Ottery St Mary Reserves have uncertain future

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Ottery St Mary may well be a one-team club in the very near future, writes Steve Birley.

For a club of Ottery’s standing that would be a crying shame, but it’s a situation that seems to be happening at a lot of clubs this season – especially after the recent spell of almost two months without football.

At a midweek training session just nine players turned up.

First team boss Dave Fairweather says: “I sent a text out to 40 different players this past week and the initial response I got was 16 saying yes, two letting me know they were unavailable and the rest, well your guess is as good as mine!”

He continued: “It’s shame as we have a smashing club at Ottery, but do seem to have enough committed players to field two teams.”


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Fairweather takes his team to Hatherleigh for their latest Fresha League Division Five outing. Adam Harris is unavailable as he is on a training course and James Gosney is also missing. Given that the Otters beat Hatherleigh 7-1 in December, does complacency worry Fairweather?

He says: “I’ll not accept any form of complacency and I’d like to think the players understand that. Those lads that are currently committed to the cause are a great bunch of very genuine footballers and I am confident that, if we can keep the momentum going and ensure good availability then we can go on and get a second successive promotion.

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“However, for me the bigger picture is that a club of our size and one that carries the ambitions we do, needs two teams and I, for one, would lament the loss of a second team.”

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