The Reserve team followed up their 3-0 away win at Wellington with a deserved 6-1 home win against Lyme Regis, avenging an early season 3-2 defeat.
Times can change quickly – a few weeks ago the season threatened to become a struggle, but Cullompton can now look forward to next weeks contest with high flying Lapford with some confidence.
Cullompton dominated from the start, with Ben and Kieran linking well down the right while Tom and Luke took control in the middle. An intelligent reverse pass from Riggo put in Luke midway through the first half, who bought out a good save from the impressive Lyme Regis keeper.
Shortly after some good work from Kieran gave Riggo the chance to play provider again, laying it across the goal for Liam to smash home from close distance despite a desperate attempt from the keeper.
The keeper continued to excel, proving their most creative player with his long kicking but the Cullompton defence remained comfortable, with Aaron setting the tone from goal.
The second strike came through a rejuvenated Dan Horler racing clear, rounding the keeper and discovering that he does have a left foot with an excellent finish.
Half time was cliche time, and talk that the next goal was vital were spot on. Lyme Regis clearly knew the cliches as well, switching to 3 up front and going even more direct. This did leave space at the back and Cullompton continued to look most threatening, with both Dan and Liam adding to their first half goals with some sharp finishing.
At 4-0 it was surely game over, but when Lyme Regis pulled a scrappy goal back they clearly believed they were still in the game. At 4-1 and having scored from their only chance it was still a comfortable lead but Lyme Regis piled on the pressure for the next 15 minutes, and one corner resulted in half a dozen blocked shots and the ball smashing the underside of the Cullompton bar.
At the start of the last century F H Bradley summarised the thoughts on metaphysics at the time in his ground breaking book ‘Appearance and Reality’, explaining the impossibility of time being either discrete or continuous when of course it must be one or the other. The ten minutes after the Lyme Regis goal made a very good case to evidence that time is in fact static.
Cullompton slowly settled back into the game, getting on top and starting to create chances themselves. A couple of changes which only a former defender would make took place – the two players on hat tricks came off. Riggo smashed home his own goal to go with his three assists and Dan Nation’s first touch was to find the bottom corner from outside the box.
Over all a fantastic result and a committed display which will need to be repeated next week against a consistently strong Lapford. Times can change so quickly in football and the next few weeks will surely define how the remainder of the season goes.