The reserve team continued their tradition of losing to lower league opposition, going down one nil away to Tedburn St Mary with a disappointing performance in the Devon Senior cup.
Facing a strong breeze in the first half, a solid performance against a team who had used their only substitute set up a great opportunity for the second half which was not to be taken.
Chances in the first half were limited, although Cotts had a sight of goal when through on the goalkeeper but failed to keep the ball down while under pressure, and half chances from set pieces were periodically missed or blocked.
The second half started poorly, and Cullompton failed to build up any rhythm or apply their considerable ability throughout the half. The one piece of quality was an astonishing double save from Aaron, making an initial block from short range and then somehow foiling the two opposition players who had the whole goal to aim at while he was on the floor. A clear let off – and a lesson that even a lower league team will create chances of you give the ball away in dangerous positions and don’t get back goal side and tight. With ten minutes to go Cullompton gave the ball away and failed to get back, goal side and tight – 1 nil. Ten minutes to get an equaliser never looked long enough for a team clearly feeling the effects of a couple of defeats, with no signs of the quality possession football of the previous week. Aside from half chances from set pieces opportunities were few, and quality balls into feet in the last third were rarer still.
With the league always the priority and the cups out of the way, this young side are potentially one win from finding the sustained quality and results needed to deliver on the undoubted promise – although it will take some work on the training ground during the week to deliver this, with another challenging away game next up.
FINAL SCORE: Tedburn St Mary 1 – 0 Cullompton Rangers
Match report by D.Hawes