The reserve team put in a solid display to see off Halwill 5-1 and strengthen their hold on second place ahead of a tough trip to Heavitree next week.
From the very first whistle Cullompton looked threatening from set pieces and it was no real surprise when Danny Baily struck first with a clever header back across the goal into the top corner.
There were some scrappy spells in the first half, once almost literally as Dan Horler’s attempt at a Gianfranco Zola run was met by a response more familiar to a character from Zola’s La Bete Humaine, and handbags were almost being reached for on the sidelines.
The second goal was itself scrappy, with Tom Broome scoring via his backside from outside the area.
The second half continued much in the same vein, with further goals added by Clarkey ahead of his switch up front, and Danny Baily completing the perfect hat trick with left and right footed goals.
James came on for a solid debut on the left hand side as the subs got decent run outs, and Halwill struck a consolation goal before full time. All in all a good result following a week off, and a maximum of seven points are now needed the final four games to guarantee second place.
FINAL SCORE: Cullompton Rangers 5 – 1 Halwill
Match Report by Dave Hawes