Feniton FC mid table
PUBLISHED: 12:44 09 September 2009 | UPDATED: 00:09 16 June 2010
Four games into a new season of Devon and Exeter League Premier Division football and Feniton find themselves in a mid table berth.
Four games into a new season of Devon and Exeter League Premier Division football and Feniton find themselves in a mid table berth after a win, a draw and two defeats, the latest a 3-1 Acland Park reversal at the hands of Willand Rovers Reserves.
The visitors had a number of regular Western League players in their line up and it showed as they bossed proceedings from first whistle to last.?One of few positives for the Blues being their goal, scored by John Phillips. On Saturday the Blues begin their quest for Devon Premier Cup glory with a trip to Kingsteignton Athletic.
Beer Albion could not have made a better start in their bid to bounce back into the top flight at the very first time of asking. The Fishermen had a miserable time last season and, to be fair, probably should have been playing at the level they find themselves in this term after a number of summer defections 12 months ago.
However, things are much more upbeat this term and they were hugely impressive, taking all three points with a 3-1 win at Elmore Reserves.
Next up for the Fishermen is an exciting looking East Devon derby with Honiton Town at Furzebrake in the first Round of the Devon Senior Cup.
Seaton Town are another side looking for bigger and better things in Division One this season and they too, could not have had a better start than the comprehensive 3-1 victory they enjoyed at Halwill. On Saturday Town go to Lifton in the Devon Senior Cup.
Honiton Town may well have won their opening Division Two outing at home to Dawlish Town 6-2 but, for manager Richard Ayres, there's a great deal of improvement in collective performance still required! Town were made to pay for a sluggish start and trailed 1-0 until they levelled through Stuart Mackay and took a 2-1 lead into the break, thanks to Darren Witt.
Witt netted his second shortly after the restart and further goals arrived from Sam Farmer and a double from Tim Genders.
Ayres said: "I told the players in no uncertain terms that elements of the performance were a great deal poorer than I expect. For the first half hour there was plenty of chat across the park, but most of it was argumentative. We scored six goals, we won the opening game, but I want more. The good thing is the players all agreed with what was said afterwards and that speaks volumes for the spirit in our camp."
Ayres is very clear about the direction he wants the team heading: "We are chasing promotion, nothing less will be accepted. We are ambitious and we have assembled a squad good enough to realise the ambition for this particular season. The players know what we expect, on and off the pitch."
Colyton's Division Three campaign got an opening day boost with a 4-2 home success over Crescent. After a quiet opening period, Keith Somers' side burst into life netting three times in the last 15 first half minutes, thanks to a brace from Callum Somers and one from Richard Tratt.
The Exeter side were back in the game when the ball was bundled past stand-in keeper Jimmy Richards and, when they converted a penalty, the visitors were back in the game. With 10 minutes to go, Tratt broke clear and what had looked to both dugouts like an outstanding tackle, was adjudged to have been a foul and a spot kick was awarded. James Tucker, the regular penalty taker, who has not missed a spot kick in four years, was summoned from the bench and stroked the ball home to seal a 4-2 win. Both Colyton full backs, Michael Cullum and Mark Potter, had fine games but the match sponsors, SAK Couriers, opted for Simon McClellan's superb debut performance on the left of midfield, to earn the Man of the Match award.
Somers said: "We were in cruise control at the break, then almost contrived to chuck it away, but I felt we were good value for the win."
They meet North Devon League side Northam Lions in the Devon Senior Cup on Saturday.
Offwell got their Division Four season off to a good start with a hard-earned 3-2 win over visiting Tedburn St Mary.
In an entertaining game, they had to come from behind twice before, deservedly, banking the points thanks to a star show from Man of the Match, Ben Guilbert.
The visitors scored first, only for James Dingle to level, but the away side regained the lead and took the advantage into the break. The home momentum began to build and it came good in the final quarter of the game. First Andy Lord levelled and then Karl Allen sealed an excellent comeback.
Manager Nick Ogden said: "Some of our football was a joy to watch and we clearly took our pre-season form into the first competitive match. This is a young team and I am very proud of them one game into the new season."
Next up for Ogden's men is a Devon Senior Cup tie at home to North Tawton.
Also in Division Four, Seaton Town Reserves were 2-1 winners at home to Sandford but there was no opening day Division Five success for Dunkeswell Rovers, beaten 5-2 at home by Colaton Raleigh. Honiton Town Reserves slipped up at Rockbeare Rangers where they went down 3-1 in a Division Seven game. In Division Nine there was a cracking first game of the season at Acland Park where Feniton 3rds defeated Cheriton Fitzpaine by the odd goal in 11!
Offwell Rangers Reserves went down 2-1 at Tedburn St Mary and Colyton Reserves were beaten 3-1 at Hemyock
l Colyton have signed central midfielder Gary Sims from Axmouth and Kris Reid, a goal keeper from Seaton Town, both of whom were unable to play in the opening game as their transfers had not been completed. Somers is also delighted to have got a firm commitment from former Plymouth Argyle apprentice and Exmouth Town player, Andy Widger, that he will be more readily available this term.