Ottery boosted to beat Raleigh

PUBLISHED: 09:30 30 January 2009 | UPDATED: 12:23 17 June 2010

Colaton Raleigh arrived at their opponents' ground to find that the Ottery first team game had been postponed, and unsurprisingly a much strengthened second XI awaited Raleigh.

By Ken WoodsfordOttery St Mary 2nds 5, Colaton Raleigh 3Colaton Raleigh arrived at their opponents' ground to find that the Ottery first team game had been postponed, and unsurprisingly a much strengthened second XI awaited Raleigh.The first 30 minutes were mainly played out in the Ottery half with Colaton Raleigh creating and missing three glorious chances before Raleigh keeper Mark Stoyle pulled off a great reflex save to stop a close range header.Ottery were defending well and, against the run of play, a long punt through the middle saw the Raleigh defenders lose concentration and Harry Mills ran through to shoot home to open the scoring 1-0.Before Colaton Raleigh could reorganise, another ball over the top saw Ottery score a second goal, in the 32nd minute.Just before half time Colaton Raleigh hit the underside of the bar from close range and the rebound was blocked by the diving body of an Ottery defender.After making a tactical change at half time, Colaton Raleigh broke through in the 47th minute only for the Ottery keeper to brilliantly keep out a goalbound effort by Jordan Cooper. Within one minute Ottery went 3-0 up as another long ball dropped over the head of the Raleigh left back and the resulting cross was converted.Ottery St Mary stunned Raleigh with a fourth goal in the 65th minute, when their forward was given too much space in the box and turned a defender to curl in a left foot shot from 15 yards. With Ottery well on top, the score became 5-0 when Harry Mills struck in a beauty from the edge of the area.Somehow Colaton Raleigh found the resolve to raise their game and for the last 15 minutes it was one way traffic to the Ottery end. Mark Gerry made it 5-1 with a well struck effort from 25 yards and then Paul Dowling converted a cross two minutes later to make it 5-2.Graham Hughes ran on to a through ball to make it 5-3 in the 87th minute, leaving Ottery hanging on when the referee blew for full time. This was a much improved performance by Colaton Raleigh against a strong Ottery line-up. Paul Dowling and Adrian Parr played well in midfield, and Jordan Cooper had an excellent second half up front.This was a story of what might have been, if Raleigh had taken their first half opportunities. Providing the team can work on their defensive duties, and produce more resilience and tighter marking at the back, they have enough talent to give Axmouth a nasty shock this Saturday at home, KO 2.15pm Bicton College.Manager Rikki Pitter was full of praise for the way the team fought back in the second half, and promises that they will be giving it "a real go" tomorrow.

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