Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Honiton Town 2, Bickleigh 5
Town boss Gary Osbourne pulled no punches after a disappointing performance from his team.
He said: “That simply was not good enough. The only good thing to come out of the 90 minutes was that post-match you could tell the players knew themselves that what they had collectively served up was not what we need to be seeing! We started well off the pace, got punished and then had a mountain to climb.”
Trailing to an early Bickleigh goal, a missed penalty from Sam Farmer would have taken Town into the break all square. Shortly after the re-start a slack back-pass gifted a second and Bickleigh quickly added two others to lead 4-0. Darren Witt then struck for Town before Bickleigh added a fifth. The one highlight for the Town faithful was a tremendous 30-yard volley from the cultured boot of Joe Dixon.
This Saturday Town entertain Broadhempston United from Division Two of the South Devon league. Osbourne says: “Last year we reached the third round of this cup. It is not one a side like us is likely to win, but I am looking for a vast improvement from the Bickleigh game and I will make some changes. We brought four new players into the club in the summer and that allows us far greater strength in depth. So this season nobody is going to be assured of a starting berth and that’s how it ought to be.”