Ottery St Mary boss speaks on the big game at Kentisbeare

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Ottery St Mary head for Macron Division Four title favourites Kentisbeare looking to deny the Mid Devon men a 10th straight home league success.

The Otters go into the game sitting fourth in the table and they know that in order to guarantee a top four finish they simply must win what is their penultimate league outing and final away game of the league campaign.

Otters boss Dave Fairweather was left disappointed with the regular midweek training session held at Washbrook Meadow on Tuesday night. He said: “The turnout was OK, but the work was not up to scratch and that concerns me.

“We have this huge game at Kentisbeare on Saturday and I have thought the lads would be all champing at the bit to take in the information I wanted to get across prior to the game.

“I am a great believer in what happens on the training ground dictates the match day operation and we were not good on Tuesday night.

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“However, the lads last Sunday, at Countess Wear, were simply awesome and that came on top of the fact that just two days before they had endured two hours of action followed by a tense and dramatic penalty shoot-out and yet, in the second half at Countess Wear the home side were unable to live with us.”

Fairweather knows what his team can expect at Kentisbeare. He said: “They [Kentisbeare] are an uncompromising lot and they’ll be up for this game. They’ll be desperate to make it 10 from 10 in terms of their home record and for me, it’s a simple case of wondering which Ottery St team the Kents will face?

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“Will it be what we saw at Countess Wear in a super second half, or will it be the lethargic team, we seemed to be in the mud at Sandford in early January when we lost 4-0.”

Fairweather continued: “I know which one I am hoping to see. In terms of our league ambitions our whole season rests on the outcome of our final two games. Bag maximum points and I am sure that will be enough to see us climb another rung in the Macron League ladder. That is something I am very keen to see the club do. So much is riding on this game at Kentisbeare.”

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