Thursday, October 17, 2013
Otterton 6, St Martins Reserves 3 (after extra-time)
Otterton made it eight wins from as many outings this term with another silky all-round performance as they made Football Express Cup progress at the expense of the previously unbeaten Division Five leaders.
A sloppy start saw Otterton fall behind to a penalty, but parity was restored just before the break thanks to a superbly delivered Lee Mitchell free-kick that was headed home by Kevin Pitt and then some superb individual skill from Jon Dack saw Otterton take a 2-1 lead into the break.
The visitors began the second half well and levelled, but thereafter got little joy thanks to the excellent Otters defence, superbly marshalled by Adam Williams. Both sides sought to find a winning goal; Pit, Si Tuley and the impressive Ryan Mitchell went close for the Otters whilst St Martins hit the frame of the goal.
Both teams then lost players to red cards and the tie went into extra-time. It was Otterton who played the better football in this period and they deservedly went ahead with Pitt the scorer and Ryan Mitchell providing the assist. Pitt’s third made it 4-2 and, when Tuley made it five for the Otters it looked game over! St Martin’s struck back to make it 5-3, but a 30-yard strike from Tuley ended the scoring to see Otterton into the next round.
Manager Pete McLean said: “We clearly have a great squad of players here and yet again I had over 15 players to choose form. We have shown great form this season and the team spirit is second to none. The lads deserve a huge pat on the back for this particular shift.”
On Saturday the Otters travel to Exwick Villa.