Honiton Town great value for midweek draw at high-flying Bovey Tracey

PUBLISHED: 11:19 19 October 2018


Honiton Town served up a superb all-round show on their midweek visit to high-flying Bovey Tracey to contest South West Peninsula League Eastern Division points.

The Hippos came from behind twice to richly deserve a share of the spoils in a 2-2 draw thanks to goals from Ben Ede and second half substitute Rikki Pitter.

Town fell behind in most unfortunate circumstances when, what was a seemingly harsh decision to award a penalty kick, drew a superb initial save from Hippos’ glovesman Alex Bowring only for the ball to fall invitingly for the home spot kick taker who made no mistake second time round!

Town, with a real sense of injustice at the penalty award, settled into the contest and began to pass the ball well. Ben Ede, Joe Dixon and Aaron Doble seized control of the middle third and half-time arrived with the home side still that single goal ahead.

During the break the Town management and coaching staff reminded the team how well they had been playing in the hope that it would create greater self belief and it worked!

After the break the Town front three of Tom Perryman, Chris Long and Blake Freemantle created real problems for the home back line.

Parity was deservedly restored when Ben Ede rifled home a free-kick.

A rattled Bovey Tracey side hit back, but the Town back four and glovesman Bowring were equal to the best the home side could offer.

Indeed the only way they were to be beaten for a second time was with a fortunate ‘own goal’ scored by Darren Witt who had been left with no choice but to make an attempt at getting to the ball before the Bovey centre forward.

Again feeling hard done by in terms of having no luck, Town responded with real character and determination. Moments after having vociferous shouts for a penalty turned down, Town drew level once more when Blake Freemantle’s free-kick was turned home by Rikki Pitter.

A delighted Town boss Kev Blackwell said: “The midweek trip offered us the opportunity to build on Saturday’s clean-sheet win over Teignmouth.

“However, with our hosts [Bovey Tracey] being in good form and having suffered just the one defeat in the league so far this season it was a tough ask for us to go there and bring something home.”

“A midweek match can be an often tricky proposition what with work commitments and one thing or another, but to see the amount of Hippo’s turn out and be ready for the cause was brilliant - as was walking towards the dug out turning around and seeing, and then hearing the supporters”

He continued: “It shows me that people are willing to make the journey, hopefully based on what they are seeing.

“I am so pleased for the lads, especially after their Saturday efforts. They showed so much character to twice come back and a pint was the very least we deserved for our efforts.”

Joe Gamblin from Chippie Joes selected Ben Ede as his Man of the Match.

Town are back in action on Saturday when they travel to Budleigh Salterton for a league game (3pm).

Blackwell says: “Now we can travel there with confidence and look to build on our last two very good performances – and results.”

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