Feniton's top drawer draw

PUBLISHED: 09:00 23 December 2009 | UPDATED: 00:42 16 June 2010

FENITON breathed new life into their Devon and Exeter League campaign thanks to a richly deserved share of the spoils in a 2-2 draw against reigning champions.

FENITON breathed new life into their Devon and Exeter League campaign thanks to a richly deserved share of the spoils in a 2-2 draw against reigning champions.

What made the point all the more priceless was the fact that the Blues were at one stage 2-0 down and staring at a tenth defeat in 13 games.

Goals from Ben Allen and Johnny Phillips, the latter a superb individual effort, got Feniton back on level terms and they so nearly won it, but, unfortunately, spurned a brace of late chances to bag what would have been only a second win of the season.

So the Blues head into the New Year sitting bottom two lost after 13 games but, if the performance against St Martins is anything to go by, 2010 will surely herald a march up the top flight table by Mark Kingdon's men.

The new year sees Feniton play back to back away games at Alphington and Budleigh Salterton before their first home game of 2010, the January 16 visit to Acland Park of University.

Seaton have had a marvellous 2009 and, if their perfect start to the Division One season was punctured with the dropping of their first points in a 1-1 Colyford Road draw with Beacon Knights, the point was enough for Joshua Stunnel's side to sit on top of the table heading into the New Year!

Miles Alphonse dominated the proceedings to be rightly named Man of the Match, whilst Josh French netted the Town goal.

Stunnel's side top the table on goal difference, but do have two games in hand on Heavitree Social United who were knocked off pole position by Saturday's Town point.

Town's launch what could well be an exciting 2010 on January 2 with a Colyford Road meeting with Bow AC, they travel to Sidbury a week later before entertaining University Reserves on the 16th.

Beer Albion were another frozen off on Saturday, they head into the New Year sitting just outside the Division One promotion places.

The Fishermen have played more than most in the section with four wins and four defeats from ten outings so far. They start 2010 with a January 2 home game against Beacon Knights.

Honiton Town head into the New Year in a mid table slot in Division Two. Town have completed just seven of their games and will return to action on January 2 with a visit to Westexe Rovers. Town will head into that game trailing leaders North Tawton by eight points, but with a game in hand.

Axminster Town Reserves are immediately below Town in the table. They launch the New Year with a Sector Lane game against strugglers Upottery.

The Tigers have played more than all but one of the other teams in the section and will want to bank points in the opening months of 2010 to prevent them being dragged into a relegation dog fight.

Upottery end the year as they started it - struggling. When 2009 dawned, the villagers were battling to avoid the drop out of Division One and they head into the New Year, eight games into another disappointing campaign still to win a game!

It was another frustrating afternoon for Keith Somers and his Colyton side, who were frozen off in their bid to be the leading Division Three side at Christmas.

They head into 2010 in third spot just three points behind leaders Pinhoe, who have played a game more. What may well be of concern to Somers is a potential pile-up of fixtures in the second half of the season. Colyton have played just seven in the first four months of the campaign and, when they resume action early next month they will be faced with squeezing in 19 matches in the final four months of the season!

In Division Four, Seaton Town Reserves are bang on course to make it a great double for the Colyford Road club. With the 1st team positively flying towards the top flight of the Devon and Exeter League, the second string head into the new year tucked in behind leaders Countess Wear. Town have banked 17 points from their 10 games so far, one more than East Devon rivals Offwell Rangers, who head into 2010 occupying a promotion berth.

In Division Five, East Devon has two of the bottom three with Dunkeswell holding everybody else up, eight games in and without a win this term and Feniton Reserves sitting third bottom. The New Year starts with the Blues at Cullompton Rangers, whilst the Dunks will look to belatedly open their win account at home to Lords XI.

Beer Albion Reserves head into the New Year sitting in a promotion berth after a superb run of five successive victories. Win number five arrived last Saturday courtesy of a 6-3 Furzebrake victory over University.

James Melville (2), Rex Kirby, Sean Denslow, Jamie Trewick and Bob Adkin, netted the Fishermen's goals. It has been a superb run by Beer who managed just a single win in their opening five games but they will head into the first game of 2010 on January 2 at Silverton, looking for a sixth successive win.

At the opposite end of the table Axmouth United will be hoping for better things in the second half of the season. They head into the new year sitting second from bottom in the table.

In Division Seven, Honiton Town Reserves sit sixth, half a dozen points behind second placed Clyst Valley Reserves who are a further four adrift of the leaders Culm United.

In Division Nine, Feniton 3rds sit just outside the promotion places and they have been the team to watch in the first half of the season with their eleven outings to date producing no fewer than 81 goals!

In the same section, Seaton Town 3rds, Colyton Reserves and Offwell Rangers Reserves all head into the new year in the bottom half of the table.

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