Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Honiton Town scored double figures in a big home win over Crediton United Reserves, but it took a half-time roasting from boss Kev Blackwell to get the team firing on all cylinders, writes Steve Birley.
Town were 2-1 up at the break after a first half in which they were sluggish at best and so, at the break, they got a severe ticking off from the boss!
Blackwell said: “I simply told them that they looked pedestrian. It was as if they were simply going through the motions and I told them I wanted more, much more. There’s no doubt we have a better group of players at the club this season, but, certainly to date, we most certainly do not have a better team and that’s a challenge for this set of players to unite and show me that they are worthy of wearing the Town first team shirt, all playing for each other and, just as they showed in a scintillating 13 minute early second half period, when they chose to play as one they are a very good side indeed.”
Town were simply unplayable for the opening period of the second half as they scored six times in just 13 minutes.
Tim Genders took the scoring honours with four goals and there was a hat-trick from Sam Farmer. The other scorers were Matt Brown and Lewis Couch.
Town boss Blackwell said: “They really responded so well in the second half and if they can re-produces such power on a consistent basis then we could be in for a very good season indeed.”
On Saturday Town, who sit fifth in the fledgling Fresha League Division Two travel to face table topping Dolphin who sport a perfect record with four wins from four games.
Blackwell says: “It’s a great challenge for us and come full-time we will have a better idea of just what is required for us to be challenging this season. There’s no doubt that Dolphin are going to be one of the top sides this term so I am looking forward to how we match up to the best of the section individually and collectively.”
Town have no injury or suspension worries and travel to Exeter with an unchanged squad from the one that put Crediton to the sword.