Feniton edged out after great effort in cup tie at Budleigh Salterton

PUBLISHED: 10:29 01 May 2018 | UPDATED: 09:00 03 May 2018

Feniton 1st team away at Budleigh. Ref mhsp 18 18TI 1949. Picture: Terry Ife

Feniton 1st team away at Budleigh. Ref mhsp 18 18TI 1949. Picture: Terry Ife

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Feniton have secured their Macron League top flight status thanks to back-to-back wins over Clyst Valley and Newton St Cyres.

Feniton 1st team away at Budleigh. Ref mhsp 18 18TI 1954. Picture: Terry IfeFeniton 1st team away at Budleigh. Ref mhsp 18 18TI 1954. Picture: Terry Ife

Fenny beat Clyst Valley 7-2 just days after a 5-0 success against Newton St Cyres.

On Saturday, Fenny had a day off league duties to visit South West Peninsula League Eastern Division high-fliers Budleigh Salterton in a Morrison Bell Cup tie.

They lost 3-1 but there were many more positives than negatives for Feniton boss Mark Kingdom to take from the game. Budleigh only led 1-0 at the break and Fenny, fielding seven Under-20s in their starting eleven, gave as good as they got for long periods. Louis Hilton scored a fine goal to make it 2-1 with Budleigh sealing victory with their third eight minutes from time. Feniton goalkeeper, 16-year-old Jack Tucker, bagged rich praise from the home side (see a Budleigh FC match report at www.exmouthjournal.co.uk)

Feniton boss Kingdom said: “Our general performance was very good and what was most pleasing was that, post match, Budleigh boss Kevin Hill took the time to come to our dressing room and compliment us on our show.”

Feniton 1st team away at Budleigh. Ref mhsp 18 18TI 1946. Picture: Terry IfeFeniton 1st team away at Budleigh. Ref mhsp 18 18TI 1946. Picture: Terry Ife

As for his team’s change of fortunes in terms of their Macron League campaign, Kingdom said: “It’s no surprise to me that we have had an upturn in form. Now the wet pitches seem to be a thing of the past we are playing on firmer surfaces and that suits us. We have been enjoying much better availability too and that makes a big difference.”

He continued: “We finished our home programme against Hatherleigh on Tuesday night and are at Heavitree on Thursday (May 3) before next Monday’s East Devon derby with Seaton Town, which is followed by away games against Upottery and Cronies and I am looking at us winning as many of the remaining games as we can and see if we cannot finish mid-table.”

As for next season and if Kingdom – or ‘Kinger’ as he is more affectionately known – is still going to be in charge, he replies: “We’ll have to see. We have got a really great bunch of young lads now and I’d like to think I can continue working with them. The one thing I would have to do, though, is to bring someone in as a right hand man to take some of the workload off me.”

Feniton 1st team away at Budleigh. Ref mhsp 18 18TI 1913. Picture: Terry IfeFeniton 1st team away at Budleigh. Ref mhsp 18 18TI 1913. Picture: Terry Ife

Feniton 1st team away at Budleigh. Ref mhsp 18 18TI 1910. Picture: Terry IfeFeniton 1st team away at Budleigh. Ref mhsp 18 18TI 1910. Picture: Terry Ife

Feniton 1st team away at Budleigh. Ref mhsp 18 18TI 1903. Picture: Terry IfeFeniton 1st team away at Budleigh. Ref mhsp 18 18TI 1903. Picture: Terry Ife

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