Hippos in seventh heaven in South Devon

PUBLISHED: 16:49 03 September 2018 | UPDATED: 16:50 03 September 2018

Ref mhsp 14 17TI 0219. Picture: Terry Ife

Ref mhsp 14 17TI 0219. Picture: Terry Ife


Honiton Town scored five times during a 10-minute spell late in the first half of their South West Peninsula League Eastern Division match at Liverton and went on to claim a richly deserved 7-1 success.

The game’s first goal arrived in the 35th minute with Tom Perryman the scorer. Once ahead, the Hippos took charge and a double from Blake Freemantle together with one each from Charlie Selley and Ash Mitchell saw Town into a 5-0 half-time lead.

Seven minutes into the second half the home side got a goal of their own, but the five goal margin was soon restored with Selley netting his second.

With five minutes remaining, Perryman finished what he started by scoring his second and the Hippos seventh of the game.

The win followed a narrow midweek home defeat at the hands of Sidmouth Town, who took all three points with an 80th minute winner.

After the midweek game, Sidmouth Town manager Richard Pears was very complimentary about the Hippos’ organisation and approach.

Town boss Kev Blackwell said: “It’s certainly nice to have some positive feedback from a fellow manager.

“I think we can consider ourselves unlucky not to take something from the Sidmouth meeting, but they were clinical with their chances, whilst we obviously weren’t. That said it was not for the want of trying! The fact that four days after coming to us, and winning 1-0, they [Sidmouth] won an FA Vase tie at higher-ranked opposition, does suggest to me that we can take a lot from our midweek performance.”

As for the 7-1 at Liverton and the fact that it should boost individual confidence, Blackwell says: “We have tried to build up the confidence of the lads; it certainly been lacking.

“Winning well away from home should show the players that we are ‘getting there’ in terms of performances and players are becoming braver on and off the ball.

“When you play as well as we did at Liverton, it’s not easy to pick an individual who stands out. However, Charlie Selley stood out in his role up front, and it was pleasing to see Tom Perryman and Blake Freemantle play with a bit more freedom and, hopefully, confidence.”

Town now have back-to-back home games over the next two Saturdays with a visit from Brixham, followed seven days later by a visit from St Martins.

Blackwell says of the next two games: “They are going be two really tough games against very good teams, but it’s going to be brilliant to get a 3pm kick-off at home and build on our start to the season. Hopefully, we can make Mountbatten Park a hard place for visiting teams to perform at.”

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