Feniton in shoot-out thriller in North Devon
Feniton were involved in a cracker of a game on Bonfire Night as they won a dramatic penalty shoot to book a last sixteen berth in this season’s Firewatch Devon Senior Cup.
The Blues travelled to North Devon League side Woolsery for a cup tie that was played in very heavy conditions that certainly did not suit their passing game!
That said, they held a two goal lead with just twenty minutes to play, after goals from Chris Palfrey before the break, and Liam Ogborne in the 70th minute.
Then the hosts staged a grandstand finish scoring twice themselves to take the tie into extra-time. Woolsery struck first in the added half hour but a Kieran Johnson goal squared things of to see the contest into the dreaded shoot-out.
Matt Kingdon saved the first spot kick but then Blues skipper Andy Hawkins saw his kick – his sides fourth – also saved, and so it went to sudden death. Woolsery missed their seventh and up stepped Ogborne to tuck his away and take Feniton through to the next round.
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Boss Mark Kingdon said: “We deserved it although it was a bit nail biting when they went 3-2 up in extra-time. The pleasing thing for me is the character we showed. I know we have quality in all areas but you always wonder about character and in this game, they all stood together, dug deep when they needed to, and got us through.”
On Saturday the Blues return to Division One action and an Acland Park meeting with basement dwellers Beacon Knights who have yet to register a single point after ten straight defeats!
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Kingdon wants no complacency and says: “Talk of opposition’s league placing etc will be taboo in the dressing room. We have got where we are with lots of collective hard work and I want that to continue so we’ll ignore any comfort zone thoughts and look to get the job done!”
Alex Frankpitt and Andy Hawkins both miss the Beacon Knights game but cup tied Eliot Dyer and ten goal Paul Dowling, who were not involved at Woolsery, come back in.