Feniton held as glovesman Ashford stars in draw with Hatherleigh

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Feniton were looking to build on last weeks impressive victory over league leaders Newtown and welcomed bogey side Hatherleigh to Acland Park.

Fenny knew they were going to have a tough game as they haven’t beaten Hatherleigh for the past three seasons. Matters weren’t helped with them going into the game without five regulars!

Despite the short numbers Fenny started brightly and put together some decent passing moves. It wasn’t until 30minutes when Fenny got their first decent chance, a ball from Dyer found Ede who tried to play Selley through, but the pass eluded Selley and the defender to allow the ball to run straight into the path of Ben Allen who with a lot of time hit the goalie.

A couple minutes later Allen had another chance when he made himself space on the edge of the box, but his fierce shot was wide of the mark.

With half-time approaching Alken was upended outside of the area. The resulting free-kick it was a carbon copy of the previous week’s goal with the ball being controlled by Phil Everett before Fenny player-boss Ben Ede curled it into the top corner to give his side an interval lead.


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The second half saw the game open up and was end to end. Both sides missed half chances.

The equalising goal came 15minutes into the half with the Hatherleigh winger allowed too much time and space to pick a cross to find Greg Mitchell who steered a free header past a stranded Luke Ashford in the Feniton goal.

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A couple minutes later Hatherleigh could have gone ahead, but for some top class saves from Ashford the shoreline stayed at 1-1. A superb double save with his feet from close range and a long range effort tipped over the crossbar was what was required from the again impressive Fenny gloves man.

Up the other end a run and cross by Ede found the head of Selley, but his effort rebounded off the post.

Hatherleigh then hit the crossbar after a corner wasn’t cleared.

With five minutes remaining a long ball from Dyer was nodded across goal by Everett into the path of Ede, everyone was expecting him to get the winner, but his effort wasn’t a great connection and flew wide of the goal.

Fenny boss Ede said: “Before the game I think I would have taken a draw especially with the players we had out, but after the chances we missed I’m disappointed that we dropped points. We should have been 3-0 up at half-time. It’s very frustrating that after an excellent result last week we stuttered this week. It’s been the outcome for most of the season taken one step forward and two backwards.

“Luke Ashford was outstanding yet again and deservedly got the Man of the Match award. Young defender George Southall-Brown also impressed with a solid shift at left back.

“We still have plenty of football to play so we will go again and look for three points in our next match which is on Wednesday away at Heavitree.”

Team: Ashford, Jefford (French), Blackmore, Dyer, Southall-Brown, Allen, Mark Kingdon, Matt Kingdon (c), Everett, Ede, Selley

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