Fenny sent packing from 'Fort Furzebrake'

PUBLISHED: 09:00 13 February 2008 | UPDATED: 21:30 15 June 2010

P6297-07-08TI Beer v Feniton.
photo Terry Ife

P6297-07-08TI Beer v Feniton. photo Terry Ife

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Beer Albion got the better of East Devon neighbours Feniton to the tune of a 3-1 score line when the Premier pair met at Furzebrake, writes Stephen Birley.

Beer Albion got the better of East Devon neighbours Feniton to the tune of a 3-1 score line when the Premier pair met at Furzebrake. Goals from Luke Bartlett, Martyn Hancock and Matt Rowson saw the hosts safely home and the win takes them above the Blues and into a top six berth for the first time this term. Feniton had a much changed side out and included three regulars from the club's second string but Phil Palfrey, Richard Barras and Andrew Rose all performed very well. It was Alex Frankpitt and that sweet left foot of his that earned him the Man of the Match award for the losers. Richard Austin scored the Feniton goal to cap a fine individual performance but Blues' boss Dave Carnall was philosophical after the game. "They were better than us on the day but I didn't expect miracles as we did have a changed side from the one we would usually seek to field. It's disappointing to lose but I was chuffed with the effort and application of the boys who did wear the shorts and that's all I ask, that the players give us their all and results will follow."Opposite number Matt Rooke said: "I think we deserved it. They did give us some moments of concern in the second half when the margin was just the one goal but I always felt we had something extra to produce if needed. It's great to be into a top six berth but I don't want anyone resting on their laurels. I yearn to take this side as high as possible this term and we need to now find a continuation of a level of consistency that will allow us to possibly now begin to target a top three berth - that is not beyond us."Beer gained the early advantage when a left wing raid ended with Luke Bartlett heading home and the lead was doubled in similar style when a far post header from Martyn Hancock sent the Fishermen in at the break with a two goal lead. A minute after the restart and Albion ought to have ended the contest but Matty Rowson, clean through, sent his shot high over the bar and this seemed to galvanise the visitors. They battled their way back and got the goal their adventure warranted when Richard Austin netted. Rowson atoned for his earlier miss with a neat side foot finish to settle the home nerves and ensure that at full time it was the home dressing room doing the celebrating. It's a double header this weekend for Beer who have Topsham Town on Saturday in the league and then Budleigh Salterton the following day in the Seaton Challenge Cup. Boss Rooke knows which one he is putting his efforts into: "The Saturday game is the one for me. I'll engage in that ritual of mad ring arounds for the Sunday game at 6pm on Saturday, hopefully after we have continued our fine form with another three points!"Feniton Football Club have had a miserable time of late and the frustrations from within the dressing room are clear to see. They certainly warrant a high level of sympathy from football clubs the length and breadth of the county. The Blues have just lost another player - this time its wing man Andy Rogers who has defected to South West Peninsula League Ottery St Mary. The level of football that the Otters play is one step up from the Blues at Acland Park but, in fairness to Feniton, up until a fortnight ago they were very much 'in the promotion mix' and an application to join Ottery in the Peninsula league was not 'off the agenda'.Blues' boss Dave Carnall spoke for many in the game when he said: "It is so frustrating and I know others in our dressing room may ask why we cannot keep our players and I am afraid the stock reply to that is - money. "We have to accept that, at this moment in time, Feniton Football Club are effectively a feeder club and as such will continue to develop players, turn them into better players and ultimately 'lose' them to clubs who have deeper pockets than we harbour at Acland Park."Seaton Town found the winning formula again with a 3-1 victory at home to St Thomas, the points being banked courtesy of goals from Jamie Poynton, Marcus Furneaux-Harris and Ben Ede. Indeed it was Ede who turned in the star showing as he delivered two superb corners for the opening two goals and scored the third himself to cap a fine all round display before limping off just before the hour mark.Town boss Mark Rooke said: "It's a huge relief for us to find the winning way again. The game itself was almost too comfortable at times but that might be a positive. Simply getting back to winning ways was the top priority. Now what we need to do is to find some consistency and ensure that we keep ourselves in touch with the other sides who are no doubt going to make this particular promotion race one of the closest for years."Honiton Town's promotion hopes were hit as they slipped to a Mountbatten Park defeat at the hands of University. The students took the points away with a 2-1 win. Home spokesman Nigel Doe said: "This performance was every bit as poor as the previous Saturday's had been excellent. It was almost as if we never got out of anything above the lowest gear, it was very disappointing."Trailing to a 10th minute goal - one that arrived via an unchallenged header at the near post - Sean Lapping restored parity with a fine individual goal. Some sloppy defending in the second half allowed the visitors to take the points back to Exeter. Anthony Veevers was the inspiration for Town, his performance at left back a shining light amidst a gloomy overall display from a side who are without a game this weekend. The following week Mountbatten Park serves up the 'big one' - a meeting with Upottery!Upottery came back from North Tawton with a point and that takes them above Honiton Town for the first time this season. Sawyer's side face the ultimate test this coming weekend when they host leaders Bow AAC and then it's the derby meeting with Town. Interestingly, in terms of the form book, Halwill, whom Sawyer's side beat twice in the space of six weeks recently, became the first team to clip Bow AAC's wings with a 3-1 win at the weekend, leaving things very finely balanced in terms of the push for promotion places. Jake Philips and Andy Lord scored the Upottery goals that saw them turn round a half time deficit to lead 2-1 before a late leveller from the hosts."We were very poor in the first half and so, at the end of the day, I would have to claim that it is a point gained rather than two dropped. In the second half we were much, much better. In the grander scheme of things we may well look back on this point and regard it as precious given the fact that for 50 per cent of the contest we were dreadful."In Senior Three Motel & Offwell lost by the odd goal in three at the hands of visiting Uplowman Athletic but there was joy for Seaton Town Reserves who won 3-2 at Sandford. Colyton's wonderful start to 2008 continued with a 2-0 win over Tipton St John and that's three straight wins since the turn of the new year with just the one goal conceded by 'safe hands' Curtis Statham. And that was scored by former Yeovil Town star Warren Patmore. Lining up against Colyton in the visitors' side was former Exeter City star Steve Flack. The home side were fortunate to be able to field debutant Andy Widger, the former Exmouth Town regular and Plymouth Argyle trainee, whilst they also fielded reserve team teenagers Nathan Maddocks and Dean Richards in the starting line-up.It was Widger who gave his new team- mates the lead with a 20 yard drive and the game's only other goal came from the right foot of the predominantly left footed Ian Gooding! James Tucker produced a superb performance after being asked to drop back and play a deeper right midfield role. In Senior Four, Dunkeswell shared the points and six goals at hosts Topsham Town Reserves. Axminster Town Reserves banked three more promotion points with a 3-2 win at Westexe Rovers where Adam Downes netted a treble for the Tigers.

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