Selley brace and shock loss for rivals edges Feniton near Fresha league title
PUBLISHED: 07:49 24 April 2013 | UPDATED: 07:49 24 April 2013
Feniton 3, Morchard Bishop 1
Feniton overcame one of the last remaining big hurdles in their quest to lift the Fresha League top honour with a fine all-round performance at Acland Park.
The win, made all the sweeter when news filtered throughout of a shock defeat for title rivals Hatherleigh Town, beaten 2-0 at relegation-threatened Clyst Valley, leaves the Blues within 10 points of being crowned champions.
Feniton had to come from behind to claim the points. They trailed at then break and it needed some harsh words from boss Mark Kingdon to get the side to step up a gear. This they did and once Dave O’Connor levelled they took charge. O’Connor was felled in the area and Charlie Selley stroked the spot kick home and Selley sealed victory 10 minutes from time with his second.
Kingdon said: “The first half was a sloppy affair from our point of view. They (Morchard Bishop) are not a bad side and I had to remind the lads that we had come this far and did we really want to throw away the previous good work at this late stage in the season. They responded superbly, dare I say it, like a champion outfit. There’s still work to be done, but the pendulum certainly swung our way what with our win and that Hatherleigh defeat.”
Given that the only two sides who could now stop them winning the titles, Hatherleigh and St Martins meet home and away in the next two Saturday’s it may well be that less than ten points from their remaining four games will suffice and Mark Kingdon’s side could be crowned champions before their final game at Budleigh Salterton on Monday, May 6.
On Saturday the Blues travel to Morchard Bishop, at the same time St Martin’s entertain Hatherleigh.
Alex Frankpitt and Matthew Hesford are both available and so significantly strength the Feniton selection options.
After this weekend the Blues will have just three to play, they go to Budleigh on Monday, May 6, University on Wednesday, May 8 and complete what all at Acland Park hope will be a historic title winning season at Exmouth Amateurs on Wednesday, May 15.