Ottery set for Kentisbeare trip

Otterton at home to Kentisbeare. Ref shsp 40-16TI 9027. Picture: Terry Ife

Otterton at home to Kentisbeare. Ref shsp 40-16TI 9027. Picture: Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

Ottery St Mary head for Kentisbeare on Saturday looking to take their current unbeaten run to an eighth game.

However, the Otters will have to do something that no one else in the Macron League Division Four has achieved this season and that is depart from the Kents home with something to show for their efforts! Kentisbeare have won all nine home games they’ve played so far in their league campaign.

The Otters can recall the talented Jake Allen who made an instant impression on his return from injury when he took to the pitch for the second half at Countess Wear last Sunday and helped the Otters to a 4-2 success that left them clear in fourth spot in the table.

Connor Lovering, James Gosney, Shane England and an own goal accounted for the Otetrs goals at Countess Wear.

Ottery boss Dave Fairweather said: “The lads were superb, especially in the second half when we blew them away with a great all-round shift. Had we scored 10 then I’d don’t think there’d have been much complaint from the home side.

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“When the lads play like that they can take on any side at this level. It’s those sort of heights we need to serve up in the last few games of the season.”

That win in Exeter came a couple of days after a Thursday night cup tie at home to Feniton Reserves that saw the Otters throw away a two-goal lead before edging through 7-6 in a dramatic penalty shoot-out.

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Both sides scored five of their first six spot kicks before Adam Harris drilled home the seventh for the home side and then Otters keeper Ben Rushden saved the seventh Feniton effort to book the hosts a last eight place in the Grandisson Cup.

Fairweather said: “That’s progress in two cups now and it also means our season is extended and that’s a good thing.”

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