Happy blue year for all at Feniton FC

PUBLISHED: 13:46 31 December 2012

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Feniton were once again left kicking their heels when their much anticipated Fresha League Premier Division top of the table clash with Hatherleigh Town was called off owing to the weather on the final Saturday of the year.

With the North Devon side the only team to sit above the Blues in the top flight table the Acland Park fixture would have given Mark Kingdon’s side the chance to put a polished finish on a wonderful 2012 for all concerned at Feniton FC.

Twelve months ago the Blues were looking to complete a promotion push out of Division One and they end the year with a great chance of landing the Fresha League top honour whilst they also have a home February draw to book a semi-final place in the East Devon Senior Cup.

However, one blot on the horizon could be a fixture pile up! Feniton head into 2103 having played just ten of their Premier Division matches.

With the season 131 days old by then time the sun rises on the New Year the Blues will have managed to play 15 games (five cup ties) so they will be hoping for more favourable weather to help them fit in the 18 league matches and possibly half a dozen more cup matches in the final 128 days of the campaign.

Feniton are one of a number of clubs who draw on players who play both football and cricket. The Francis Clark Devon cricket League starts again on Saturday, May 4 and the wholesale Fresha league washout on the final Saturday of 2012 have already been factored back into the remainder of the season with the Blues set to visit University on Wednesday, May 8.

Kingdon says: “I have never known a season before where we have suffered three successive rained off Saturday’s. The fixture’s building up does worry me. We do have a large squad, but are going to need it and there’s always the problem of midweek late season games when teams seem to call on then services of Peninsula league and Western league players and that makes for strange results. I am delighted with the progress we have made over 2012 and have one big wish for 2013. That is that we can go on and seal our first ever Devon and Exeter League Premier title – that’s the aim. Personally I am running out of playing season’s and the opportunity to bag a title winners medal is too good to miss!”

This Saturday Feniton travel to Clyst Valley who were their last opponents when they met at Acland Park on December 8.

Incredibly the last time that Kingdon’s team played a Fresha League away game was back on October 27 when they drew 1-1 at St Martin’s.


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