Feniton throw Fresha League title race wide open with third win over Newtown

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Feniton produced the performance – and result – of their season as they inflicted a rare defeat on a Newtown side who most pundits expect to see lift the Fresha League Premier Division title this season.

The 3-1 score line was no more than Fenny deserved for a slick all-round show that leaves them still, in the hunt for the top honour.

There were many outstanding individual shifts, none more so than from Ben Allen dictated play throughout from midfield whilst the defensive partnership of Blackmore, and the outstanding Simic, was rock like and new signing Luke Ashford had a positive and calming effect on the recent leaky Fenny defence and marshalled them well all game.

With a few near chances gone the first goal came as a high challenge on Allen resulted in an indirect free kick on the edge of the Newtown box. Paul Dowling passed to Phil Everett who stopped the ball for player-boss Ben Ede to bend the ball around the wall into the bottom corner.

Five minutes later after a junking run from Allen set up a chance for Selley which was blocked only for the rebound to be poked in by Danny Lewis. A terrific first half ended with Dowling squaring for Lewis to drill home his second and send Fenny into the break three up!

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Newtown rallied in the second half, but could only muster a single goal to leave Feniton handsome, and deserving, winners.

Ede said: “I was absolutely delighted with our performance, especially in the first half. It just goes to show what we are capable of. This is the third time this season we have beaten Newtown. It was very pleasing how we defended especially after how bad we’ve been in recent weeks. The back four of Everett, Blackmore, Simic and Frankpitt were solid throughout. The signing of keeper Luke Ashford is a massive bonus for us and on Saturday you can clearly see the difference he made. We certainly have put a spanner in the works regarding the top honour and I just hope we can carry on with similar displays between now and the end of the season.”

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The following day Feniton exited the Morrison Bell Cup, beaten 2-0 by South West Peninsula League, Eastern Division outfit Sidmouth Town.

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