Feniton slip to disappointing defeat in nine goal thriller
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With Feniton looking like they were getting their season back on track they were brought crashing back down after losing by the odd goal in nine in an entertaining Acland Park encounter.
Fenny began well, but good chances for O’Connor, Selley and Harris all went begging before the home side were denied what they felt was a ‘cast-iron’ penalty rejected – this when Selley was felled inside the 6-yard box.
Those early Fenny misses came back to haunt them as Okehampton struck twice in quick succession with clinical goals that gave home glovesman Pullin no chance.
A Simic header from an Ede corner halved the deficit, but then more woeful Feniton finishing was punished by two further quality finishes to give the visitors a 4-1 half-time lead.
Feniton player-boss Ede clearly said the right things at the break for his team were quickly into their stride in the second half.
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Five minutes in Selley volleyed home from a scramble following a corner to make it 4-2.
That sparked an extra gear from the home side, but poor defending was again punished for Okehampton to net a fifth.
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With time running out Fenny applied more pressure and they got their third goal as a Selley through ball found Ede who challenged the oncoming keeper who fumbled the ball straight into Edes path who tapped into an empty net.
The final 10 minutes saw Feniton dominate and they then scored a fourth goal as an Ede corner was finally expertly volleyed home by Simic into the roof of the net.
Unfortunately time ran out and Okehampton celebrated getting the three points.
A dejected Ede said: “The first half was awful. As a team we were a shambles. We didn’t take our chances and made it far too easy for them.
“It feels like all our hard work over the last few weeks has been a waste of time. Too many players didn’t have the right attitude.
“I have to give Okehampton credit they battered us first half and it must have looked like men against boys from the sideline.
“Their finishing was probably the best I’ve seen. To score five goals out of seven attempts and for four of them to go into the top corners gave our keeper absolutely no chance.
“Having said all that we did turn up second half and did play some good football, but to try and come back from 4-1 down is a tough task.
“Hopefully it’s a wake up call and we can put it right in our next game.”
That next outing for Fenny is this Saturday (December 17) when they entertain Seaton Town (2.15pm).
Feniton: Pullin, Frankpitt, Everett, Blackmore (Phillips), Simic, Kingdon (c)(Adriano), Allen, Harris (Doidge), Selley, O’Connor, Ede
Man of the match: Mark Simic