Ottery St Mary book semi-final place in Golesworthy Cup

Ottery at home to Kentisbeare. Ref shsp 14-16TI 8356. Picture: Terry Ife

Ottery at home to Kentisbeare. Ref shsp 14-16TI 8356. Picture: Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

A blow to Ottery St Mary’s Fresha Division Five promotion hopes was softened by Golesworthy Cup progress this week.

The Washbrook Meadows side lost 1-3 to Priory at home on Saturday.

They had taken the lead through a Ben Rushton penalty before the visitors deservedly took control.

Ottery boss Dave Fairweather said: “Priory punished us. Without playing particularly well, we spurned numerous gilt-edged chances. It was very disappointing.”

The Otters Man-of-the-match was goalkeeper Duncan Smith.

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The defeat left Ottery needing to win both their remaining games, and for promotion rivals Kentisbeare to lose theirs, to land a top-three spot.

In the cup, Ottery beat Sidmouth 3rds 4-1 at Washbrook Meadows on Tuesday evening.

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They were lucky to go in level and goalless at half-time after a lacklustre display, but fared far better in the second half.

Braces from man-of-the-match Adam Harris and Tom Collins landed the home side a semi-final berth against Otterton.

The Otters take on Halwill in the league away on Saturday (May 7) with a 3pm kick-off, before travelling to Kentisbeare on Wednesday, 6.30pm kick-off.

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