Feniton Under-18 make winning start to life in Devon League North
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The first ever match for Feniton U18’s saw them come away with a well-deserved 2-1 win against Crediton when the sides met at Acland Park in a Devon County Under-18 League North game.
Playing against a team that had the benefit of having playing together for most of last season at Under-18 level ensured Feniton a tough baptism on their league debut notably, as they had a number of first team players unavailable.
The game started with a well organised Crediton pushing Feniton hard and on three separate occasions the home goalkeeper Sam Hill was called upon to keep Feniton in the contest with a series of fine saves.
The pace of winger Sam Ayers and the ingenuity of Garreth Blackmore and Cody Cox meant Crediton were always wary of the pace within the Feniton team.
The hard-working Feniton team were penned into their own half, but an outstanding defence epitomised by workaholic Jacob Turner (named the Fenny Man of the Match after the game), Matt Futcher, Haydn Tucker and captain Chris Badcott saw the hosts get to half time at 0-0.
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The second half was equally competitive, but Feniton now had the advantage of playing down the slope. This saw the game change in Feniton’s favour utilising the pace and trickery of wingers Louis Hilton and Oscar Walsh who were a constant threat.
The deadlock was broken on 65 minutes when from a set piece the ever improving Tom Prout rose highest to put Feniton in front.
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Ten Minutes later it was two when Oscar Walsh tucked home a free kick from the edge of the box giving the keeper no chance. Crediton were by now looking to play on the break but against full back Albert Southall-Brown they found the door tightly locked.
Throughout the game, centre forward Adam Wilkinson was a willing outlet and led the line superbly linking much of the play together. Feniton’s dominance saw a raft of chances created and spurned which gave Crediton hope and on 85 minutes pulled a goal back from the penalty spot. However, Feniton held their nerve to record a well-deserved 2-1 win.
They are back in action next Sunday (September 24) when they play Topsham who many expect to walk away with the divisional title - so a hard test awaits.