Thursday, January 16, 2014
Hatherleigh 1, Feniton 1
The Blues dropped two points when they were unable to exact revenge for their one defeat of the Fresha season to date on their visit to North Devon.
Feniton had been beaten at Acland Park when Hatherleigh were with them before Christmas and boss Mark Kingdon had been hoping to keep up the pressure on top two Newtown and St Martins.
Both the top two won to edge further ahead of Feniton but a defiant Kingdon said: “Yes, it is two points dropped, but there’s plenty of football left in this season and we must not lose sight of the fact that we have only been beaten once this term. Newtown and St Martins have still to go head-to-head, something they have to do twice and I am sure Tiverton Town are going to have a say I things as well. Clearly the key for us is going to be to win our remaining games against the two teams above us and Tiverton Town and then hopefully we can sit back and watch the others take points off each other. This squad is certainly good enough to go on this season without suffering another defeat.”
The game at Hatherleigh saw Feniton take a 1-0 lead in an incident that might have seen the home side reduced to ten men. Dan Norman broke through to head towards the home goal when he was scythed down by a defender. Justice was done when Ben Ede thumped the free-kick home, but the referee chose not to dismiss the offending Hatherleigh player.
The hosts levelled early in the second half, but the Blues response was good as they began to dominate play. However, they were unable to unlock an efficient home defence and had to settle for a share of the spoils.
On Saturday Feniton are at Heavitree United. Kingdon says: “It’s a game we need to be winning.”
Feniton are in action tonight (Wednesday) when they visit Exmouth Town for a hastily arranged friendly. Ali Sawyer makes his return after injury and also included is Charlie Selley who missed the Hatherleigh game as he had only arrived back from a trip to Thailand the day before.
Kingdon said: “Charlie told me he was jetlagged and could not be with us at Hatherleigh! That was a shame as he might just have been the difference between us dropping the two points or bagging that elusive third goal in a tight contest that would have guaranteed the points.”