Otters start new year in form

At last, everything fell into place for Ottery St Mary.

Manager Dane Bunney had a full squad available - in fact he had dropped two players from the squad completely - and had 16 players ready for their home battle with Galmpton Gents.

“I had options on the bench and the subs I made - taking off a full back for a striker - changed the game. Everyone played their part,” Bunney said.

The players enjoyed the home win so much that they had a full turn out for midweek training and it all looks good for a cracker away at Alphington on Saturday.

Miles Easton was the hero of the day, scoring all four goals on his home debut.

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Easton, still only a teenager, is the brother of player Lance Easton, and was recently signed from Elburton Villa. Easton scored early, but Ottery were then ‘battered’ by Gents. “But that’s what has been happening to us, so we were due a bout of luck,” Bunney added. “If we had gone in 4-1 down we could not have complained!”

Ottery started the second half strongly and gradually stamped their mark on the match. Subs helped the cause and only a late consolation goal earned Gents their second. The defence at last held firm and were much more organised and the team adapted well when Gents went down to 10 men after a second half sending off.

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“We all enjoyed it. We have been playing well, but having no luck, so it’s about time it changed in our favour.

“Some of our Exeter-based players have links to Alphington so the match will have a real derby feel to it,” Bunney added.

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