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Feniton FC – ‘A chat with the boss’

 Feniton FC – ‘A chat with the boss’

The Acland Park home of Feniton Football Club.

Feniton slipped to seventh in the Scott Richards Solicitors Devon League North & East table after last Saturday’s 3-1 loss to Topsham Town – a second successive Acland Park reversal for the side – and, with 10 games of their league campaign left to play, any hopes of league success in their debut season at the higher level are now ended.

Fenny are quite safe as a step seven side, but there remains doubt as to the make up of the County League for the 2022/23 season for its clear that there needs to be more than the current 12 team division to make for a full playing season.

We caught up with Fenny boss James Hiscox for a ‘catch-up’ to see what his take is on ‘all things Feniton FC’.

First up we asked what he made of the defeat to the Tops.

James replied saying: “In terms of the game, taking it on its merits as a single game, I must say what a fine side they [Topsham] are and they most certainly deserved to win the match.

“From our point of view, after what happened in our previous outing – the defeat to Budleigh Salterton – I picked a more experience side and, if it wasn’t for a soft penalty and a free-kick, then the game with the Tops could have ended 1-1 and, in terms of our overall performance, I was much happier than I had been seven days before.”

Next up we asked: ‘What, if anything, has gone wrong this season as it was one that began with so much optimism and hope at Acland Park and now it seems as if, (albeit a little) as if the wheels are wobbling. If anything has gone wrong, what can be done to fix it?’

James replied saying: “Yes, we could say that right now I am in my most difficult period of management and it’s testing.

“But what I must own up to, is just how pleasing it is for me that the players are standing by the club right now and continuing to play for the short.

“I know some clubs have been after a few of my players yet they stand by the club and me, so this drives me on and gives me more reason to keep pushing the lads to turn the season around.

“We will continue to work hard for each other and that is the single most important thing at this time.”

We then asked: ‘Despite the recent defeats, you must be pleased that the club, as a whole, has continued to field three teams when many teams across Devon have either closed down or clubs have reduced teams from two to one yet you still field three?’

James replied saying: “It’s something to be proud of and credit to the players and managers who keep turning up each week. We also have so many young players at the club; many of them having come through our youth system and not players from other clubs or youth systems.”

Finally, we asked: ‘As we approach December, what will you be looking for from your team from now until the end of the season – are you/have you set a target?’

James replied saying: “I have been asking for a bit of consistency as, for the last few months, I don’t believe I have picked the same side for back-to-back outings and I am a big believer of consistency being a key element towards achieving success.

“Last season when we had that wonderfully successful run during which time I found it a difficult job in turns of making changes – that’s what happens in such periods – but this season it has been completely different.

Hand on heart, it’s been a massive learning curve for me as a manager and I’m finding out a lot in what are currently ‘difficult’ times.

However, I am very, very happy to ‘stand by my lads’ and I certainly back us to continue to be competitive in every game from now until the seasons end. I think it is important for us to reflect on the fact that we have only been losing by a goal in most games, so we are not getting beat well. Our luck will change, of that I am very confident.”

On Saturday (November 27), Feniton entertain a Liverton United side that they beat 5-1 when the pair met in South Devon earlier this month.

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