Late Ringer header nets Ottery first league win of new term

PUBLISHED: 08:38 06 October 2017 | UPDATED: 08:38 06 October 2017

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Ottery St Mary are without a game tomorrow (Saturday) as their scheduled opponents Thorverton, have been thrown out of the Bill Slee Cup - the side that lifted the trophy last season had apparently played an illegible player in the last round.

That all means that the Otters will now meet a North Tawton – who the Thors defeated in the first round - with the second round tie yet to be allotted a date.

Last weekend, the Otters were 3-2 Washbrook Meadow winners over Pinhoe to register a first win of the Macron League Division Three season at the third time of asking.

James Gosney and Connor Lovering fired the Otters into a 2-0 half-time lead, but the side slipped back into some ‘old habits’ after the break and individual mistakes were punished by the Pins who scored two goals of their own – one from the penalty spot – to level things up at 2-2 with just 10 minutes remaining.

The Otters dug deep and, to their credit, showed real character to get back on the front foot and it was no more than they deserved when, after a sweeping passing move, Corey Ringer rose highest in a crowded area to head home a cross and win the game for the Otters.

A delighted Ottery boss, Dave Fairweather said: “The first 45 minutes were comfortably as good as we have played this season. The lads got the basics right and it underlined that things we have worked on in the training ground are for a reason – and that reason was clearly seen on Saturday as we controlled the first half with some disciplined defending, slick passing in the middle third of the pitch and some clinical finishing.

He continued: “After the break things went wrong as the lads seemed to begin to defend too deeply and to such a degree that it invited pressure to build. Ultimately, it led to the two Pinhoe goals.

“However, I must praise the team for pulling their socks up, realising that they were on the brink of throwing a winning chance away and they deservedly won the game with that splendid header from Corey [Ringer].”

Amongst a number of fine individual performances, the Otters boss was quick to laud the efforts of four particular players. He said: “Ben [Dawe] was outstanding at the heart of our defence while Adam [Harris] and skipper Kurtis [Winchombe] controlled the middle third and Corey [Ringer] led the line superbly.”

The Otters will not waste their matchday tomorrow, instead they will have a full scale training session at their Washbrook meadow home to begin to play for the following Saturday’s (October 14) trip to Royal Oak.

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