Last-minute Grover goal sees Ottery St Mary AFC net tenth win of campaign

Ottery St Mary Football Club left it late to secure a tenth win in 11 Scott Richards Solicitors Devon League South and West matches.

They defeated hosts Roselands 2-1 on an artificial surface in South Devon.

Ottery, who went into the game having not conceded a goal in more than seven hours of action, made a good start and controlled much of the first-half.

They deservedly netted on ten minutes when Jordan Burrows climbed highest in a crowded area to head home a Danny Pym corner.

The Otters continued to open up the home side throughout the first-half, but they were guilty of missing a number of excellent chances to add to their lead with Matt Webb and Luka Nickles both losing out to the home glovesman in one-on-one situations.

At the other end of the pitch, goalkeeper Jacob O’Callaghan did not have a save to make as Ottery trooped off at half-time with the 1-0 lead.

Roselands began the second-half on the front-foot and did have a couple of long-range shots that flew wide of the mark before they levelled with a fine finish from Saul Vanez in the 50th minute.

Ottery introduced Liam Carey and Connor Swingler from the bench to add extra creativity.

However, time after time, the Otters were denied by a combination of the impressive Rosleands goalkeeper and centre-back Tom Dunlop.

Inside the final ten minutes, Ottery boss Billy Rouse joined the action.

With centre-back Dunlop receiving then a red card, Ottery went in search of one final scoring opportunity.

Indeed, they fashioned a number with Rouse and Carey linking well prior to a Pete Grover header flashing fractionally wide of the match.

Carey then released Matt Webb, but he was denied again by the home glovesman.

There was just a minute left when Burrows burst from left back before unleashing Webb down the left hand side and he skipped past two challenges before pulling the ball back to Grover on the edge of the six-yard box.

He made no mistake, sparking wild celebrations from the Otters.

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