Crediton United 1 - Cullompton Rangers 1

WHEN most other South West Peninsula League East matches were postponed on Tuesday October 24, Crediton managed to escape the worst of the weather and under a doom-ridden sky they entertained their local neighbours from Cullompton.

Having won the away fixture with the men from Speeds Meadow we were hopeful of a similar result.

Adam Bilcock was away so the midfield general job fell to Louis Middleton and he performed admirably.

The pitch was heavy and from the off it was obviously going to be a battle as the referee failed to get the two teams to go in gently.

In fact there was not much to choose between the two, although the better chances fell to the home side.

Cullompton defended like tigers and some very hefty challenges were apparent, much to the displeasure of the Cully officials who questioned everything that proceeded.

Time after time they threw their bodies in front of the ball and the penalty area was often full of defenders as they struggled to keep the Crediton lads at bay.

With Harvey Dorothy and Lukey White buzzing around up front, this was one you could not take your eye off.

Then, not long before the break, Cullompton won a free kick just outside the penalty area and, from the resultant dead ball, Lewis Hill slammed the ball into the net as the ball went underneath Jack Arthur as he vainly tried to keep it out, 0-1.

It was somewhat against the run of play, but you could not say that Cully didn’t deserve something after all their hard work.

The second half responded straightaway as a long ball found Nelson Iseguan on the right and he weaved his way into the area and unleashed a powerful left foot shot which gave the goalie no chance, 1-1.

Lewis Wilson and Shay Corrick came on for Harvey and Luke but the goal would not come.

The game went this way and that and neither team could gain the upper hand, and many names were taken, and right on the stroke of full-time Louis Morrison was sent off, presumably saying unfavourable things, presumably questioning the validity of the linesman, bad lad.

A shame as he had a fine game.

All-in-all a draw was probably a fair result and how wonderful that the game was on and our evening’s entertainment was not spoiled by the weather.

Next up is top of the table Ivybridge on Saturday, October 28. Come on Cred.

Crediton Team: Arthur, Whitfield, Knight, Morrison, Johnson, Pike, White, Dorothy, Warren, Iseguan and Stapleton.

Subs: Lee, Wilson and Corrick.

Man of the Match: Aidan Whitfield.

Paul Whittall