Otters in the Firewatch Devon Senior Cup Final
- Credit: Devon FA
Ottery St Mary Reserves can bring down the curtain on an extraordinarily difficult season by claiming a magnificent League and Cup double on Saturday.
After securing the Joma Devon & Exeter League Division 2 East title in dramatic fashion, the Otters will take on North Devon club Northam Lions at Coach Road in Newton Abbot, kick-off 2pm.
It is a magnificent opportunity for Ottery Reserves, who last won the Devon Senior Cup in 1988, when a stunning hat-trick from substitute Pip Perryman helped secure a 5-1 win over Elmore Reserves.
After a walkover against Dunkeswell Rovers at the first stage of this Cup, Ottery battled to a 1-0 win at home to Plymouth-based club DC Auto Repairs in the last 16.
The visitors actually started the game better on that day in early May and posed a huge physical test for the Otters, who were given a significant extra challenge when reduced to 10 men after the dismissal of Gabriel Leustian for two yellow cards.
Despite this setback, Ottery continued to defend with incredible disciple and resilience, with the ultimate reward coming from a brilliant solo winner by Rikki Pitter.
It was a result that set the platform for a season-defining week, as Ottery followed this victory with a crucial 2-0 win at Axminster Town Reserves in the league, three points that proved decisive in the league title race, as the Otters eventually pipped the Tigers by a single point.
On to the quarter-finals, and Ottery had another visit from a Plymouth side, with Tamar View arriving on May 18, but this proved to be a lot more comfortable.
Sam Pyne scored a hat-trick, Cory Holman a double and further goals from Pitter, Matt Ayres and Tony Cox booked a semi-final meeting with Galmpton United from Torbay, while the Northam Lions hosted Axminster Town Reserves.
The Lions secured their place in the final with a penalty shoot-out win over the Tigers and it was a similar affair at Galmpton, where goals from Pitter ensured a 2-2 draw.
Ottery converted all seven of their first penalties and when Galmpton struck the woodwork, it was game on for this weekend.
Good luck Ottery.