Pullin the star
PUBLISHED: 14:47 20 February 2009 | UPDATED: 10:31 10 June 2010
EXMOUTH Town goalkeeper Adi Pullin rolled back the years to produce a superb display to help his side take a much deserved point from a visit to high flying Exeter Civil Service.
EXMOUTH Town goalkeeper Adi Pullin rolled back the years to produce a superb display to help his side take a much deserved point from a visit to high flying Exeter Civil Service.Town boss Chris Dowling said: "We were shorn of four regular players with Carl Wilson still injured, Rob Hall having to work, Mark Broom crying off at the 11th hour with family problems and Dan Plater opting for a Valentine's day pampering session with his girlfriend at Woodbury Park, but the lads who stepped up into the senior side did themselves, and the club, proud. It really was a performance to make a Town follower a very happy and proud person indeed."Ross Bright stepped out of the Reserves and played the whole game at left back and, after a naturally nervous start, up against a very useful right winger, did not look out of place in any shape or form and Graham Tapp came off the bench to do a similar job for the team.Paul Dowling fired Town ahead just before the break and it was not until the final quarter of an hour that former Exeter City and Tiverton Town player Jason Rees - who once played in the same youth team as Ryan Giggs - put one past the inspirational Pullin to see the game to its final score of 1-1.The manner of the Civil goal was somewhat controversial as Town had James Payne down near the centre circle and were looking for the ball to be put out of play, but the action continued and the ball ultimately ended up in the back of the Town net.Pullin, who is into his third decade of senior football, was in the form of his life. Town boss Dowling said: "He (Pullin) was so inspirational. I don't think I have ever seen him play so well and a measure of how good his performance was, that at the end of the game the opposition goalkeeper raced sixty yards to shake his hand and, with some Anglo Saxon thrown in, applauded his efforts in the game.