Feniton’s youth conveyor belt keeps dishing up quality

 Feniton’s youth conveyor belt keeps dishing up quality

Action from a Feniton Under-16 contest.

There can be few clubs at the current level that Joma Devon & Exeter League side Feniton play at, that can ‘beat’ what the Acland Park outfit do in terms of producing quality youth players.

Fenny really are ‘club on the climb’ in all ways and their Under-16 team, managed and coached by brothers Tom and Chris Badcott, have recently been able to make a return to action for the first time in four long months owing to the Coronavirus pandemic lockdown restrictions, and, in their opening two outings they have been involved in a couple of high quality encounters.

A trip into Exeter saw the Feniton youngsters edge a seven goal thriller against Exeter Panthers and, seven days later, in an Acland Park encounter, Fenny drew 1-1 with Pinhoe. The Feniton goal came from Caleb Nicholas with the assist down to Elliott Bowyer, who first won the ball back high up the pitch before playing a superb ball across the ard box to set up the goal.

The 4-3 win over Panthers saw Feniton involved in a high quality and high tempo encounter. Dan Badcott, the third of the Badcott brothers at the club, scored a brace and the other Feniton goals came from Henry Woodward and Caleb Nicholas.

Both sets of players deserve high praise for the contributions they made to such a terrific contest.

As if to underline the conveyor belt of talent they have at Acland Park, Caleb Nicholas, who netted in both the opening Under-16 games since the re-start, also marked his senior debut with two goals for Feniton Reserves.

Stephen Birley

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