Feniton exit Premier Cup at Crediton

PUBLISHED: 16:08 13 October 2015 | UPDATED: 16:08 13 October 2015

Football flag. Ref exsp 7259-33-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

Football flag. Ref exsp 7259-33-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

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Feniton went out of the Throgmorton Devon Premier Cup, beaten 5-0 at South West Peninsula League, Eastern Division outfit Crediton United.

Under normal circumstances a trip to Mid Devon for such a contest should not have held too many fears for a Feniton side that has begun the campaign well.

However, they travelled to Crediton shorn of a number of regulars. Despite that, the Blues made a good start and chances came - and went - for both Ben Allen and player-manager Ben Ede, before the home side took advantage of some sloppy defending to take the lead.

The Feniton response was good and, after an Ede effort clipped the crossbar, Billy Parnell was presented with a chance that went begging and the home side netted a second to lead 2-0 at half-time.

After the break the home team scored an early third goal which effectively ended the game as a contest.

Two more were added by a home side that enjoyed total dominance in the second half to seal a place in the next round of the cup.

Blues boss Ede said: “The whole experience was very disappointing. Obviously the result is tough to take - they (Crediton) were the better side, but we did not help ourselves and really fell short in the second half. I cannot use the missing players as excuses. The bottom line is we could, and should, have done better.”

He continued: “I am grateful to Reserves team manager Steve Lawlor who helped promote several second team players to fill the void of missing senior players. A selfless act that then left him very short for his own game. It was the right thing to do for the club in terms of the bigger picture, but I accept that it was also a tough one for the second team lads. I do appreciate their efforts”

Feniton team: Rose, Hathaway (Winter ), Bergamini, Simic, Jefford, Allen (C), Matt Kingdon, B. Ede, Parnell (L. Ede), Groves, Lewis

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