Smith the star as Otters are spot on
PUBLISHED: 12:52 18 September 2014 | UPDATED: 12:52 18 September 2014
Ottery St Mary travelled to Tiverton on Saturday to play a Devon Intermediate Cup tie against Fresha League Division Five Uplowman.
The Mid Devon side made a powerful start and their early endeavours gave the Otters plenty to think about!
A succession of quality delivery into the Otters defensive area had alarm bells ringing in the visitors dug out.
Ottery boss Mike Ward was quick to see the areas of woe for his side and in a bold move the Washbrook Meadow chief made an early substitution, introducing Tom Melia to the action.
The switch paid dividends as the Otters began to get a foot hold in the game. However, it was still somewhat against the run of play when they took the lead when an Adam Harris shot deflected off a home defender before nestling in the net!
The response from Uplowman was both swift and clinical and, ten minutes after falling behind they were level with a slick header.
Both sides then created, and spurned opportunities before the Otters regained the lead.
Harris was influential in the build-up and his right wing cross was turned home at the far post by Connor Swingler.
After the break Ottery began to move the ball around with greater authority. The home side remained in the game though, particularly via their fleet footed forwards.
Chances came – and went – at both ends with Uplowman netting an equaliser with ten minutes remaining. In the final minute the Otters were left aggrieved when Thomas appeared to be hauled down in the area, but no penalty was forthcoming.
In extra-time neither side could fashion a winner and so the tie was decided on penalties.
Otters keeper Duncan Smith, who had had a superb game from the first whistle, saved two of the Uplowman sport kicks and then tucked one away himself to help his side to a 4-2 shoot out success and a place in the next round.
On Saturday Ward takes his side to Exwick Villa Reserves for a Division Six game. The Exeter side have played three away games so far and are yet to win. The Otters go into the game sitting second in the table with Newton St Cyres the new leaders after they won last Saturday whilst the Otters were in cup action.