Tipton St John put Otters to the sword in derby meeting


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Tipton St John have banked four points from their opening two Macron Devon and Exeter league matches with a 2-2 draw at Clyst Valley on the opening day followed swiftly by a 3-1 derby win at Ottery St Mary in midweek.

The game at Clyst Valley saw the Tipton goals scored by Ash Baker and Glenn Salter.

Then, in a midweek evening game at the home of rivals Ottery St Mary, goals from Ashley Small, Sam Baker and Lewis Matthews secured the three points.

Tipton coach Dale Strawbridge said: “The game at Clyst Valley was one of those ‘game of two halves’ so, on reflection the draw was probably a fair outcome.”

It was a very different story in midweek however.

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The Tipton coach said: “We were actually disappointed not to win by a greater margin. We played, to a man, exceptionally well and had it not been for their goalkeeper I do think we’d have scored many more goals. From our point of view, it was all very encouraging.”

On Saturday (September 2), Tipton travel to Winkleigh for a Bill Slee Cup tie.

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Strawbridge says: “It’s something of a trip into the unknown for us as we have not played them [Winkleigh] for a few seasons.

“We are keen to do well in all competitions this year and, after a decent start to the league campaign, can travel to North Devon with confidence that we will be able to get a good result and make progress in the competition.”

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