Thursday, January 17, 2013
Feniton 7, Budleigh Salterton Reserves 2
The rain was teeming down as Budleigh Salterton Reserves made the journey to Feniton, writes SpursTom.
In the knowledge that the majority of the Fresha League fixtures had already been washed out, the Robins travelled in continuing bad weather wondering if their game would be played.
What is clear is that the Budleigh boss is keen to play, feeling that his team would be capable of causing an upset. Upon arrival at Acland Park, Feniton, it is also clear that the hosts are just as keen to pay to avoid having to find a date for yet another re-arranged game.
The game was switched from the waterlogged main pitch to the sloping and narrower surface used by the Feniton second team.
The Robins made a great start, won a fifth minute corner which is cleared at the expense of a throw-in. When the ball was back in play it fell nicely into the path of defender Zack Pearce who saw his shot take a deflection before nestling in the corner of the net to put Budleigh one up!
A minute later the hosts look set to level only for Jordan Hockold to deny them with a good save.
Injury struck the Robins in the eighth minute when goal scorer Pearce pulled a hamstring and he limped out of the action with James Nicholls taking over on the left side of the defence.
More Feniton pressure was then repelled by a Carl Everest header. The resultant corner was not cleared and the ball struck the frame of the goal before being held by a grateful Hockhold.
Feniton protested that it crossed the line, but the referee said no and this scribe happened to be close enough to say, with full integrity that the ball did not completely cross the line!
Budleigh, playing with a diamond shaped formation employing a sweeper, held their own for long periods against the unbeaten hosts. Callum Shipton was a whisker away from doubling the Robins lead with his shot rising enough to just clear the bar.
The home side levelled just before the half hour when the lively Paul Dowling scored. Minutes later the hosts were forced into a change with the injured Stuart Blackmore making way for Kieran Johnson. On 32 minutes Feniton took the lead when the ball sailed over a defender enabling former Seaton Town skipper Ben Ede to run clear and slot past Hockhold to net his first Feniton goal since his pre-Christmas switch to Acland Park.
Back came the Robins and they would surely have gone in to the break deservedly on level terms but for a stunning double save by home keeper Matt Kingdon.
After the break, playing up the significant slop and with the elements also against them it looked a tough ask for the Robins. However, to their credit, they endeavoured to take the game to the hosts and it was they who went closest to opening the second half scoring.
The Feniton response was to strike straight back and they were again denied by another fine Hockhold save.
The game slipped away from Budleigh in a ten minute spell during which time the home side scored four times! Ede doubled his tally with Feniton’s third in the 58th minute. Jack Greenslade replaced Josh Kirby for the hosts and Dowling made it 4-1 in the 62nd minute. Four minutes later Andrew Jones added the fifth and the flurry of goals was rounded off with a 68th minute sixth from Charlie Selley.
The industrious Callum Shipton, who has run his heart out for the Robins’ cause, was replaced by Aiden Martin and Feniton also introduced fresh legs in the shape of John Phillips.
Budleigh, digging deep in terms of pride began to play some of their best football of the campaign. They passed the ball superbly and there was plenty of good movement on, and off the ball. The Feniton goal led a charmed life with keeper Kingdon making some smart saves, though he was beaten in the 75th minute when Brett Gloyn scored.
Both sides create further chances, but just one more goal was scored, that by the home sides Dave O’Connor with virtually the last kick of the contest.
Finally on a wet, windy and cold January afternoon I not only met the legendary Colin Goodwin, the stalwart complier of news and reports on the Devon and Exeter League, I watched the team I make favourite to win the Premier Division Championship. I also believe that, with a little more conviction and application Budleigh could still avoid the drop.
Teams: Feniton – Matthew Kingdom, Martin Swannel, Stuart Blackmore, Mark Simic, Josh Fenwick, Mark Kingdom, Andrew Jones, David O’Connor, Paul Dowling, Charlie Selley, Ben Ede. Subs: Kieran Johnson and John Phillips (played).
Budleigh Salterton – Jordan Hockold, Mike Pidgeon, Dave Radford, Zack Pearce, Josh Sale, Brett Gloyn, Richard Higham, Callum Shipton, Carl Everest, Josh Kirby, Karl Riddell. Subs: James Nicholls, Jack Greenslade, Aiden Martin (all played), Liam West, John Killick, and Darren Everest.