Feniton let three-goal lead slip at home to Exwick Villa Reserves

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Feniton let slip a three-goal lead in a 3-3 draw with Exwick Villa Reserves at Acland Park.

After a disappointing result the previous match day against Hatherleigh, Fenny manager Ben Ede was looking for a response from his players. The first half they did exactly that dominating the half from start to finish.

Fenny were playing some decent two touch football and it wasn’t long before a Charlie Selley ball carved opened the defence to find in form Paul Dowling who crossed to Dan Norman who finished.

Ten minutes later it was Selley again who made a through to Dowling who took the ball is his stride and tucked it away to make it 2-0.

A quick free-kick from Ben Ede went agonisingly wide of an empty net which could have seen it game over!

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Fenny had a couple more decent chances to put the game to bed, but like in recent weeks, the chances went begging.

Early in the second half, shortly after having a ‘goal’ chalked out for off-side, Mark Simic finished off an Ede free kick to make it 3-0.

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With the game looking like it was over Feniton all of a sudden looked a different team. It was somewhat against the run of play when the visitors got one back when Fenny failed to clear a cross the ball fell to the Exwick left winger who volleyed the ball into the top corner. With 25 minutes remaining some terrible defending high up the pitch allowed an unchallenged opposition midfielder to run the length of the pitch to cross to an unmarked striker to head home!

With ten minutes remaining, more bad decision making from the home side saw the visiting outfit break with pace and slot an equaliser!

Feniton the huffed and puffed to find a winner, but couldn’t come up with an answer.

Man of the match for a third week running was Paul Dowling

Manager Ben Ede said: “I was delighted with our first half performance although we should have put the game out of their reach. We did play some decent football.

“However, the second half was simply awful. As a team collectively we were poor defensively. Even with the game at 3-0 we were still pushing for another goal, I think we need to be a bit smarter and shut up shop when we are comfortable like that. We were rocked at 3-2 and all over the place. I’m not one to give up hope, but I don’t think we can catch Newtown now but we will try and win as many games as possible.

“We have a tough game this weekend playing Topsham away so I’m looking for a decent response from my players.”

Team: Matt Kingdon ( c ), Everett, Blackmore, Simic (Southall-Brown), Frankpitt, Mark Kingdon (Titmuss), Ede, Allen (Dyer), Selley, Dowling, Norman

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