The Reserve team fell to a 4-1 defeat to a spirited and committed Heavitree reserve team.
Cullompton took the lead just before the half hour mark when Dan Horler stirred awake to force his way past a few Heavitree players and smash the ball into the top corned from 20 yards. It was arguably deserved and at that point in the game Cullompton looked strong favorites to go on and take a second successive home win.
However, the mixture of a flat performance following a tough midweek game and a consistently competitive and motivated Heavitree side wrestled the game away for what became a much deserved win for them.
Naivety also played a part as Cullompton gave a free kick away on the edge of the area for competing with raised arms, something which the referee had consistently penalised throughout the half. Heavitree had shown some excellent dead ball delivery throughout the half and failed to disappoint by smashing the ball home.
Another set piece shortly after and another disappointing goal conceded, with a low near post corner getting touched in at the near post, leaving Cullompton to ponder the necessity of yet another comeback being required at the interval.
Some promising pieces of play at the start of the half didn’t quite create the all important goal to swing the game back in Cullompton’s favour, and instead it was Heavitree who got their decisive third. The ball was needlessly given away and suddenly three Heavitree players were competing only with themselves to put the ball through to their center forward who finished under little pressure.
Two goals looked a big ask and when Heavitree struck a fourth the game slowly faded out, despite Cullompton continuing their run of missing at least one absolute sitter per game.
Better will certainly be required next week with a tough away game, as teams continue to take points off each other across the league, making for what looks like a fascinating season ahead.