Feniton hit by surprise defeat at struggling Kentisbeare


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Feniton suffered a surprise 4-2 defeat when they visited struggling Kentisbeare in their latest Macron Devon & Exeter League Premier Division outing.

Fenny went into the game with no fewer than seven first team regulars missing and were further hampered with the loss of right back Ryan Shrewsbury who succumbed to an early injury.

It was a youthful Fenny that played out the game with 10 of the squad aged 20 or younger.

There was no sign of what was to come as the game reached the 40th minute with Feniton a goal to the good with Oscar Walsh the scorer.

They were close to adding to their one goal lead as Cody Skinner saw a shot cannon back off the frame of the goal and Tom Badcott also went close.

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However, with what proved to be the final play of the first half the home side levelled things up, albeit with an element of good fortune as the ball fell kindly to their striker prior to him drilling it home.

A change of shape during the break had an adverse effect as, five minutes into the second half the Fenny back line failed to clear a free-kick and the ball was turned home from close range at the far post. Shortly after, the Kents punished an error as Fenny tried to play out from the back and it was suddenly 3-1!

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With 20 minutes remaining the game was over as a contest with the home side adding a fourth. Feniton did score next with assistant manager Mark Harris applying a superb finish with the assist down to Walsh, but it was all a case of too little, too late as Feniton ended well beaten.

Despite the defeat, Feniton stay second in the top flight, but chasing teams do have games in hand to overhaul them.

Fenny don't have long to ponder this disappointing defeat for they are back in action on Thursday (March 12) night when they meet Lyme Regis in a Morrison Bell Cup quarter-final tie being played at the Washbrook Meadow home of Ottery St Mary (7.30pm).

Speaking after the Kentisbeare defeat and ahead of the Thursday night cup tie, Feniton boss James Hiscox said: 'We had a day to forget at Kentisbeare. The only positive I can take from the game is the first start for the very talented 16-year-old Oscar Bowerman. What was made clear to me in the game was that we need to quickly find a way to combat teams playing against us that like to pump it long from first whistle to last! That said, credit goes to Kentisbeare who did not create many chances but were clinical with their finishing, We must improve drastically on Thursday night!'

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