Tuesday night saw Cullompton taking the long trip to Torrington, their second mid-week visit in 3 weeks, having played at near neighbours Torridgeside.
The game began in blustery conditions with the ball zipping of the slick surface and was barely 4 minutes old when a dreadful tackle left Finn Crocker in a heap. Finn was unable to carry on, with Luke Horne coming on in his place.
To their credit Cully began to play where they left off on Saturday and thoroughly deserved to take the lead when Harry Varnals unleashed a 25 yard shot into the top corner. Cully were well on top now, and 4 minutes later, Lloyd White latched onto a long ball to drive an unstoppable shot into the bottom corner.
Cully continued to press forward – creating but not taking chances – and they were made to pay for this, when in 8 minutes of added time Torrington in a rare break away, scored.
There wasn’t time for the restart and the referee blew for halftime.
Buoyed by their late first half score, Torrington began the second half on the front foot, giving the Cully defence plenty to think about. Despite losing both centre backs to injuries, Cully regrouped well. Credit to the manager for introducing Aiden down the left side and Lloyd and Lucas down the right. Cully once more began to assert their dominance.
Perhaps it was a little fortunate when Cully increased their lead, when Lloyd was alert to a poor goal kick, racing into the box to score. This was no more than Lloyd deserved as only moment’s earlier he had a terrific shot deflected onto the bar.
Cully were well on top now, and dominating the play, but there are always nervy moments at the end of a game, especially as the referee had found 14 minutes of added time, and when the final whistle did come Cully were worthy winners.
A special mention to the efforts of 17 year old Makan Coulibaly, who ran tirelessly all night.
Also I would like to apologise to Lloyd who I continually called Lewis in my last report.
Good luck to the team this Saturday when they play Wells in the FA Vase.
Rev your roving reporter.