Star Parker saves the day
This was a massive confidence booster for the Seagulls following their last two defeats.
This was a massive confidence booster for the Seagulls following their last two defeats. Despite missing three key players they turned in a gutsy display and thoroughly deserved the points.It was Steve Popham who opened the scoring with a header from a Sam Elstub free kick after 15 minutes. Culm had enjoyed most of the play up until then and probably thought they were a bit unlucky when Popham pounced on a mistake for his second. Minutes later it looked as though Sidbury were going to completely over-run their hosts but Culm pressed hard with 10 minutes of the half remaining and forced Martyn Parker into a fantastic save to keep the sheet clean at half time.The second half saw Culm come out all guns blazing and within minutes they had scored. For the next 10 minutes Sidbury defended superbly as the home side threw everything at them. Parker, who was voted star man, kept them at bay with some excellent goalkeeping and, when he accepted the award, he paid tribute to his three defenders. He said: "I thought the lads were superb. At a time when we could have gone under they defended as though their lives depended on it and that gave us the platform to go on and win the game."It was Elstub who relieved the pressure when he scored a superb free kick from 30 yards that left the keeper rooted to the floor and that seemed to knock the fight out of Culm. When Elstub added his second the game was all but over.Sidbury had plenty to worry about during this game as they lost Kevin Dorman at half time and Keiron Small during the second half through injury but Dave Green came on for Dorman and gave a fine display in the centre of midfield. Ben Woolley, who could only manage 30 minutes (because he was not fully fit but wanted to play as it is the last game he could be taking part in for the club), came on for Small and helped set up the fourth goal. It was a tremendous team effort from the Seagulls and one that will give them confidence when they resume their battle with rivals Bow this Saturday.