Otters look to end Uplowman unbeaten record
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Ottery St Mary head for Uplowman on Saturday for a contest between two of the Fresha League Division Fives top five teams.
The side’s met as recently as January 23 when the Otters won 4-2. One interesting fact about this latest game is that both teams will put unbeaten records on the line!
The Otters are the only team in the division still to sport an unbeaten record on their travels and Uplowman have one of just two unbeaten home records – the other is held by Kentisbeare.
Otters boss Dave Fairweather says: “Let’s hope that the weather allows us to play as this is the sort of challenge I’d like to think our players will embrace with everything they have! There’s no doubt in my mind that Uplowman will go into the game feeling that they owe us one after we took away their season-long unbeaten record last month. We have the players and the desire to go there and get a result.”
The Otters hopes of a fifth straight victory are boosted with the return to the team of last season’s leading scorer Adam Harris. However, they are without Tom Collins who is away.
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The Ottery St Mary Reserves team have more reason than most to hope that the weather improves sufficiently for them to get a game on Saturday. They are set to entertain Bampton Reserves and, if they do play, it will be the first time in nine weeks that the Otters second team have got onto the pitch.
Fairweather says: “It’s a big worry in terms of the second team’s lack of games. The lads have been turning out in good numbers for training, but what they do need are matches.”
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The search for a permanent boss for the Ottery St Mary Reserves draws near after the club met with a possible candidate in the week.
Fairweather says: “We have spoken with a person who we feel could well be the ideal fit. For me this is such an important post to fill as it means so much for the clubs future in terms of the bigger picture. I am so keen to see a natural progression from the clubs youth teams into the senior teams and the second team has a huge part to play in all that. That’s why I am so keen to have the right person looking after the second team. I want us to be able to operate a system whereby the team selection for the next match is just that – considered selection dependent on ability, fitness and what that player can bring to the team. In a perfect world the second team would have within its numbers players that, in all positions, could step up into the first team. We can get there, and indeed I am determined that we will eventually arrive at that scenario here at Ottery St Mary Football Club.”