Otters are back – and winning!

 Otters are back – and winning!

Ottery St Mary made sure the football ‘re-start’ was as successful as the club had been in the period from the start of the 2020/21 campaign and Lockdown III with the club’s three senior teams all winning their games over the Easter weekend.

Ottery’s first team were in Friday night friendly home action, winning 4-3 against the second team of Toolstation Western League Buckland Athletic.

Lorin Newcombe netted a brace in the seven-goal ‘thriller’ with the other Ottery goals coming from Liam Carey and Luca Nichols. Sadly, with the Scott Richards Solicitors Devon League now ended, Ottery boss Billy Rouse is left with the proposed Devon League Cup competition and so these such friendly matches are ideal preparation for his squad , and of course, the Otters boss will also have one eye on the start of the 2021/22 season in four months time.

Ottery St Mary Reserves gave their Division Two East title chances a real boost as they secured a 2-1 home win over Exeter United and then heard news from Millwey Rise that the only side to sit above the Otters in the table, Axminster Town Reserves, had dropped points for the first time following a 1-1 draw at Cloakham Lawns.

A Connor Swingler goal plus an own goal saw Ottery to the points against Exeter United.

Next up for Ashley Smith and the Ottery second team is a trip to Pinhoe on Saturday (3pm).

Ottery St Mary Development XI sit joint top with Falcons at the top of Division Four East after a 2-1 win at Lympstone Reserves.

The Ottery goals were scored  by Carl Wilson and an own goal.

The win sets up an Easter Monday clash with Falcons – sadly a game that has to be played behind closed doors owing to government guidance with regard to the pandemic.

Stephen Birley

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