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Ray feels hard-working Cully suffer bad luck

By Mid Devon Gazette  |  Posted: December 17, 2013

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CULLOMPTON Rangers assistant manager Ray Pryse was left cursing his side's luck but praising their effort after a 5-0 defeat away to Ivybridge Town.

After hitting the bar and having an effort cleared off the line, Cully – who travelled without a recognised keeper following John Wannell's departure from the club – quickly found themselves 3-0 down.

They started well in the second half too, hitting the bar and the post again, only for Ivybridge to clinically kill the game off.

It means Cully have now conceded 16 goals in two games following Wednesday's 11-1 Devon St Luke's Bowl defeat to Plymouth Parkway.

"I believe that if we had a proper goalkeeper then it would have been a lot closer," said Pryse, who saw midfielder George Rogers go in goal after new keeper Ryan Lewis sustained a groin injury in training.

"We felt hard done by at 3-0 but we came out after the break and went after them and Ash Donahue tore them apart.

"The boys were absolutely distraught by the end though and we could not ask any more from such a young side.

"The young lads are learning a harsh lesson right now. They were dead on their feet at the end, as a result of the scoreline and the running they had done. They worked like dogs and couldn't have done any more."

Witheridge manager Chris Vinnicombe says his players were glad for a rest at the weekend following their Devon St Luke's Bowl exploits against Torquay United last week. Withy ran out 2-0 winners on Tuesday, with goals from Jordan Charran and Kyle Bassett sending them through to face the winner of the Barnstaple Town-Tiverton Town quarter-final.

The weekend off means Vinnicombe's players should be fully refreshed when they take on bottom side Liskeard Athletic on Saturday, followed by a derby with Elmore on Boxing Day.

"We had a tough tie against Torquay on Tuesday which the players adapted themselves to really well," said Vinnicombe.

"That was against a mixture of under-18s, reserve team players and first-teamers so we did well.

"That meant the weekend was a good time to have a rest because we were a bit tired afterwards.

"We gave them the weekend off and didn't train at all. There wasn't any point dragging them in for training because we have some tough games coming up and we needed the rest."

Crediton United joint-player manager Matt Trenaman insists he is not reading too much into Saturday's 2-1 defeat at Budleigh Salterton in what he branded 'almost farcical' conditions.

The Robins' Matt Dawson opened the scoring after just six minutes in exceptionally windy conditions in South Devon, only for Perry Carpenter to grab an equalizer.

But with just eight minutes remaining, Dawson scored again to hand Budleigh the points with which they leapfrogged their Mid Devon visitors in the table.

"It wasn't really a game of football to be honest," said Trenaman. "It was played in atrocious conditions – it was so windy it was almost farcical.

"Still, it was the same for both sides though and it did not suit us and did not suit them either.

"We were playing downhill in the first half and, with the wind behind us too, we struggled.

"We thought they would come out really strong in the second half with the wind and the slope, but they didn't really and we had two very good chances.

"It was a shame as we are two good footballing sides but it was one of those where you just wanted it to end and try and get something to take home from it.

"We have got a good run of games coming up starting with Axminster Town so we have to try and win some of them and get up towards that top-six spot."

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