Feniton's good win after long lay off
PUBLISHED: 16:11 16 January 2008 | UPDATED: 21:27 15 June 2010
Devon Women s Premier League: Feniton returned to Devon league action for the first time since late November 2007 when on Sunday they entertained Bideford Town at Station Road.
Devon Women's Premier League: Feniton returned to Devon league action for the first time since late November 2007 when on Sunday they entertained Bideford Town at Station Road. The visitors came into the match currently lying in second place in the table.
The match, with a pitch wet underfoot, was played in a fierce wind and in the second half play was hampered by the liquid Devon sunshine that has been with us for a week or more now.
Both teams were evenly matched throughout the game. However, Feniton scored the crucial goal half way through the first half and also had two well struck shots saved by the visitors' keeper, had a shot hit the bar and missed two very good openings at the end of the second half.
Feniton pressed hard from the start and had it not been for some resolute defending and good goalkeeping could have found themselves comfortably in the lead before half time. Feniton's middle midfield pair, Stefi Dowell and Nick Spence, ran the game and created many opportunities for both Feniton wingers, Emily Horman and Michelle Jones, to get in behind the visitors' defence.
Chloe Locke was presented with a one on one with the Bidford keeper, when she was released by Anne Nelson, only for the keeper to pull off a brave save at the feet of Locke.
Feniton's pressure on the Bideford goal resulted in a series of corners that somehow Feniton were unable to capitalise on.
Then Horman found herself on the end of a Stefi Dowell pass and was able to steer the ball under the Bideford keeper, for what turned out to be the only goal of the game.
At half time Feniton changed tactics as they prepared to face the stiff wind and reverted to a 4-5-1 formation, the plan working a treat with Bideford unable to create any meaningful attacks on the Feniton goal and in fact the Feniton keeper, Vicky Sanders, did not have one direct shot in the whole half to save. This was down to superb defending by Smith, Nelson, Palfrey and Dixon in the Feniton back four.
Indeed Feniton created the most opportunities when Locke, playing as the lone striker, was able to hold the ball up for Sally Aymes who released Michelle Jones down the Feniton left, her cross just missing the advancing Locke.
It was Locke again who saw her shot from the 18 yard line cannon back of the visitor's bar and safely into the hands of the keeper.
Then, inside the last five minutes, substitute Debbie (Gilbert) Slee had two golden opportunities to increase Feniton's scorin. First she was found by Nicky Salter, on the for injured Horman, saw her shot soar high over the Bideford crossbar; and then a minute later, after some excellent play involving Dixon, Aymes, Locke and Sainsbury (on for Palfrey) shot across the advancing keeper but missed the far post.
A hard fought, deserved victory for Feniton and another clean sheet, the defence has improved over the season and bodes well for the coming matches. The midfield pushed tirelessly with Spence, Dowell and Aymes all working incredibly hard.
With pace from Jones and Horman on the flanks and power in the centre with Locke, Feniton's overall team performance was the winner. They move up to fifth in the table after this result.
Next week the team entertains a fast improving Dawlish Town at Station Road, kick off 2pm.
By Mike Court
Devon Women's Premier League
Feniton 1, Bideford 0