Ottery Reserves' valuable points
The benefits of having a 17-man squad added to a great performance for the whole 90 minutes saw Ottery Reserves reap their first points of the season.
The benefits of having a 17-man squad added to a great performance for the whole 90 minutes saw Ottery Reserves reap their first points of the season.Manager Mark Murrin's only worry pre-match was when keeper Chris Dinsdale had to pull out with a migraine just before kick-off but he happily donned the gloves himself. A nervy start saw the Otters give the ball away too easily and Sampford Peverell had the first shot, Murrin saving it on his second attempt. Buoyed by the clean sheet, Ottery pressed on, playing 4,5,1 with new first team signing Dean Goddard causing problems up front with his direct runs on goal. Brad Cook got on the scoresheet first, however, making it three goals from three games, his shot rebounding off the post into the net. Ottery pounced after the restart, got possession and Cook, Harry Mills and Theo Laycock cut down the visitors' play, Dean Goddard scoring a second. Murrin had a scare just before the break, conceding a corner but did well to push the ball over the bar. Carpanini gave the half time talk "keep it tight and keep going at them' but Ottery conceded a goal early in the second half. Skipper Steve Hunt went off after injuring his knee, replaced by Ethan King with Ash Bridson dropping from full back into the heart of defence. With Ottery creating more and more chances, Sampford were pinned in their half for much of the final stages. New signing Dan Knight and the newly fit Scott Halliday came on as subs and Halliday headed home Ottery's third goal five minutes from time. Man of the Match was Jack Collins who was always in the game and made some great breaks down the wing. Ottery need to keep this level of play up against Exmouth at home, 3pm.Ottery Reserves, back row from left: Aaron Carpanini, John Watson, Ernie Knight, Theo Laycock, Brad Cook, Chris Dinsdale, Ash Bridston, Sam Crezes, Jack Collins, Mark Murrin (manager). Front Row: Paul Reynolds, Ethan King, Bert Ford, Harry Mills, Dan Gill, Steve Hunt (Capt), Dean Goddard, Andy Davey.