The fixtures for the 2017-18 season have just been released.
You can see the First Team fixtures here
And you can see the Reserve Team fixtures here
The fixtures for the 2017-18 season have just been released.
You can see the First Team fixtures here
And you can see the Reserve Team fixtures here
A quick video of Fenstanton old boy Dave Werthmann’s goal against St Ives Rangers on Saturday 28th January 2017. Dave scored in the 81st minute with the deciding goal, making the game end 2-0 to Fenny!
On Saturday 14th May, we held our annual end of season party at Revolution in Cambridge, where we also announced the winners of the Player’s Player of the Season and the Manager’s Player of the Season awards, along with a couple of other awards.
Top Goal Scorer – New to the club this season after transferring from Great Paxton, Ben Hall made his mark at the club by scoring 30 goals in 28 games and also capping the season off by being top scorer of the Cambs League Division 2B. Ben’s goals definitely helped with our promotion to 1B so let’s hope he is here next season to help us climb the charts even more!
Player’s Player – Dion “General” Lee has been a huge influence this season. The midfielder has delivered some great set pieces that the forward players have converted to goals, and also found the net twice himself. But it was his commanding presence in the middle of the park that earned the votes from his colleagues and taking home the Player’s Player trophy.
Manager’s Player – Veteran Ben Fuller has played in almost every position this season. A regular in the First Team that folded earlier this season, Ben decided to stay and play for the old Reserve Team in Division 2B scoring 16 goals in 22 games. For Ben’s commitment, effort and post-match food reviews, Manager Adam Buckingham decided to award Ben the Manager’s Player trophy.
Goal of the Season – Not only did Ben Hall score lots of goals, but he also scored some great goals! A new award for this season, the club awarded it to Ben for his goal against Wisbech St Mary A in January.
Clubman of the Season – Darren Bryant missed most of the season through injury after he broke his collar bone in October last year, but he still turned out every week to help out and support the club despite not being able to play. Helping mark the pitch out most weeks and being an extra pair of eyes on the side-line with the management, it’s people like Darren that help clubs like us run smoothly. Darren finally recovered from his injury and returned to the match day squad, coming off the bench and scoring against Mildenhall United in the last league game of the season.
We have sadly had to cancel the golf day this Sunday due to a lack of interest.
We hope to organise another fund raising even soon that you will be able to take part in. In the mean time, don’t forget our car boot sale on 30th May!
For more information, please visit our events page.
After beating AFC Stangorund Reserves 4-1 in the semi final of the Hunts Lower Junior Cup on Saturday 9th January, we have been drawn to play AFC Barley Mow in the final.
AFC Barley Mow play in Division 3B of the Cambs NMC League and are based in Huntingdon. They only started playing on Saturdays this season after being a successful Sunday League team. Their team has a few familiar faces – striker Josh Turner, midfielder Luke Gove and goal keeper Graeme Drewry who all played for Fenny for a number of years before making the move to the Barley Mow at the start of this season.
The match is scheduled for Tuesday 10th May 2016, 7.45pm kick off, at Yaxley Football Club.
You can find more info for the cup final, on the Facebook event page here.
Fenstanton Reserves won this cup back in 2009-10 and are keen to get their name back on the trophy again!
Fenstanton suffered penalty heartache in the Creake Charity Shield, bowing out 4-3 on penalties to Eaton Socon Reserves, who are currently second in the division above.
Fenstanton won the toss and decided to defend against the strong wind, and could have gone ahead when Ben Hall was clearly fouled as he went one-on-one with the keeper. With both sets of fans shocked when the referee awarded a goal kick. Despite Socon having a lot of possession, the Fenstanton defence held firm, and it was Fenstanton that looked close to taking the lead, but the Socon keeper kept out a good Ben Fuller strike.
Socon came close just before half time, by smashing the bar, with keeper Adam Buckingham well beaten. And on the stroke of half time, Socon’s full back tested Buckingham from long range with a fierce drive, stinging the palms.
With the scores 0-0 at half time, Fenny fancied their chances in the 2nd half. But after a sustained spell of Fenstanton pressure, Socon counter attacked and found themselves 1-0 up, with striker James Godfrey, firing through a lot of bodies to find the bottom corner. The small striker, decided to remove his top after scoring, to earn a caution. An odd decision given there was about 30mins still to play.
