Sidmouth Town Football Club produced a stunning comeback as they recovered from three goals down to win away at Cullompton Rangers.
The Vikings eventually defeated the Mid Devon men 6-3 in a South West Peninsula League Premier Division East game on Tuesday night.
They were a goal down inside three minutes and two behind after 12.
Things got worse as they conceded a third just before the half-hour.
Indeed, as half-time approached, even the most seasoned of Sidmouth Town supporters would have been fearing the worst with regard to what the final score might be.
However, having been ‘second-best’ for long periods of the first half, and, having not registered a single shot ‘on target’ in the game, some individual magic from Lukey White saw Town make it 3-1.
There was still time in the half for Ferenc Bodor to drill home a second from an acute angle.
That meant a very different half-time discussion to be led by Town manager Danny Burwood.
Cullompton Rangers had clearly been subjected to a ‘get-out-there-and-get-back-on-the-front-foot’ chat from their management team for the home side were back out for the second half a full five minutes before the visitors emerged from the Speeds Meadow dressing rooms.
From the restart it was Town who dominated and it was no more than they deserved when they levelled early in the second half with White in the thick of the action.
It was the former Alphington man’s weaving run that ended with him teeing up a teammate who saw his shot deflected for a corner.
When the ball was delivered into a crowded penalty area, the impressive Tom Diamond rose above everybody else and, with the ball ricocheting around the six-yard box, centre forward Scott Hughes touched it home.
Town went swiftly in search of a fourth and it duly arrived with Will Jenkins heading the ball home.
A one goal advantage was doubled when Hughes powered his way through the home ranks before rifling the ball home.
A stunning comeback was completed when the impressive White was hauled down in the area and, after the glovesman had been shown a red card, White slammed the resultant penalty past the stand-in goalkeeper.
After a disappointing start – Town were very much ‘second best’ for the first 40 minutes – they were, to a player, superb and fully deserved their win.
Lukey White was a thorn in the side of hosts Cully all night while Ethan Slater was industrious and effective in midfield.
Scott Hughes led the line well and right-back Joe McKenzie overcame some early nerves to put in an assured display.
However, one Town player stood out and that was Tom Diamond who had a terrific game at the heart of the Vikings defence.
Sidmouth Town AFC are back in action on Saturday, September 19, when they entertain Toolstation Western League Division One side Cheddar with the Manstone Lane action starting at 3pm.
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