Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Millwey Rise 9, Otterton 2
Otterton were well beaten in the final of the Devon Intermediate Cup East Area.
The game was fortunate to beat the weather, but it left a very wet, muddy Axminster surface for the players to contend with.
Despite the conditions, the Otters were simply outplayed by a Perry Street league side that knocked the ball around very efficiently.
The opening goal owed more to a defensive mix-up than any Milwey Rise inventiveness. After the defensive calamity Otters keeper Adam Williams took no further part in the game and it later emerged he had sustained a broken hand!
After Milwey Rise doubled their advantage a great ball from Simon Trim found the head of Ben Yeomans who rose well in to box to thump home a header and, with five minutes to go to the break, the Otters were back in the game.
Crucially the home side responded immediately, restored the two goal lead and went into the break with the advantage.
Otterton began the second half brightly and were in charge of play until more injury woe when centre back Dinky Thomas suffered a nasty injury that led to him being taken to hospital.
The next 15 minutes saw the game taken away form the Otters as Milwey Rise struck four times.
Otterton managed to grab a goal on 75 min after good work from Gary Williams found Lee Mitchell who managed to lob the stricken goalkeeper and defender from 18 yards to make it 7-2.
There were to be no further Otterton heroics as Milwey Rise bagged two more late goals to end emphatic winners.
Otterton’s great cup run is now over, but it was agreed that they went out to a far better team, arguably too strong for this version of the County Cup!
All the Otterton players can be very proud of their season’s efforts so far and the team would like to say a big thank you to all the supporters who made the trip for the game.
Post match came the news of the hand fracture for Adam Williams who has since had an operation and now begins the lengthy road to recovery.
Dinky Thomas is also likely to be out for some time after it was discovered he had suffered a bad knee injury.
Otterton are back in league action this Saturday when they travel to Met Office (3pm).