Simic scores treble as Feniton net nine in cup romp
PUBLISHED: 10:51 09 September 2014 | UPDATED: 10:51 09 September 2014
Feniton showed that they are in no mood to relinquish their proud hold on the East Devon Senior Cup as they powered into the next round with a big Acland Park triumph over Wellington.
The Blues won 9-2 and for boss Mark Kingdon the biggest positive to take amongst many from the 90 minutes was the way that four players from the club’s second team stepped up into the senior side and still the team operated as if nothing changed!
Kingdon explained saying: “There was stag weekend involving one of the club members and that had a knock-on effect with us having to unfortunately call off the third team game. It meant patching up both first and second teams with players from the club. For my part I was particularly delighted with the contributions the four 2nd team players made who stepped up for us produced.”
Mark Simic scored a hat-trick, the central defender scoring all three of his goals from set pieces. Paul Dowling bagged a brace and younger brother Matt, one of the four to step up from the second team, also got on the score sheet. Another to step up, and score, was Sam Downs of whom Kingdon said: “Sam (Downs) is new to us. I think he was just playing 5-a-side before, but he has settled in superbly and took his chance very well.”
Of the overall performance Kingdon said: “We played well against a team that put a lot into it. They (Wellington) looked to be a well-drilled side, but we felt they could be got at with the way they play a high line and our forward play was too canny for them. Some of our short passing on another superb Acland Park surface was top class. It was very pleasing on the eye.”
Next up is Saturday’s trip to Budleigh Salterton Reserves who have had a torrid time at the start of the new season with their young side struggling with the power and pace of the Premier Division.
Kingdon has a measure of sympathy for the Ottermouth men’s plight.
He said: “I feel for them. Clearly they are having a difficult time of it. It’s no fun playing in a side that is getting thumped week in and week out. But we have a job to do and we will go there putting any sentiments to one side and look to get a job done.”