Weekend of woe
PUBLISHED: 13:18 26 January 2009 | UPDATED: 12:22 17 June 2010
THERE was all round disappointment at Otterton over the weekend as none of the club s three senior sides could register a win.
THERE was all round disappointment at Otterton over the weekend as none of the club's three senior sides could register a win.
The 1st team were denied action by a waterlogged Warren View, Exmouth, pitch, the 2nd team were beaten at Stantaway by Amory Argyle and the Sunday side also went down at home, beaten in the League Knock-out Cup 2-1 by Topsham Town A.
The club's reserve side took on high flying Amory Argyle, put in a tremendous shift, and were unlucky not to have something to show for their efforts at the end of the contest.
The Tiverton side banked the points with a single goal success despite the home side matching them in every department.
Leading scorer Mark Tett and Leigh Adey both had first half chances that were narrowly missed and the visitors were restricted to long range efforts which did not cause too much alarm for Pete Wannell in the Otters' goal.
The contest was settled on 65 minutes when a defensive mix-up allowed the Mid Devon side to score from close range and, despite a brave fight back, one that saw both Tett and sub Paul Sanders go close, the visitors hung on to seal the win.
The Reserves have no game this coming weekend but the 1st team are scheduled to host a Beer Albion side they beat 1-0 at their Furzebrake home in mid-September.
The Otters will be hoping the weather does not add the Beer game to the ever increasing number of top flight engagements needing to be re-arranged.
As things stand the Otters' senior Saturday side have eight matches to be re-arranged, three at their Stantaway headquarters and five at opposition grounds.
With fourteen Saturday's remaining and 17 games to play, there is already a need for midweek evening encounters and any further disruption from the weather will mean a hectic run in to the end of the season for the top flight new boys.
The Sunday side lost their KO Cup game against Topsham Town A when the Tops netted a winner with just seconds remaining.
The game was played on an extremely sticky surface which made basic ball control very difficult. Despite the heavy pitch both sides looked to play a passing game and it produced an entertaining encounter that did not see an opening score until early in the second half when Otterton keeper Dink Thomas was beaten by a fine visitors' goal.
The Otters battled hard for every ball and Tom Bishop and Jonny Pring came closest to equalising. Mark Tett came off the bench and, within five minutes, had levelled things up at 1-1.
With extra time looming, the Tops broke away and scored with virtually the last kick of the game.
So last gasp disappointment for the side who have begun to prove that they can live with the best in the Sunday League. They visit Barley Celtic this coming weekend.
By Andy Mitchell
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