Feniton recorded a superb 3-1 win in their Devon Premier Cup home meeting with Scott Richards Solicitors Devon League South & West outfit Okehampton Argyle on Wednesday evening.
The ambitious visitors – Feniton have equal ambition – took the lead as early as the 10th minute when, following a short corner, the ball was tucked past Fenny glovesman Josh McLean and into the net.
The home response to falling behind so early on was as mature as it was powerful and, just 12 minutes later parity was restored to the contest and again the ‘goal’ was scored from close range when a Morgan Pearce corner was turned home by Max Cooper.
Three minutes after drawing level, the home side had the lead and once again the source was a Pearce corner that was headed home by Louis Dyer.
End-to-end football followed with no further goals and a frenetic first half – one of 35 minutes as per the FA’s request – ended with Feniton holding a narrow lead.
One minute into the second half and the Fenny lead was increased with Ten minutes into the second half with Charlie Selley the scorer while it became a hat-trick of ‘assists’ for Morgan Pearce who supplied the pass for the Feniton legend to go on and hit the back of the net.
Nine minutes later and the visiting side found themselves down to ten men with the sending off of Ben Bickle.
Just past the hour mark Luke Alden became the second Okehampton player to receive his marching orders as Feniton saw the game out in a degree of comfort.
The win will come as a big surprise in some circles, but it has clearly not surprised Feniton boss James Hiscox.
We caught up with him shortly after the contest and first up asked the Fenny boss ‘what pleased him most about the performance’
James replied saying: “The attitude of the whole team from start to finish. It was so good to seethe confidence in the ranks and its confidence like that that means we know that, if we perform at our best, we can compete with the very best and we certainly showcased that in this win. It was a performance that left me as one very happy manager.
Next up we asked ‘given that the opposition came from one level higher in the football pyramid, how important was it for you, as Feniton boss, that the team ‘did’ put on a good show?’
James was quick to come back with: “Well, with us looking to go up this was a chance for us to show everyone involved in the Devon League we are ready and feeling more than capable!”
We then asked ‘Were there any individual performances or perhaps sections of the team that gave you greatest pleasure’.
The Feniton boss replied: “We actually out-performed them in every area of the pitch. To that end, each and every one of my players performed to a 10/10 level.
“However, if pressed to name names, then I’d have to say our two centre halves, Darren Witt and Tom Badcott made light work of the very talented Okehampton forwards. But again, let me stress, this was not about individuals, more a case of a team of players all being on the same wavelength both in how they wanted to perform and indeed, how they did perform.”
Next up we asked: ‘To beat a side of the ‘quality’ Okehampton must do wonders for the overall confidence of both then team and the wider club’
James replied saying: “Yes, the lads are buzzing after that performance and, for sure, they deserve to ‘enjoy the moment’, but at the same time, we have reminded them that, on Saturday, we have another big game when we take on Lyme Regis so we have to be sure we are individually and collectively ‘ready-for-that’. What we must guard against is taking our foot off the gas.”
Last, but not least, we asked ‘Given how tonight’s game against vaunted opposition such as Okehampton, what do you say to your team before the ‘next game’. Does such an outstanding performance and result make that pre-match talk for the next challenge all the tougher.’
The Feniton boss said: “The answer to that is we simply say to the lads pre match ahead of the next one ‘same again please’ – what is so important, certainly in terms of where we want to go as a football club, is that we take the performance and result against a very good Okehampton Argyle side and look to maintain that momentum we can take from the ‘last outing’ and use the result to go on and finish what has already been a good season, in style.”