Fneiton below-par, but still good enough to bank points at Willand
PUBLISHED: 10:36 26 October 2015 | UPDATED: 10:36 26 October 2015
Feniton were clearly not at their best, but still had more than enough to bank three more Fresh League top flight points with a 3-1 win at Willand Rovers Reserves.
Fenny started brightly and, against a side that side bottom of the table and shipping goals fro fun, should have been three goals to the good inside the first 15 minutes!
However, a combination of excellent goalkeeping from the Willand glovesman – he made terrific saves from Dan Norman and Kieran Johnston, and some poor finishing, meant no goals were forthcoming.
It was very much against the run of play when the home side broke the deadlock, taking a quick free-kick that saw the ball crossed into the area where an unmarked Willand striker had as much time as he needed to pick his spot and thump the ball home!
The Fenny response was both swift and clinical as they also made the most of a free-kick with Ben Allen sending the ball into the box and Dan Norman applied a neat finish to leave the game 1-1 at the break.
During the break, a clearly disappointed Fenny boss Ben Ede made a couple of changes, introducing himself and Brad Groves to the action.
The move paid dividends as Feniton began the second period with an extra yard in their step.
The third goal of the game arrived when Groves won a corner, player-boss Ede took it and Mark Simic climbed highest to nod the ball home.
The goal was followed by a period of ‘scrappy’ play, but it was still end-to-end and Fenny glovesman Matt Kingdon pulled off a stunning save to keep out a 25-yard strike that seemed destined for the top corner!
The save proved crucial for, seconds later, the ball was at the other end of the pitch where, after a weaving run from Ben Allen the ball was played to groves and he held off a tackle to lay it into the path of Ede who drilled it home to complete the scoring.
The Fenny Man of the match was Kieran Johnston. There were also impressive first starts for the team by recent signings Brett Sellick and Ben Price.
Player-boss Ede said: “Overall it was not the best of games. That said it is very encouraging for me that, even when not at our best we are able to pick up wins and points and that augers well for the season. I am sure we will soon all click into a consistent level of form. There is too much quality in the squad for that not to happen. I certainly look forward to when we finally click this season.”