Wednesday, October 2, 2013
St Martin’s 6, Honiton Town 4
If you want to see exciting football this season, look no further than Honiton Under-14s, writes Jeremy Broad.
On a drying pitch, the early exchanges were positive, with both sides coming close to scoring. St Martins broke the deadlock, with a slide rule pass splitting the Honiton defensive line. Honiton responded well with Jack Katene, Elliott Forwell and Kyle Newham forcing a number of saves or going close. The pace was unrelenting with good end to end football.
The tackling was firm, but fair, which reflected the spirit in which the game was played. Unfortunately, Honiton conceded two soft goals before half time which left them with an up hill task in the second half.
Honiton began the second half brightly and started to play some excellent one touch football, notably some excellent flicks from the substitute Ben Harris. Kyle Newham opened the scoring with a great solo effort and made it a double with a long range strike. With the scores so close, Honiton pressed forward again and again, but failed to equalise. Against the run of play and a tight offside call, St Martins opened the gap again. Cameron Long then conjured up an impressive overhead volley to make it 4-3. With chances spurned at both ends the nerves became somewhat frayed! St Martins added a fifth, but Honiton replied with a great effort from Jacob Wright who met a Jack Smith corner with a powerful bullet header. A freak own goal towards the end of the game was unfortunate, but both sides played their part in a compelling contest.