Honiton Town suffer back-to-back defeats

PUBLISHED: 13:49 09 October 2018

Honiton 2nds at home to East Budleigh. Ref mhsp 40-16TI 9156. Picture: Terry Ife

Honiton 2nds at home to East Budleigh. Ref mhsp 40-16TI 9156. Picture: Terry Ife


It’s not been a good past few days for Honiton Town as the Hippos have crashed out of the Devon Premier Cup and lost a Monday night South West Peninsula League Eastern Division game.

Saturday’s 4-2 cup reversal at home to North Devon league side Bocca Seniors was followed by a Monday night 3-0 defeat at Crediton United.

For Town boss Kev Blackwell it’s a case of growing frustration at the fact that his team have, so far this season, too many times made it ‘all too easy’ for the opposition!

He says: “The past week, particularly leading up to Saturday’s cup tie, was one of selection woes.

“It’s difficult to be overly critical as I fully accept that lads have lives outside of the football, but it’s very frustrating for the lads that have committed every week and equally displeasing to have two or three lads return to the squad to find that numbers have diminished elsewhere.

“I know that, speaking to other local team managers, this is not a problem only facing us at Town – many teams are experiencing the same and it makes it very difficult to get any sort of playing consistency or indeed work on systems and shapes, when the team is consistently changing.”

He continued: “That said, I was extremely confident of the side that we selected for the cup tie being one that was fully capable of putting in a performance and I wanted to build on our last few outings where the spirit and effort had returned to the side.

“I suppose, on reflection, I had made an atmosphere that was perhaps not as intense as normal.

“I take responsibility for that, and the whole afternoon probably had a feeling of a friendly - I might be wrong, and I know that the lads worked hard, but it had that feel about it and that’s probably how I set things up.”

Lewis Couch and Kieran Conway scored the Town goals in the cup tie defeat and the Man of the Match, once again chosen by Joe Gamblin from Chippie Joes, was the outstanding Town goalkeeper Alex Bowring.

Monday night’s league game at Crediton had left the Town boss hopeful of a full squad, but, again, four who would certainly be part of the match night squad, if not perhaps the starting 11, were unavailable.

Blackwell says: “I genuinely went into the Crediton game with confidence that we had a side capable of getting all three points.

“Don’t get me wrong, Crediton were good value for the points, but, and not for the first time this season, we sadly made it much easier than it should have been for them. Our second half performance was much improved, but we were 3-0 by then and there was too much to do to rescue the situation.”

Glovesman Alex Bowring again had very good game, but Joe Gamblin from Chippie Joes opted for Ashley Mitchell as the Hippos’ Man of the Match.

On Saturday Town entertain Teignmouth at Mountbatten Park (3pm). Boss Blackwell says: “We head into this one clear in the knowledge that something needs to change if our fortunes are to change.”

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