Honiton Town now just two wins away from Macron League title joy

PUBLISHED: 13:09 17 April 2017 | UPDATED: 13:09 17 April 2017

Honiton at home were held to a one all draw against Elmore. Ref mhsp 16-17TI 1045. picture: Terry Ife

Honiton at home were held to a one all draw against Elmore. Ref mhsp 16-17TI 1045. picture: Terry Ife

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It was quite a past week for Honiton Town boss Kev Blackwell with a Thursday night defeat to title rivals Newtown – beaten 6-1 at Okehampton – a result that put the destiny of the Macron League top honour back in the Hippos court!

However, Easter Saturday opponents Elmore pitched up at Mountbatten Park knowing that, with that Newtown midweek defeat, if they could beat Town, then they would have a real chance of going on and winning the title themselves.

The Tiverton-based side began the game well and looked the better of the teams in the early stages. For the first third of the contest Elmore were in the ascendancy, but they did always have to keep an eye out for the lively Joe Mulhall who, had the post not got in the way, would have fired the Hippos’ into a first half lead.

Elmore did strike first, but Town responded as potential champions should and levelled through a Ben Ashford header, the defender rising above everyone else in a crowded area to head home a Lewis Couch free-kick.

Elmore were soon back on the front foot as they desperately sought a second goal, but it was not forthcoming, mainly due to some terrific defending from the Hippos back line.

Town boss Kev Blackwell said: “It was a superb game of football between two well-matched teams who both played the right way. The spirit was terrific throughout and, if I am honest, a draw was the fair outcome.”

Blackwell continued: “The situation we find ourselves in now is special. However, it is a position we may never have the luxury of being in again and that’s why it really means so much that, having got this far, we go on and make that new piece of club history.

“I remember feeling so proud when we realised the dream of reaching the Premier Division a coupe of years ago and I honestly through that might be where the journey ended and the rise and rise stopped – albeit for a time.

“However, that’s proved not to be the case and we have continued to enjoy success and make further progress thanks to the magnificent players we have in our dressing room.

“You could not ask for more as a manager to know that if your team win both their last two games then they will be crowned champions.

“It’s in our hands now and all set for a big finish. For us it’s got to be a case of ignoring what goes on elsewhere and simply do what has to be done – win the last two.”

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