Wright wonder strike seals it

PUBLISHED: 09:01 03 December 2009 | UPDATED: 12:25 10 June 2010

A BRACE of wonder strikes helped Exmouth Amateurs seal a 4-1 derby win over Otterton on Saturday, writes Ross England.

A BRACE of wonder strikes helped Exmouth Amateurs seal a 4-1 derby win over Otterton on Saturday, writes Ross England.

Whilst a 4-1 score line might suggest something of a stroll this was, in fact, anything but as Otterton, despite their lowly top flight status, put in a battling shift.

The game was played in appalling conditions and it was great credit to both sides and, indeed, the referee, that the game was played to a conclusion.

Ammies took the lead in the first minute, when Adam Bartlett was played through and coolly lobbed the keeper.

Ammies dominated the game and increased their lead in the 24th minute, when Tom Matthews latched on to a loose ball and lashed into the net from twenty five yards.

Otterton started the second half very brightly and their adventurous approach paid dividends when they halved the deficit with a fine goal.

With conditions deteriorating by the minute, Otterton pressed for an equaliser and Ammies keeper, Ben Maddison, was called into action, making a couple of superb saves.

Having weathered the Otterton storm, Ammies regained a foothold in the game and Tim Wright restored their two goal advantage when he hit a shot from fully 40 yards that flew into the net with lightning speed.

The scoring was completed when Nobby Taras's intelligent play set up Josh Hill to put the game beyond any doubt at 4-1 to the Ammies.

Great credit must go to an Otterton side who never gave up and fully contributed to an excellent game of football, played in driving rain and almost complete darkness at the end.

Both the Ammies Reserves and Third team games were washed out.

This Saturday, the Ammies 1st team entertain Willand Rovers Reserves, who will have in their side former Exeter City striker Dean Stamp, who was the subject of a £10,00 transfer from the Grecians to Truro City a couple of seasons ago.

This term, the young hitman has fallen out of favour with the Mid Devon side's first team but is proving a real asset to the Reserves, scoring twice in last weekend's surprise win at high-flying Sidmouth Town.

This weekend there is no game for the Ammies Thirds, whilst the Reserves are on the road, they go to Axminster Town.

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