After the goal went in, it was all Fenstanton, but Socon were dealing with the treat pretty easily, a touch class from Ben Fuller nearly put Fen on level terms with pirouetted, left foot volley from 20 yards, magnificently tipped on to the bar by the Socon number 1.
With time running out, Buckingham rang the changes, replacing both full backs with wingers and playing almost a 2-4-4 formation.
Surprisingly it was goalkeeper Adam Buckingham that should have put Fenstanton on level terms. Up for a last minute corner and unmarked, he failed to connect with Dion Lee’s inswinging corner from 3 yards.
Just as Socon thought they were through, there was still time for a Ben Hall token goal. Hall who had been getting a lot of stick from the home fans, collected the ball on the far left, and hit a 25 yard wind assisted effort, dipping into the top far corner, on 95 minutes.
With the ref blowing for full time straight after, 30 minutes of extra time was to be played. And again Fenny defended against the wind, and held strong for the opening period of extra time.
Fenstanton nearly took the lead when Craig Flavell had an effort cleared of the line, but the yellows found themselves behind for the second time, with Sam Argyle finishing well putting the home team 2-1 up. Fenny really had to go for it, creating huge gaps on the pitch, that Socon exploited well, but Adam Buckingham, twice saving in one-on-one situations.
And these saves proved crucial, as on 118mins skipper Arran Balls headed in a Dion Lee corner to send the tie to penalties.
Unfortunately Adam Berrill missed his first kick, but Buckingham saved Socon’s first effort, to keep the scores at 0-0. With Ross Fairley, Salv Merola & Ben Hall all being matched by Socon by scoring. Unfortunately Dion Lee saw his effort saved, and with Socon converting their 5th penalty, Fenny crashed out but can be proud off their efforts.
Fenstanton travelled to Brampton on Saturday to face their Reserve team that they beat 2-1 at Hall Green Lane a week ago.
Ryan Hunt filled in for the absent Adam Buckingham in goal, with Ben Fuller, Adam Berrill and Scott Morrison also returning to the squad. Ross Fairley was also absent with an injury.
Brampton went ahead in the 1st minute after a Fenstanton defender headed the ball into the back of his own net after a Brampton corner.
Less than 10 minutes later the scores were level with veteran Ben Fuller heading the ball home after a long throw-in from winger Salv Merola.
Despite a lacklustre 1st half, Fenstanton went in at half time with the lead, when on 40 minutes, midfielder Scott “The Relic” Morrison smashed in a shot off the underside of the bar after a superb delivery from Dion Lee. Even the referee commented on how it wasn’t a bad effort for an old man!
A few choice words from keeper Ryan Hunt at half time and the 2nd half was a different story. Fenstanton came onto the pitch hungry for the 3 points and were determined not to go home empty handed.
Ben Fuller, Salv Merola, Adam Berrill and Ben Hall all having chances to increase the lead, but just couldn’t convert their shots into goals. The break came on 70 minutes however, when a Brampton defender tripped up over the ball. Adam Berrill picked up the loose ball outside the box who chipped it to Merola, Merola knocked it to Ben Hall who slotted the ball in for his 22nd goal of the season and to claim all 3 points.
Final score Brampton Reserves 1-3 Fenstanton.
With Houghton and Wyton losing 3-1 at home to Isleham United, this win has given Fenstanton a 6 point lead at the top of Division 2B ahead of their Creake Charity Shield Quarter Final clash against Eaton Socon Reserves next weekend.
Fenstanton played what seemed their toughest game of the season so far, against Brampton Reserves who came to Hall Green Lane with all guns blazing and their eyes on promotion.
With several key players missing from this week’s squad including midfielders Adam Berrill, Ryan Hunt, Scott Morrison and the in form veteran, Ben “Drogba” Fuller, they did however welcome back Ross Fairley, Tristan Young, Andy Broadbank and Martin Fowler who made his first start since re-joining the club 2 weeks ago.
The game started off with a fast feel to it, with Fenstanton dominating in all areas of the pitch. As early as 7 minutes into the game, a touch of class from top scorer Ben Hall on the right enabled him to drill the ball into the back of the net giving Fenny the lead. Less than 10 minutes later, striker Ross Fairley was brought down in the box after a mazy run. The referee had no choice but to award Fenstanton a penalty. Ben Hall stepped up to convert the penalty making it 2-0 and scoring his 21st goal of the season.
There were so many chances to increase the lead before half time with Salv Merola coming close quite a few times, and even defender Paul Street found himself up near Brampton’s goal, missing by only a couple of inches. Usual story for Streety.
