Beer Reserves beaten by high-flying Ottery St Mary

Beer Reserves were beaten 2-0 by Fresha League Division Six leaders, unbeaten Ottery St Mary.

In a closely contested game, Beer started well, seeing plenty of the ball and competing well. However, the home side utilised their big pitch well, causing the Fishermen problems with early, direct passes down the flanks.

The Otters went in front with two goals in quick succession, the first after a defensive slip and the second following a goalkeeping error. However, keeper Shaun Gould more than made up for this soon after with a fine penalty save.

Beer were not without threat themselves. Jacob Clode hit the crossbar from a crisp shot and the Fishermen had large amounts of possession and control in midfield. This proved to be the pattern for the remainder of the game, but the home side contained the visitors well, restricting the Fishermen to few goal scoring opportunities.

Beer Reserves boss Simon Smith said: “I do think we were unlucky to take just a single point from our two meetings with a high-flying Ottery outfit. Whilst we played well at Ottery what we need now is to show more consistency. The challenging games keep on coming and we need to get back to our passing, high-pressing game which served us well at the start of the season.”

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