Otters looking for revenge on cup visit to Axmouth United

Ottery at home to Otterton. Ref shsp 11-17TI 8568. Picture: Terry Ife

Ottery at home to Otterton. Ref shsp 11-17TI 8568. Picture: Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

Ottery St Mary have revenge in mind when they visit Axmouth United in a Grandisson Cup quarter-final tie on Saturday (2.30pm).

Otters boss Dave Fairweather explained saying: “We played them [Axmouth United] four seasons ago in the semi-final of the Golesworthy Cup and lost 1-0 after extra-time. In that game we had a ‘goal’ chalked off as the match official was not sure if the ball had hit the back of the net and so consulted with their linesman who said it hadn’t when almost everyone, including their players, knew it had!

“That said, these things happen, but I also believe what goes comes round and I’ll be looking for us to exact some sport of revenge, the sweetest sort being a place in the last four of the cup.”

The Otters have not played since a 3-2 defeat to Otterton in their final Macron League Division Four game of the season on March 11.

However, the three way lay-off is not something that concerns the Otters boss who says: “I feel it will have done us good as some of the players did look mentally tired.

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“They have all trained well and I am confident that they will all be fully focussed for this game which is very important in terms of keeping our season going.”

Defeat at Axmouth on Saturday would mean the Otters would only have the Golesworthy Cup quarter-final tie against Otterton, being played at Ottery on Wednesday, April 12, left in their campaign.

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The Otters travel to Axmouth with a fully fit squad and welcome back goalkeeper Hugh Court for the first time this year. The glovesman has missed the last three months with injury, but trained with the squad in midweek and it ready to resume his place between the posts.

Another to train, and also now fully fit, is the club’s talisman skipper Matty Daly.

Fairweather says: “Axmouth are two divisions above us and will probably regard themselves as favourites.

“However, we are ambitious and not without good quality and given that we got there with a full strength team it’s a great test for us to measure ourselves against higher opposition with half an eye on next season.”

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