Fenny went in at half time with a comfortable 2-0 lead and felt confident they could create a 2nd half performance equal, if not better to the 1st half, claiming all 3 points easily.
1 minute into the 2nd half however, Paul Street made a challenge on Brampton’s winger that Vinnie Jones and Julian dicks would have been proud of, and he immediately went into the ref’s book. Was this a sign for things to come for Fenny?
It seemed that the buzz Fenstanton had created amongst themselves in the 1st half had disappeared and it was Brampton’s turn to try and take control of the game.
Brampton pulled a goal back on the hour mark, with the Brammo player striking from about 20 yards out. A shot that keeper Adam Buckingham could have easily dealt with, only to find the ball in the back of his net.
With the score now at 2-1, Brampton pressed Fenstanton trying to make sure that they didn’t go home empty handed. They could have easily made the scores level if not for some excellent defending from the back 4 of Tom Cody, Arran Balls, Martin Fowler and Paul Street.
Brampton had a last minute penalty appeal turned down by the referee. Fortunately the ref knows a good and fair tackle when he sees one. This increased Brampton’s frustrations though and they pulled out all the stops going into injury time.
Despite having a full squad, only 1 substitution was made with Kieran Heaford replacing Tristan Young. The fresh pair of legs created a couple of chances in the dying minutes, striker Ross Fairley coming closest, with an opportunity to seal the win before Brampton could equalise, but unfortunately his shot sailed over the cross bar.
Fenstanton had their backs against the wall for the final minute of the game, Dave Moore getting added to the referee’s caution list, but they managed to hold on until the final whistle and the end score was 2-1 to Fenny.
Fenstanton travel to Brampton next week for the opposite fixture. No doubt they will be looking for revenge.
A mediocre performance was enough for Fenstanton to overcome Cottenham United Res 3-0.
Only one change this week with ‘Relic’ Scott Morrison replacing Ryan Hunt in central midfield.
Fenstanton started well and were unlucky not to be ahead in the opening minutes, wasting a few good half chances, but were lucky to still be on level terms with Cottenham coming close with a couple free kicks.
Fenstanton eventually went ahead when Ben Fuller flicked on for Ben Hall, who crossed for Salv Merola to tap in for his first goal of the game.
Fuller should have doubled Fenny’s lead, latching on to a punt upfield by Adam Buckingham, but the White Drogba blazed over.
There was no second half masterclass which we are used to this week, just a bang average performance, with Paul Street clearing off the line 3 times, as Fenstanton rode their luck a bit.
Adam Berrill continued his hot streak and scored yet again just after half time, but Fenny suffered a set back when Ben Fuller went off injured, and Fenstanton didn’t look the same without a target man up top.
With Cottenham starting to press Fenstanton, Salv Merola bagged his second of the game to confirm the victory, scuffing in from a wide position.
Fenstanton booked their place in the final of the Hunts Lower Junior Cup with a 4-1 win away at AFC Stanground Reserves.
Adam Buckingham made 2 changes from the starting XI that beat Wisbech St Mary A last week. David Moore and Dion Lee came in for the absent Ross Fairley and Mark Gallagher.
Fenstanton started well and could have been 1-0 up within the first few moments of the game, but Ben Hall fluffed his lines when well placed.
Fenstanton were dominating the game but were often halted by the assistant referee’s flag, and to make matters worse, Fenny found themselves 1-0 at half time, with the Stanground player smashing in the loose ball after an excellent Paul Street block.
Fenstanton came out in the second half blazing and once they had figured out how to stay onside, they equalised with Dion Lee sliding the ball through to Adam Berrill, who kept his composure to roll the ball under the on rushing goalkeeper.
1-1 soon became 2-1, with Salv Merola scoring his first goal of 2016, timing his run to perfection, before firing the ball against the goalkeeper’s legs, but fortunately the ball looped into the goal.
Stanground now needed to attack Fenstanton, so they changed their formation to 4-3-3, but this just meant more gaps for Fenstanton to exploit them, and Ben Fuller put Fenny 3-1 up, latching on to Man of the Match Adam Berrills chipped through ball.
With 10 minutes left to play, Ben Hall raced through, and slotted Fenstanton’s 4th goal, with a rare left footed shot. Game over.
The game ended on an unsavoury note with a Stanground player receiving his marching orders for foul and abusive language.