Busch helps Cullompton see off visitors Old Reds
HEAD coach Chris Wall praised his Cullompton players for producing an 80-minute display to see off visiting Old Redcliffians on Saturday.
The Stafford Park outfit led 6-3 at the break but trailed 12-9 after an hour of the South West One West contest.
Two tries in quick succession made sure of victory, with winger Marcus Busch – who came in for Jimmy Holman – finishing off the first after a run from Ross Toms.
Busch then turned creator as his break led to the position from which his side worked Tom Frankpitt into space to score.
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Toms, who controlled the game well for the hosts, converted Busch's try and landed three penalties.
Wall said: "For the first time in a long time we had a good 80-minute performance.
"Old Reds are a good side, they clearly gained a lot from playing in the league above, but we played well for 80 minutes and took our two chances well.
"I'm disappointed we let them in at the end with a penalty for the losing bonus point but I'm pleased with the performance."
After starting slowly the previous weekend as they went down 30-27 away to Oldfield Old Boys, Wall was keen for his side to start well and he got what he wanted.
And he was pleased that other areas they had worked on in training came through on the pitch to help them see off the Bristol-based side.
"We talked about starting well because we didn't start well the week before and were points down," he said.
"We also talked about intensity and going for territory and Ross Toms did that well, he kicked very well and we looked to play in their half. Our defensive line-out was also good, which was something we had worked on."
Wall made a few changes from the side that lost last time out – bringing in Sean Mardell on the flank and Greg Lock in the second row as well as Busch on the wing.
But Wall was not too satisfied with the penalties his side gave up, particularly the areas of the field they conceded them.
Jack Steer kicked all his side's points with five penalties.
"In the end we took the two scores we created but we have to have a bit more nous over where we give away penalties," said Wall.
"We gave away five penalties that they were able to kick and we have to work on that."
Next up for Cullompton is a trip to Chard this weekend, when Wall believes he will have a full squad available.
But after the second team won 36-7 against their Tiverton counterparts last weekend, there is competition for places.
"We will see who is at training on Tuesday and who is not and go from there," Wall added.