Swingler at the double as Ottery win at Otterton

PUBLISHED: 22:25 10 February 2018 | UPDATED: 22:25 10 February 2018

Ottery at home to North Tawton. Ref shsp 02-18TI 6091. Picture: Terry Ife

Ottery at home to North Tawton. Ref shsp 02-18TI 6091. Picture: Terry Ife

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Ottery St Mary were 3-1 winners in their Macron League Division Three derby match at Otterton.

The Otters, who had lost all three previous derby outings this season – losing home and away to Tipton and going down 2-1 to Otterton in the game played at Ottery earlier in the season - scored twice in the first half with Connor Swingler netting both. The two goal half-time lead was no more than the Otters deserved for an impressive all-round show.

Straight from the re-start Otterton halved the deficit, but Ottery remained disciplined, organised and inventive going forward and sealed the points with a late third scored by Corey Ringer. That was the second goal in as many starts for the Ottery hit man, who had gone eight games without a goal before netting the winners seven days before in the home win over Clyst Valley.

Otters boss Dave Fairweather said: “We played very well and fully deserved the three points. If anything I felt we ought to have won by a greater margin. We could, possibly should, have scored many more.”

The Ottery boss added: “Lets give bags of credit to them [Otterton] for getting the game on. That said conditions were so heavy, they almost bordered on the ridiculous!”

Ottery skipper Curtis Winchombe was named Man of the Match for his superb shift. The win makes it five on the trot for the Otters, and a seventh win of the Macron League Division Three season, and they are up to sixth and are now just six points shy of a top four slot.

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