Ede scores four and young Tucker impresses as Feniton win derby
PUBLISHED: 13:06 31 January 2018 | UPDATED: 13:06 31 January 2018
Feniton won the East Devon derby with Upottery at Acland Park - one of just six games to beat the weather across the Macron Devon and Exeter League.
Honiton Town’s Ben Ede was able to play with his former teammates after the Hippos game had been called off and he scored four of the Fenny goals in their 5-2 win.
Feniton boss Mark Kingdom said: “We needed the win, big time, but we also played well enough to get the win and, to be fair to the lads in general this season, we have not been able to field what I would call a typically strong Feniton side.”
He continued: “However, on Saturday we had four on the bench, including Paul Dowling, which underlines just how much fire power – and quality – we had on the day.”
Kingdom had special praise for 16-year-old Jack Tucker, who made his senior debut in goal. The Fenny boss said: “Jack [Tucker] did ever so well and he belied his tender age, particularly when he saved a penalty. What’s more, his handling was good throughout; he looked very assured.”
The ageless Phil Everett also played and he was the perfect foil for the likes of Ben Allen and Charlie Selley, both of whom seemed to relish having the experienced – and highly talented – grandmaster of the game alongside them. Another key area for Kingdom was the fact he could field the experienced central defensive pairing in the shape of Andy Carnell and Karl Wilson - the latter was sent off for what was adjudged to be deliberate hand ball, but the Feniton boss had a lot of sympathy for his central defender. He said: “Karl was so unfortunate. It was more a case of a natural reflex action as there seemed little he could do to actually get his hand out of the way. It was a tough one for him.”
On the continuing influence of Everett, Kingdom says: “Phil [Everett] is extraordinary. There’s no way you can look at his game and see someone of his age, for his mobility is still as good as anyone’s and he reads the game so well. In one instance, against Upottery, he pinged a ball a good 35 metres and it landed on the proverbial sixpence! He also brings out the very best in players around him. Here’s hoping he continues to play for many seasons yet. The younger players can learn so much from someone like Phil.”
So what does the Feniton boss want from his side for the remainder of the campaign?
He says: “To be able to field a consistent side of similar quality would be my first wish and then, with the games we still have to play, I’d like to think we can push for a top six finish.”
He continued: “We have had a tough time so far this season and have yet to play many of the teams struggling with us at the wrong end of the table. This season has, so far, been something of unchartered waters for Feniton for we have been used to being a leading side in the Premier Division. Hopefully, we can go on now and show our true colours over what remains of the campaign.”