Honiton Town ship five in home defeat to St Martins

PUBLISHED: 14:08 18 September 2018 | UPDATED: 14:38 18 September 2018

Tipton fc. Ref miscsp 44-17TI 2485. Picture: Terry Ife

Tipton fc. Ref miscsp 44-17TI 2485. Picture: Terry Ife


Honiton Town were beaten 5-2 by St Martins in their South West Peninsula League Eastern Division game at Mountbatten Park.

The Hippos made a flying start and took the lead before the first minute had been completed!

Pin-point through-ball from Darren Witt was latched onto by Aaron Doble, who drilled the ball home.

Unfortunately, for home fans, the lead lasted just two minutes when some poor collective home defending was punished.

This current Town side certainly had character and they showed a real positive response and deservedly regained the lead with a Ben Ede goal.

St Martins are a good side and they were not fazed by falling behind for a second time, levelling things up at 2-2 before the halfway mark of the first half.

After the break, the visitors showed a clinical edge to their finishing, scoring three further goals to take the points.

Post match, Town boss Kev Blackwell was certainly not looking to make excuses for his side. However, he does feel that his players are currently getting what seems a ‘harsh deal’ from match officials.

He explained saying: “It’s a big current disappointment for me that I am continually beating the drum to the lads of the importance of being both disciplined and respectful of the match referee and yet it always seems to be us suffering the wrath of the man in the middle.

“Typical of this was the red card issued to Aaron [Doble] who, not for the first time this year, found himself on the receiving end of some attention from the opposing side.”

As for the action, Blackwell says: “I genuinely thought we were set up to win the game. St Martins were good value for their three points, but we didn’t help ourselves with our performance.

“Look, the buck stops firmly with me. I take absolute full responsibility for that, and I always will.

“However, I need to look at things, as current results suggest what we are currently doing is not working. Something isn’t clicking and we are letting little things that happen to us in the midst of a contest ‘get to us’. We need to be stronger than that, individually and collectively. There’s no doubting the ability we have in the ranks, but it’s down to me to glue everything together and look to make sure that the campaign does not become a tougher one than it needs to be.”

The Town Man of the Match, as selected by Joe Gamblin from Chippie Joes, was Darren Witt.

Town face St Martins again this Saturday with the pair contesting a Walter C Parsons Funeral Directors Cup 1st Round tie with the game being played at St Martins and kicking-off at 3pm.

Other Sport Stories


Having narrowly missed out on a place in the SGB Premiership Play Off Final, the ‘Cases’ Somerset Rebels still had a chance of a major trophy, in just their second season in the top tier of British Speedway, writes David Thompson.

Read more
Yesterday, 18:11

Exeter Racecourse resumes action on Tuesday (October 23) with the return of racing to Haldon Hill, writes Lucy Johnson.

Read more
Yesterday, 11:19

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.

Read more
Yesterday, 11:17

Sidmouth and Ottery Hockey Club (SOHC) men’s 2nd XI were edged out 2-1 when they entertained Taunton Civil Service 1st XI.

Read more
Yesterday, 11:17

Sidmouth and Ottery Hockey club Under-14 girls fielded two teams at the first of the season’s Devon Festival meetings.

Read more
Yesterday, 11:16

Having taken four points with a win and a draw in their opening two games, SOHC men’s first team suffered their first defeat since January when beaten 3-0 at Okehampton.

Read more
Yesterday, 11:16

AVR members Kerry Board and Karen Eyre ran the Barnstaple full marathon, writes Dave Mutter.

Read more
Yesterday, 11:11

It looks like the ladies enjoyed the last of what has been an exceptional summer, writes Ann Desmoulins.

Read more
Yesterday, 11:11

Sidmouth and Ottery Hockey Club (SOHC) ladies’ third team were 3-2 winners when they travelled to Torquay.

Read more
Thu, 12:25

There were 23 AVRs who turned up at the hilly Minster Challenge in Axminster, writes Dave Mutter.

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 16°C

min temp: 5°C

Most Read Sport

Useful Links

Family notices
Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Submit a Story
Buy Photos
Google Plus Page
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Read the Midweek Herald e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Midweek Herald twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Show Job Lists

Find planning applications