The Reserve team took their first point following the winter break with a 1-1 draw at home with Chard Reserves.
Cullompton played two new signings up front who both impressed as the focus on strengthening the squad continues. It was a well competed match with moments of mixed quality reflecting the long lay-off that the majority of players have had, not just from matches but also training.
There were few chances in the first half, but those which did occur fell to Cullompton with the Chard keeper making one stunning save from a well hit Tom Broome effort. Chances started to appear with some regularity after the break and the Cullompton pressure was rewarded when Kev was brought down in the box following another strong run – Riggo stepped up from defence to smash the penalty home.
With Chard struggling to exert any pressure it looked like three points to Cullompton, but the regularity of chances started to fall away and a change of the Chard formation was quickly rewarded when they converted their first chance of the match. Chard then looked to be the team exerting most pressure, but struggling to create chances. Cullompton slowly forced their way back into the game, but when a late chance was somehow kept out with a mixture of good keeping and excellent on the line defending it was clear that no winner was to come.
Although it was disappointing not to take the three points Chard fully played their part in the game, and a draw wasn’t a totally inaccurate reflection of the game which does set the Reserve team up and running for the rest of the season.