Beer Albion and Feniton share four goals
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Beer Albion and Feniton shared the spoils drawing 2-2 in a Macron Premier Division match at the Furzebrake on Saturday writes Richard Honnor.
The Fishermen will be disappointed not to have secured the three points as they spurned several good chances to put the result beyond doubt during the second half.
In difficult conditions, Fenny had a strong wind at their backs in the first half and penned Beer in their own half for long periods.
But the visitors failed to turn this advantage into goals with Beer’s back four defending resolutely.
Centre backs Kieron Love and Andrew Foster were in commanding form, but the star was young full back Jack Prior who snuffed out the threat of Fenny’s tricky left winger.
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After the break, Beer dominated the play. On 47 minutes, after combining well with Richard Walker, striker Chris Long’s 30-yard lob hit the bar.
A minute later Prior’s cross was headed narrowly wide by Simon Smith. After Walker’s chip missed the target on 53 minutes, Beer were made to pay two minutes later when keeper Mark Rooke mispunched a hopeful long ball which held up in the wind straight to a Feniton player who made no mistake from 15 yards to put his side 1-0 ahead.
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The Fishermen wasted no time in responding and equalised on 59 minutes. George Harwood’s cross was delivered with pace which enabled Long to place a powerful header past Fenny keeper Kingdon.
Beer were now playing great football, but Fenny keeper Kingdon kept his side in the game, first cleverly forcing Walker to go wide as he tried to go round the keeper and then producing a magnificent flying save to deny Long’s spectacular 20-yard volley. After, John Cooper shot straight at the keeper after another flowing move, the Fishermen at last took the lead on 64 minutes through Pedro Fontes who scored from close range after another incisive Beer attack prised open Fenny’s defence.
Beer continued to dominate the play, but failed to capitalise. Fontes rounded the keeper on 74 minutes, but shot just wide, then Smith missed the target after being set up by Walker.
Eventually Fenny made the home side pay when centre half Love handled a deep right-wing cross. The visitor’s skipper Selley made no mistake with the resulting 85th minute penalty.
Both sides had good chances to clinch the victory in a barnstorming finish but 2-2 was the final score.
Match sponsor Beer Fish Shop awarded the Man of the Match honour to Beer’s Jack Prior. For Feniton, keeper Kingdon and midfielder Selley shone.
On Saturday (October 7), Beer have a tough local derby Devon Premier Cup tie at Peninsular League outfit Honiton Town, whilst Beer Reserves entertain Newton St Cyres Reserves in a Macron League Division Three match (3pm). The match sponsor at the Furzebrake for the second team game is Woozie’s Deli, Beer.