Ringer nets hat-trick as Otters impress in win at Axmouth

Ottery's 1st team at home to East Budleigh. Ref shsp 39 18TI 1711. Picture: Terry Ife

Ottery's 1st team at home to East Budleigh. Ref shsp 39 18TI 1711. Picture: Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

Ottery St Mary’s leading scorer Corey Ringer took his tally for the season to eight goals from just seven starts with a hat-trick in the Otters’ 5-1 Macron League Division Three win at Axmouth United.

Ottery's 1st team at home to East Budleigh. Ref shsp 39 18TI 1709. Picture: Terry Ife

Ottery's 1st team at home to East Budleigh. Ref shsp 39 18TI 1709. Picture: Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

All three of Ringer’s goals came from open play. Dan Jewell scored with a terrific header and the other Ottery goal was an own goal.

The win ended a run of four straight defeats in league and cup and sets the team up nicely for tomorrow’s visit to a Sandford side that sit eighth, two places above the Otters, but ahead only on goal difference.

A delighted Otters boss Dave Fairweather said: “We needed that in terms of performance and result. Without wishing to sound like a cracked record, I say again that I do not believe in the old cliché of you need a win to build confidence.

“No, in my book it’s the other way round; you need the confidence to go out and get your just desserts and we got ours at Axmouth. We scored some good goals with lots of enterprising attacking play and I shall be looking for more of the same at Sandford on Saturday.”


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He continued: “Another pleasing aspect of the Axmouth win was that we were playing without injured skipper Kurt Winchombe or Chris Ambrose, so it does underline the squad strength we are building. Connor Lovering had a fine game in midfield.”

As for the Sandford game, Fairweather says: “They [Sandford] are something of a bogey side to me and it’s a fact that we have had some tough afternoons up there before. Their pitch is certainly a big leveller, but then, we have been up there enough times to know exactly what we are going to get and I don’t expect anything different this time. The key for us is that we play as we did at Axmouth where we played football for the full 90 minutes, not the 80 that we managed against East Budleigh before we capitulated to lose the points.”

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The Ottery ladies are back in action on Sunday. Indeed there are two matches on offer at Washbrook Meadow on Sunday afternoon with a 1pm kick-off for a friendly fixture involving the Ottery Under-18 side and then, at 2pm, the Otterettes go head-to-head with Plainmoor in a Devon Women’s League match.

Last Sunday, the Otterettes were impressive in the way they defeated visiting Axminster Town ladies, beating them 5-3 thanks to a four goal haul from Meg Williams and one from Lauren West.

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