Otters face Easter weekend double-header


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Ottery St Mary dished up arguably the ‘result of their season’ to date when they made Grandisson Cup progress on Tuesday night with a 4-0 success against Feniton Reserves.

Matt Daley headed home a first half corner to give the Otters a half-time lead. After the break, they added three more through Adam Harris, Connor Lovering and leading scorer Corey Ringer – his latest strike coming from the penalty spot.

Ottery boss Dave Fairweather said: “The result is indeed exceptional. I was not too happy with the complete 90-minute performance though. We were pretty average in the first half, but improved significantly after the break to end up deserving winners.”

He continued: “We had a chat at half-time about the fact that our wing backs were getting drawn in and we needed to get them out to create those ‘all-important’ pockets of space that can be created between an opposition midfield and back line.

“After the break, Dan Jewell and Adam Harris exploited that situation really well. Dan [Jewell], in particular, had a fine game.”

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The Otters boss concluded: “Results like this really do underline what we are capable of as a team and it’s great that we are able to extend our season with cup runs and long may they continue.”

The Otters will host Axmouth United in the quarter-finals on a date to be announced – the tie has to be played before April 15.

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The full quarter-final draw is: Beer Albion or Chard Town Res v Heavitree Res, Lyme Regis v Sidmouth Town Res, Ottery St Mary v Axmouth United and Tipton St John v East Budleigh.

There’s a big doubt hanging over the Otters scheduled Macron Division Three game at Pinhoe tomorrow (Saturday) for the Exeter-club play on a council pitch that does not deal with the rain too well. At the time of going to press, the news was the Pins’ pitch was unfit for play, but they were seeking an alternative pitch on which to play the match.”

The Otters are also in action on Easter Monday (April 2) when they entertain Winchester in a Bill Slee Cup quarter-final that kicks off at 2pm.

Fairweather says of his team’s Easter double-header: “I really hope we do get the Pinhoe game played. I would like us to get some momentum going now and the fact that we are through to one cup quarter-final and have the chance to do similar on Monday underlines how we are looking to continue to bring success to the club.”

He continued: “Winchester will no doubt come to us feeling very confident as they are flying in their Division Four campaign [the Exeter-based side have won 12 and lost just one of their 15 league games so far]. However, we are at home and hopefully we will get a good turn out as the game is taking place on a bank holiday and I will certainly be looking to field as strong a side as possible.”

Johnny De Cruz is the only ‘regular’ unavailable in terms of non-injured players.

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