Otters keep Fresha Division Five promotion hopes alive with Alphas success

Ottery were at home to Alphington at the weekend. Ref shsp 16-16AW 2854. Picture: Alex Walton

Ottery were at home to Alphington at the weekend. Ref shsp 16-16AW 2854. Picture: Alex Walton - Credit: Archant

A comfortable 2-0 home win saw Ottery St Mary put breathing space between themselves and Alphington 3rds in the Fresha Division Five table.

The promotion-chasing Washbrook Meadows side, who lie fourth, took the lead through teenage striker Toby Harris midway through the first half.

He was played through by his older brother, Adam, who won the ball near his goal, brought it forward and delivered a perfect 50-yard through-ball for his younger sibling to run on to and slot home.

Winger Jordan Rogers headed in a second from a Ben Rushton corner before the break.

The win was especially pleasing for Ottery boss Dave Fairweather as he had been forced to field a side without a recognised centre-back.

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Adam Harris, better known as a goal machine striker, masterfully filled in at the back - putting in a man-of-the-match display.

He was partnered by Hugh Cort, who, wearing his trademark hairband, also delivered a solid performance.

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Victory put the Otters Five points clear of fifth-placed Alphington, having played three games less.

They are four points off third-placed Kentisbeare with a game in hand.

Ottery travel to Beer on Saturday, kick-off 3pm, before entertaining Awliscombe at Washbrook Meadows on Monday (April 25), kick-off 6.45pm.

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