Rogers brace as Ottery St Mary ease into next round of Football Express Cup

Ottery first team line up. From top left Adam Harris, Dale Strawbridge, Sean Ford, Mike Dawe, Duncan

Ottery first team line up. From top left Adam Harris, Dale Strawbridge, Sean Ford, Mike Dawe, Duncan Smith, Ben Dawe, James Gosney, Phil Paddison,From bottom left Nick Feeney, Connor Swingler, Jordan Rogers, Calum Rogers, Nick Searle, Matt daly, Sam Sharpe. Ref shsp 4248-37-14SH Picture: Simon Horn - Credit: Archant

The Otters kept maintained their perfect start to the season with a superb 4-2 win at home to Feniton Reserves in the Football Express Cup.

What made the victory all the more impressive was that the opposition arrived at Washbrook Meadow sitting top of the division above the one that Ottery currently top!

Both teams started well showing equal levels of desire to claim the place in the next round.

Ottery made early advances; Sean Ford’s shot from 18-yards was comfortably saved by the keeper and a Nick Searle effort from fully 30-yards narrowly missed the target.

Feniton carried a clear threat on the counter and, in one such sortie into Otters territory drew a five save from Duncan Smith.

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It was Otters striker Adam Harris who broke the deadlock on the half hour and then Connor Swingler latched onto a Ben Dawe clearance before setting off on a mazy run that ended with the width of the post denying the hosts a second. It was against the run of play when the visitors were awarded a fortuitous penalty that saw things levelled up at 1-1. The Otters clearly felt aggrieved at the spot kick decision, but their response was clinical! Three goals in the ten minutes following the award sealed the game for the home side. Swingler tucked away a penalty after he had been hauled down, Callum Rogers found the back of the net with a cross-cum-shot and then Rogers doubled his tally to make it 4-1 with a sublime strike from just inside the area.

There was just one goal scored in the second half, with the visitors reducing the arrears. However, the Otters were close to a fifth when Harris weaved his way around countless Feniotn players before thumping the ball against the upright and Matt Saly’s close range shot flew over the bar.

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Callum Rogers was named the Otters Man of the Match.

Tomorrow (Saturday) there’s more cup action for Mike Dawe’s men when they go to Mid Devon to meet Uplowman Athletic in the Devon Intermediate Cup (2pm).

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