Fenny beaten in East Devon debry at Upottery

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Feniton were beaten 6-3 when they made their first ever visit to Glebe Park to take on hosts Upottery for three Macron League top flight points.

Fenny made the short trip for the East Devon derby looking to perform a lot better than last week’s terrible defeat to Elmore.

With the rare event, this season, of a full squad to select from, Fenny made a bright start and were ahead early on when a low right-tooted drive from the edge of then box by player-boss Ben Ede nestled in the bottom corner of the home net. The home side hit back and, when a deep cross from the right arrived in the area, Upottery skipper Mark Tucker headed his side level.

A game of end-to-end football saw Fenny regain the lead when, after god work from Dave O’Connor, Paul Dowling was sent clean through. However, the Fenny hit man looked to have made a mess of the opportunity only for home glovesman Jac Trevisic to fumble the ball which fell invitingly for Dowling to rill into an empty net!

Shortly before half-time, Upottery levelled once more with a pacey counter-attack with Jamie Girton netting from close range.


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It was the home that made the brighter start to the second half and they deservedly in front with a Sam Winslade goal.

Fenny wobbled, and were hit again with Winslade doubling his tally to give Upottery a 4-2 lead.

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O’Connor fired Fenny back into a riveting contest with a sweet left foot strike from 20 yards.

The next action at either end was a terrific opportunity for Dowling to level things up, but he was denied by Trevisic in a one-on-one and, from that moment, Fenny’s afternoon was all but over!

Upottery made a strong finish to the contest and Tom Edwards, signed recently from Staplegrove, made it 5-3 the impressive Jay Cross rounded off the scoring.

Feniton boss Ben Ede said: “It was very much a case of the same old, same old, for us. Sadly, this season we are not defending well as a team. We are a side that creates plenty of chance sat one end, but our Achilles heel is our poor defending – as a unit!

“In the first half I felt we were OK and we did fashion some good chances, but after the break we rather fell apart, were one dimensional and lacked any sort of spark. We were lacklustre at best!”

Ede continued: “Take nothing away though from them [Upottery]. They fully deserved to win for their showed real desire and effort from first whistle to last.

“We now have a couple of tough away games at Okehampton and Elmore and, for me, the on-going worry is that if we don’t sort out our general team work – especially in our defensive third – then we might well find ourselves in big trouble at the wrong end of the table.”

Feniton: Pullin, Bateman (Lewis), Blackmore (L Ede) Simic, Frankpitt, Allen, Kingdon (c)(French), Selley, Dowling, B Ede, O’Connor

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