After two defeats in their three games since Christmas, the Reserve team are back on track after extracting revenge for one of those reverses with a 6 nil win against a hard working Tipton St John team.
The game started with plenty of signs of rustiness, but Cullompton regularly created chances while Tipton struggled to make an impression despite their hard work.
After a number of missed opportunities it took half an hour to break the deadlock with Max Cooper finishing calmly following his lively start. There were no further goals before half time, but signs of match sharpness were showing as more passes found feet.
The second half continued much as the first half, with Cullompton continuing to grow in confidence, defending strongly as Tom and Audie Campbell took control of the midfield and continued to create chances for Dan Horler and Jamie Cottrell.
As the half progressed Tipton tired and both Horler and Cottrell got doubles, although the goal of the half was from Mark Webber. Not for the fact that he dribbled the ball from his own half, but the fact he did so entirely unchallenged, including by the keeper. Mark looked slightly foolish when a bobble left him kicking thin air, but fortunately the keeper took that moment to hurl himself away from the ball and in the general direction of the clubhouse. Clearly having built up a thirst from all his saves, while the keeper was lining up the San Miguel’s Mark attempted to clear the bar from the goal line but managed to score despite his best attempts.
Young Joe came on and impressed with an assist and almost a goal or two, while not so young Hawes took up residence in the opposition penalty area despite playing right back – his fifteen season goal famine continues.
All in all a good result and performance after such a long lay-off, ahead of a tough and important game against Heavitree on Tuesday.
FINAL SCORE: Cullompton Rangers 6 – 0 Tipton St John
Match Report by Dave Hawes