Swingler at the double as Ottery win at Otterton

Ottery at home to North Tawton. Ref shsp 02-18TI 6091. Picture: Terry Ife

Ottery at home to North Tawton. Ref shsp 02-18TI 6091. Picture: Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

Ottery St Mary were 3-1 winners in their Macron League Division Three derby match at Otterton.

The Otters, who had lost all three previous derby outings this season – losing home and away to Tipton and going down 2-1 to Otterton in the game played at Ottery earlier in the season - scored twice in the first half with Connor Swingler netting both. The two goal half-time lead was no more than the Otters deserved for an impressive all-round show.

Straight from the re-start Otterton halved the deficit, but Ottery remained disciplined, organised and inventive going forward and sealed the points with a late third scored by Corey Ringer. That was the second goal in as many starts for the Ottery hit man, who had gone eight games without a goal before netting the winners seven days before in the home win over Clyst Valley.

Otters boss Dave Fairweather said: “We played very well and fully deserved the three points. If anything I felt we ought to have won by a greater margin. We could, possibly should, have scored many more.”

The Ottery boss added: “Lets give bags of credit to them [Otterton] for getting the game on. That said conditions were so heavy, they almost bordered on the ridiculous!”

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Ottery skipper Curtis Winchombe was named Man of the Match for his superb shift. The win makes it five on the trot for the Otters, and a seventh win of the Macron League Division Three season, and they are up to sixth and are now just six points shy of a top four slot.

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