Carey scores hat-trick as Otters net a great eight to top the table

PUBLISHED: 10:04 13 September 2020 | UPDATED: 10:04 13 September 2020

Ottery at home to Buckland Athletic. Ref shsp 06 20TI 7550. Picture: Terry Ife

Ottery at home to Buckland Athletic. Ref shsp 06 20TI 7550. Picture: Terry Ife

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Liam Carey netted a hat-trick and took his personal tally to six goals in the first three league games of the new term for Ottery St Mary as the Otters thumped Waldon Athletic 8-1 at Washbrook Meadow.

That’s three successive wins for Billy Rouse’s team who sit proudly on top of the Scott Richards Solicitors Devon League South & West, three games into the new campaign.

Ashley Small score two of the Ottery goals and that takes him to five goals in the first three games.

Indeed, Small would have also had a hat-trick but for a fine save from his penalty by the visiting goalkeeper.

With Carey and Small accounting for five of the goals, the other Ottery players to net were striker Pete Grover, with a brace in what was his first outing of the new term while Connor Swingler also scored with his very first touch after being introduced from the bench - that his second goal in as many outings this term.

Ottery boss Billy Rouse said post match: “I really could not be happier with our early season form. Three wins from three makes for a super start to the new league campaign.

“Waldon are clearly a side in transition following a change in playing personnel, but all the credit must go to our lads for making it very difficult for the opposition to get as much as a foothold in the contest.

“If I had to point to a negative then it might be the final goal count as we could, perhaps should, have scored many more.

“That said we must heap praise on the Waldon glovesman who was exceptional and made some wonderful saves.

“Indeed, by my count he made 15 point-blank saves and of course, he also kept out the Ash [Small] spot kick.”

The Ottery boss added: “All that said I guess it also reflects the new confidence and the standards we are setting within the club that we have won a game 8-1 and yet are left feeling frustrated!

“Now we rest, recharge the batteries and come back strong for the midweek game against Okehampton.”

The Otters have now played three and won three, scoring 19 goals in the three games, thought they have yet to keep a clean sheet, conceding one in each game.

On Wednesday night (September 16), the Otters entertain an Okehampton Argyle side who are, like the Otters, sporting a 100 per cent record so far this fledgling season.

Indeed, six teams have made perfect starts so far to the new league campaign.


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