Ottery St Mary all set for Kentisbeare clash

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Ottery St Mary return to Macron League Division Four action tomorrow (Saturday) when they entertain Kentisbeare at Washbrook Meadow.

The Kents are old adversaries of the Otters for the two teams have enjoyed successive promotions together since meeting in Division Six two years ago.

Kentisbeare are one of three Macron league Four teams yet to be beaten. Success in cup competitions for the Mid Devon side has restricted their league action and they come to Ottery having won four and drawn one of the five matches they have played so far.

Ottery boss Dave Fairweather says: “They [Kentisbeare] are a strong side. I mean that in every sense for whilst they are a team of good players, they also have a physical side.

“For our part it’s so important that we concentrate on what we are best at. Kentisbeare had a terrific result last weekend when they beat Willand Rovers in a cup tie and so they will be brimming with confidence.

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“We need a high tempo start, move the ball around as well as I know we can and take the game to them.

“The lads were superb in training on a very wet Tuesday night when we worked hard on aspects of the game that we think we need to be aware of for this game.”

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There one aspect of his team’s play so far this season that the Ottery boss is not happy with, something he explained saying: “Far too often this season we have sat back and invited teams onto us. Invariably the opposition has done just that and got a foothold in the contest. We need to be more aggressive in what we do without losing the sight of the fact that we are a good passing team and, on our pitch with the wide open spaces. A passing team will, or certainly should, always prosper against a side that perhaps don’t pass the ball as well.”

Jake Allen and Ben Rushton are both unavailable for the match, but other than that Fairweather has a fully fit squad to select from for the game which kicks-off at 2.15pm.

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