Badcott stars as Feniton Under-16s edge closer to title triumph

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Feniton Under-16s now know that two wins from their final two games and they will be crowned Exeter and District Youth League champions after they recorded a magnificent Easter Saturday 4-1 success at Whipton Youth.

Fenny went into the game at the home of the side who topped the table before kick-off with a clear game plan and steely determination. Changes to the line-up saw Sam Ayers taking the place of the unavailable leading goalscorer Oscar Walsh, and what an impact he made chasing every ball and pressing the opposition throughout.

Feniton showed great composure in taking the game to their Exeter based hosts and took a deserved lead on twenty minutes when a corner from Branden Simsek was met with a bullet header by Jack Hobday. Within five minutes the lead was doubled when a defence-splitting ball from Garreth Blackmore was finished by Sam Ayers from just outside the box.

Feniton were now dominating the game and a third came on the half hour mark when winger Branden Simsek sped past the Whipton defence to smash it home for a deserved 3-0 lead. At 3-0 Whipton knew they had to score and gave themselves a chance with a goal direct from a free-kick five minutes from the break.

However, in Ayers Feniton had pace to burn and he broke away before being clipped by the goalkeeper with the resulting penalty dispatched by Simsek to make it 4-1 to Feniton at half time.


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The second half saw Feniton having to defend manfully and with Captain Chris Badcott in imperious form alongside his centre half Tristan Hawkins Whipton were unable to score with the final result being 4-1 to Feniton.

The Fenny Man of the Match award went to their outstanding skipper Chris Badcott.

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Next up for title-chasing Fenny is an Acland Park meeting on Saturday (April 22) with West Exe Exiles in what promises to be another titanic match.

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