Exmouth Town win well at Cully
PUBLISHED: 13:38 03 May 2018 | UPDATED: 13:38 03 May 2018
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Exmouth Town produced a superb all-round performance to record a 3-1 South West Peninsula League Premier Division win at Cullompton Rangers on Monday night.
Town (without a win since a December 2, 2-1 Southern Road success over Ivybridge) travelled to Mid Devon seeking a first away league win since an October 28, 1-0 victory at Falmouth, and found themselves up against a home team boosted by the presence of Bristol Manor Farm hit-man Dean Stamp and former Tiverton Town captain Rob Norrish.
However, Town, managed of course by Andy Rawlings, who served Cully Rangers with such distinction, nurturing one of the Landspeed Meadow team’s youth side from the youngest age group through to adult football, were good value for the three points, deservedly banked thanks to every member of the team ‘putting a good shift in’.
The first half was even-steven, though Town did fashion the best of the chances with striker Ace High going close on two occasions.
The deadlock was broken early in the second half when Matt Finn drilled the ball home. Cully hit back to level through former Exeter City youngster Brandon Parsons before a ‘game changing couple of minutes’!
Stamp powered his way through the Town defensive ranks to face goalkeeper Martin Rice, but the glovesman used all his experience to make himself large and the chance went begging.
The play switched quickly to the opposite end of the pitch where Scott Merritt weaved his way through a couple of challenges before cutting inside and rifling the ball home.
Late on, the classy Dean Billingsley applied the final nail in the Cully coffin on the night as he thumped home the third.
A delighted Town manager Andy Rawlings said: “We thoroughly deserved that. All the lads deserve so much credit. I sensed on Saturday in our draw at Torpoint that there was sense of belief coming into our play and it was there for all to see at Cully on Monday night. Dean [Billinglsey] was superb, but then so were all the lads. Now we need to look to make this sort of performance a regular one and we can end the season on a high and look forward to much, much better things next season.”
Town are at St Austell on Saturday (May 5) and end their league campaign at home to Godolphin Atlantic on Monday (May 8) with kick-off being at 2pm.