Broadbent at the double as Ottery Reserves end run of defeats with point
- Credit: Archant
Ottery St Mary Reserves bagged their first point of the season when they shared six goals with visiting K and M Polonia.
Otters boss Dave Fairweather had been saying since the opening blows of the season that if he could field a recognised striker and someone to boss the midfield area then the team would get results.
For the visit of the Exeter side Fairweather was able to call on the services of striker Joe Broadbent and midfield maestro Phil Paddison. Broadbent bagged a brace – though he blotted his copy book by getting a red card in the 75th minute!
Paddison was a first team regular last season at Washbrook Meadow and was very much the heart beta for the side. However, he decided to hang up his boots at the end of the campaign.
This season he had said he would only play this year when really needed as he has family commitments. Fairweather gave him a call before the game and got a positive response. Paddison was outstanding throughout and got one of the goals.
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Half-time came with the Otters leading 3-2. The only goal of the second half was a shot that took a wicked deflection past Jake Wreford in the Ottery goal.
Fairweather said: “It just goes to show how important those two key positions are. The lads all put a shift in. It was a good game with two well-matched sides. I think a single goal lead for us at half-time was not what it ought to have been given the possession and chances we enjoyed in the first-half. That said, I have to say that (K and M Polonia) fully deserved a share of the spoils.”
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The Otters might have won it late on when Tom Hayes went clear only to come off second best in a one-on-one with the visiting glovesman.
On Saturday (October 31) the Ottery Reserves travel to Bampton who sit bottom of the table having lost all five of their matches sop far this season.
Since reforming as a team at the start of last season Ottery Reserves have won just four times on their travels. They have been victorious at Bickleigh (September , 2014) Feniton (October, 2014), Sandford (November, 2014) and Tedburn St Mary (April, 2015).
Hopefully four will become five in Mid Devon on Hallowee’n!