Pearce praised as Cully grab one-point victory
ADAM Pearce earned praise from his coach after kicking a penalty 15 minutes from time to give Cullompton a one-point victory over high-flying Thornbury.
Cullompton have been on the end of a few narrow defeats this season and looked as though they were heading to another close loss with 15 minutes left on Saturday having left a second-half lead slip.
However, Pearce stepped up to kick a crucial penalty to give Cully their second win on the bounce and a victory against a side above them in the league.
"Ross Toms is injured at the moment and we are very lucky to have two good goal kickers," said a delighted head coach Chris Wall after the game.
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"Adam Pearce has come on as a leader if anything this season. He has been vice-captain in the last couple of games and perhaps that has helped his performances he has led from the front and played well.
"The penalty was made that bit easier by the fact that Thornbury were marched back 10 yards so it was right in front of the posts, but he took it very well and he is playing very well at the moment."
Cullompton took an early 9-0 advantage thanks to three penalties from Pearce, before Thornbury got back into the match with from George Johnson in the corner.
Cully led 14-5 at the break though as Marcus Busch and Alex Brookes set up a try for Paul Barker.
Thornbury had the better of the second half though as tries from Adam Hodgkins and Jack Hussey, either side of a Lee Powell try for Cullompton, gave them a two-point lead.
However, Cully were not to be denied and Pearce slotted over his fourth penalty of the match to take the points.
"It was very close and to anybody watching it probably seemed like a very good game," added Wall.
"For the Cullompton supporters they were probably a little bit worried that it was so close.
"At the end they (Thornbury) were chasing the game and we were trying to be controlled and just look after the ball, which in the end saw it go into the 22 a couple of times when perhaps it shouldn't have done and they attacked.
"But it was a good win against a team higher than us in the league so we were pleased.
"We had lots of possession and we created a lot of chances, which is pleasing but we just need to be a little bit more patient when we have the ball.
"But we have come away with a win and we showed a lot of guts in last period of time and we got some good scores and created some good tries out wide.
"It is a game we said we wanted to attack, we played with a lot of tempo.
"It did show that we had been training in a sports hall. Because of the pitches at Cullompton have been so wet, we haven't been able to do the contact and floor skills, which is where we got a little bit tired and conceded those tries.
"We have got Chard at home next week, so we will be looking to put another good performance against them in next week," added Wall, who also praised the performance of Oli Reed who made the step up from the seconds for the match.