Ottery St Mary stepped up their pre-season preparations with a comfortable 2-0 win against Budleigh Salterton.
The fixture was played to celebrate the life of much cherished and long-serving member Monty Perry, who sadly passed away earlier this year.
With many players returning and fitness levels improving Ottery started brightly, forcing Budleigh onto the back foot.
With the attacking line of Luka Nickles, Ashley Small and Marcus Fanson linking well, the Otters created a host chances together with a flurry of corners and centre back Ben Lawrence was guilty of poor finishing when he saw two weak efforts easily saved by the Budleigh glovesman before he missed a free header from just six yards out!
Jamie Fanson was next to go close when the Budleigh keeper produced the save of the match to deny his wonderful left footed drive which was destined for the bottom corner of the net.
Credit to Budleigh, they dug deep and played some slick football of their own, but unfortunately, for their travelling support, they were kept at arms length by the impressive Otters back line.
The deadlock was eventually broken when Luka Nickles showed neat foot work before passing to Marcus Fanson who skipped a challenge before rifling an unstoppable drive from the edge of the box into the far right corner.
A single goal lead was soon a 2-0 advantage with Fanson netting again, this time from the penalty spot after Nickles was brought down in the area.
After the break there was a noticeable drop in terms of intensity as both sides rang the changes. However, it was Ottery who remained on the front foot.
Fanson was denied his hat-trick when the Robins’ goalkeeper denied him with a smart save.
Soon after, Charlie Cox latched onto a through-ball from Lorin Newcombe. However, having controlled the ball with the perfect touch, with the goal at his mercy, he opted for power over placement only to see his shot fly high over the bar.
There was an impressive contribution from 16-year-old Jack Drew-Cull, who did everything but score in the second half as he caused problems late on but was denied by some great last ditch defending. The only negative from the game was an unfortunate late tackle which looks to leave Charlie Cox sidelined for a while.
However, that single incident was no representation of Budleigh who were a credit to their new management team.