Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Wellington 4, Feniton 2
Feniton were unfortunate to come up against a side whose senior team were without a game and so were able to field half a side of players with Western League experience.
The Blues did not help their own cause, and a woeful first half which began badly and got progressively worse, saw them go into the break three goals in arrears.
Just five minutes in, a back-pass to the Feniton keeper saw the ball hit a divot on a solid surface and deceive the glovesman to see the home side into the lead. The Blues then had a Kieron Johnson effort ruled out and Paul Dowling cannoned a shot against the bar, but two further goals put the Blues on the back foot at half-time. It was a much improved second half show and, with goals from Charlie Selley and Dowling, they got to within touching distance of a share of the spoils before a late fourth for the Somerset men.
Boss Mark Kingdon said: “You could see the disappointment etched on the faces of the team after the game. They are an honest bunch and knew post match that they had collectively had a bad one! The positives are that we gave it a great go in the second half and, with a little luck, might have got something for our efforts. Another huge plus is that we had room in the tank to afford this sort of result and our fate remains very much in our own hands.”
Feniton’s defeat, whilst disappointing, is in no way terminal to their promotion hopes. They need five points from their final three games to be mathematically sure of a top three finish and with it promotion to the Premier Division of the Fresha League.
However, given that their goals difference is significantly better than rivals for that top three berth, Phoenix Club, four points from games against champions-in-waiting Exmouth Amateurs, Cullompton Rangers and University, will probably be sufficient to see them amongst the elite next season.
Next up is Saturday’s mouth watering Acland Park game against an Exmouth Amateurs side who will be crowned Division One champions if they take at least a point from their visit. However, the Blues have another agenda as boss Kingdon alluded to saying: “We will be up for this one. There’s a feeling in our dressing room that we are the best side in the Division this season and this is our big chance to go out and prove it. We have been exceptional at home this season and an off day at Acland Park is a rare event. I am sure we will give a very good account of ourselves.”