Otters must ‘keep believing’
PUBLISHED: 10:54 18 November 2011
Ottery St Mary 1, Totnes & Dartington 3
After taking the lead 25 minutes into the first half , it looked like as if Ottery St Mary were going get something from the game, writes manager Mel Coombs.
The Otters tried to be a bit more adventurous than in recent weeks and it worked for 45 minutes, until they lost wide midfielder Rob England through injury.
After the break, Ottery never found the fluency they had in the first half. Consequently, Totnes gained the upper hand and exploited the weary legs of the Ottery St Mary players.
“The work rate I demand is beginning to show, as the fitness levels just aren't there at the moment. When Ottery conceded the equaliser, their energy just drained away. Totnes saw the weakness, their second goal came 10 minutes later then yet another penalty was conceded, to rub salt in the wounds.
Jake Allen fired in a fantastic strike for Ottery’s goal from all of 30 yards. They went into the break, confident but drained, and afterward just couldn't keep the ball long enough to find the second goal that would have lifted them and killed off a hard working Totnes side.
"They just need a bit of luck, as the players are working hard to turn the season around. We will keep believing and, hopefully, find the win.”