came, without either side adding to the score line.
This was not a game to remember, but Cully will be pleased with the result which will keep them in the top 5 teams.
Next Saturday sees the visit of Stoke Gabriel, who after a few years of struggles are having a bit of a resurgence after their amalgamation with Torbay Police.
Rev the roving reporter.