Twice Sidbury come from behind

PUBLISHED: 16:41 20 January 2009 | UPDATED: 22:55 15 June 2010

Senior One: Sidbury Utd 4-2 Cullompton Rangers Res. A brace for new signing James Beverley and goals from Dan Churchill and Russell Coombs saw the Seagulls back to winning ways but it wasn t plain sailing as Sidbury had to come from behind twice.

Senior One: Sidbury Utd 4-2 Cullompton Rangers Res. A brace for new signing James Beverley and goals from Dan Churchill and Russell Coombs saw the Seagulls back to winning ways but it wasn't plain sailing as Sidbury had to come from behind twice.

Despite dominating the first 20 minutes, it was Cullompton who scored first after skipper Ben Woolley was adjudged to have fouled in the penalty area; both players were tugging at each other with neither of them complaining but, as the ball ran lose the referee pointed to the penalty spot to everyone's amazement. Matthew Scott scored past Will Allan.

The remainder of the half was very tense for the home side as they were still smarting from the penalty. Cullompton sensed they could increase their lead and would have done had it not been for Allan; he pulled off two superb saves to keep his side in the game at half time.

Five minutes into the second half, Churchill sent in a cross that saw the ball hit the far post and drop into the net. Cullompton's keeper was helpless as he could only watch it sail over his head. It was only a matter of time before Sidbury scored again but, within minutes of levelling, Cullompton were awarded another penalty. Leading up to the incident, which was a foul, the ball had been run out of play by at least a yard.

The referee, who was stationed in the middle of the pitch, could not see the ball over the line. And the linesman for Cullompton apparently did not see it. The cross came in and the penalty was conceded.

So, for a second time they felt aggrieved. Sidbury had to pick themselves up. Fortunately James Beverley was beginning to find his touch after eight weeks without a game. He opened his account on 60 minutes for his new club when he pounced on a mistake from the visiting keeper. His second came minutes later when,again, he was in the right place at the right time. Kevin Dorman had forced a fine save from the keeper that he couldn't hold and their was Beverley to fire home from six yards. The fourth, from Coombs, came from a long range free kick that fooled everyone to complete a tricky yet well deserved victory.

Manager Mel Coombs would have been impressed with quite a few individuals. As well as new signing Beverley, second team captain Simon Trim played the whole of the second half and looked very comfortable.

Lee Withycombe was very good in the middle, Will Allan was excellent in goal and was rightly voted star man.

Ben Woolley looks to be maturing into a quality defender and Dan Tavender again epitomised the spirit in the camp.

This Saturday the 1st XI host the University, and the seconds travel to Exeter to face Lords XI.

Both games kick off at 2.15pm.

By Mel Coombs

Sidbury football


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