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Cully are counting cost of Oldfield's no show

By Exeter Express and Echo  |  Posted: September 28, 2012

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CULLOMPTON officials are still fuming about the non-appearance of Oldfield Old Boys at Stafford Park last weekend.

The Bath side informed Cully on Friday night they were unable to raise a side due to a player shortage.

Cully took the news at face value at first – then hit the roof after learning Oldfield honoured a second team fixture and won it 69-0.

Cully director of communications Edwin Baker said: "It can't be right that Oldfield cry off against us then put a second team out and win 69-0.

"Only a week ago we had nine missing because Henry Weekes was getting married, but still honoured our game at Paignton as it was the right thing to do.

"It seems teams are too quick to call off games these days. And at the level we are playing at that should not happen."

Cully were hit in the pocket by the cancellation.

"For a first team home game we would expect to take at least £1,000 in gate money and over the bar – that is money clubs need to survive," said Baker.

Cullompton head for Thornbury this Saturday.

Sidmouth will be looking for their second league win when Bridgwater & Albion head their way this Saturday.

Sidmouth went down 32-29 at North Petherton last time out.

Not even a second-half fight-back from 20-3 down could save Sidmouth, although they did pick up two consolation bonus points.

Player-coach Jason Luff, who was out of position at fly-half in a depleted side, said there were bright spots despite it being a bad day at the office.

"Had we played another five minutes I am convinced we would have won," claimed Luff.

"We were a few missing to start with, had a few more drop out, yet we still came away with two points.

"Look at the league table and we are seventh, even though we have only won once. That's because we are plugging away and picking up points."

Luff said there were four under-19 players in the side who all performed well.

Tom Whelan and Dan Retter should return this Saturday, which will strengthen the half-back axis.

Sidmouth's tries were scored by Ollie Pyne, James Leat, Luff and Chris Higgs. Matt Goss kicked the extras.

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