Crediton United 9 - Ottery St Mary 1

South West Peninsula League East

CREDITON utterly dominated this Tuesday night match against an Ottery side that was simply no match for the home side.

After losing the last three games, all against lower opposition, something had to change and it was good to see the returning Simon Durrant as well as Matt Trenaman (who was superb at the back) with Jon Bradford and the enigmatic Lee Waring in goal.

Dave Lee was suspended after being sent off against Sidmouth.

Right from the off Crediton began brightly.

Kenny Ord went close in the 10th minute but the scoring began in the 20th minute with new boy Ben Perry finishing off a fine move from a Sam Stapleton cross. 1-0.

Two minutes later it was indeed 2-0 as another Sam Stapleton cross eluded the defence and was gobbled up at the far post by Ollie Snow.

A Jonny Bradford tap-in made it three on 38 minutes as Crediton surged forward and a fourth just before half-time capped off a clinical performance as Ollie Snow took advantage of a defensive error to stroke the ball home.

So, with Crediton 4-0 up at half-time it looked bleak for the Otters young side.

It got worse almost immediately as Kenny Ord scored the goal of the night with a stunning free kick which flew into the Ottery net with the keeper nowhere.

The cries of “Creddyead” were heard in the land as Lee Waring joined the party in his own inimitable fashion.

There is no-one as boisterous and vociferous as Lee when he gets going and it thoroughly amused the Ottery travelling few who by now needed something to cheer them up.

It didn’t happen though and in the 65th minute a cross from Jon Bradford was finished off by Kenny for his second and Crediton’s sixth of the night.

It was one of those days where Kenny could have scored many more if the luck had gone his way.

Simon Durrant made the score 8-0 as he finished off another sweeping move and substitute Leyton Cooper waltzed through the now completely drained defence to make it 9-0 to the Kirton.

With 15 or so minutes left it was a question of when the 10th goal came but in true football fashion it didn’t.

Instead it was Ottery who managed a consolation goal with almost the last kick of the game.

Astonishingly Crediton have now scored 83 goals in the league which is only bettered by leaders Torpoint and by Brixham and Newton Abbot Spurs.

The defence on this occasion was much more effective and the whole team appeared more balanced and in control.

A trip to Plymouth Marjons followed by a home game against Elburton comes next before we round off the league for the season with a trip to Cullompton.

Crediton team: Waring, Eginton, Hoskins, Bradford, Groome, Trenaman, Perry, Durrant, Ord, Stapleton and Snow. Subs: Heywood, Cooper and Cottrell.

Man of the Match: Jon Bradford.

Paul Whittall