Ottery St Mary set to stage ‘Super Sunday’ of football from noon

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There’s a double-header of football at the Washbrook Meadow home of Ottery St Mary on Sunday with both the ladies’ and the men’s teams in action.

There’s a noon kick-off for Ottery ladies versus Feniton ladies with that game being followed by the inaugural Ottery Challenge Cup, which sees Ottery take on Macron League Premier Division side Feniton (2pm).

The Otters go into the game amidst a good run of pre-season form with their latest outing seeing them win 6-2 at Lyme Regis last weekend.

Jake Allen, Matt Daly, James Gosney and Adam Harris were amongst the Ottery goal scorers in a game that saw them start sluggishly only to eventually seize control and go into the half-time break with a 2-0 lead.

However, the fact they led by two goals and not one was very much down to a super penalty save by Otters glovesman Hugh Court.


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The home side hit back early in the second half with the Otters caught out twice in defence, but once the visitors got over the shock of being pegged back they again assumed control and went on to win the match in some comfort.

A delighted Ottery manager Dave Fairweather said: “It was a good workout and another opportunity for me to give all 14 players on duty some game time.

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“I felt we made poor starts to both halves. The first half saw us begin in ultra-sluggish mode. However, the thing about this set of players is that they are both honest and intelligent and they don’t need me bellowing at them to tell them that we are not reaching the standards that we are more than capable of.”

The Ottery boss continued: “Once we got control of the game I felt we were good value for the interval lead, though I must confess to have been disappointed that we did not score more goals during the latter stages of the first half when we dominated.

“It was a combination of poor finishing and some outstanding goalkeeping that denied us more goals.

“We began the second half in similar sluggish fashion and the two goals they scored were ones that we should not be conceding - though one of them was clearly off-side!”

The Ottery boss had high praise for two players in particular.

He said: “I am so pleased for Hugh [goalkeeper Hugh Court] that he made that first-half penalty save. Hugh spent much of last season injured and he has been looking so good during this pre-season.”

The Ottery boss also singled out central midfielder Curtis Winchcombe, of whom he said: “Curtis has come to us during the summer and taken to us like a duck does to water.

“His presence in the engine room has given us something extra and I am looking forward to see him during the season. He has bags of energy and plays the game as if he is enjoying it. He has been our star-performer in two of the three pre-season games.”

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