Broom nets as Hippos complete double in South Devon

Honiton Town achieved a South West Peninsula League Eastern Division ‘first’ for the club as they recorded back-to-back away league wins for the first time thanks to a 1-0 victory at Galmpton and Roselands.

The Hippos, who had last been in action on December 9 when they won 5-1 at Sidmouth Town, were good value for the points in South Devon, banked thanks to a 79th minute Dan Broom header from a Ben Ede free-kick.

It also made it a second double for the Hippos, who had also beaten the South Devon side 1-0 when they met in East Devon earlier in the campaign – their other double has been home and away wins over Sidmouth Town.

The game was one of only three in the Eastern Division to beat the weather on the first Saturday of 2018. The other matches saw Budleigh Salterton defeat Brixham 2-0 while Torridgeside and Newton Abbot Spurs drew 1-1.

The victory, a fifth of the league campaign for the Hippos, takes them above Galmpton and Roselands in the table.

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Next up for Town is a Saturday, January 13, home game against Brixham.

The win at Galmpton leaves the Hippos now facing just three more away games in their inaugural league campaign at this level. They were without an away success in any of their first 11 away games, but now have the two successive victories. They have trips to Appledore, Ilfracombe and Newton Abbot Spurs to negotiate this season.

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A mid-table finish would be seen as a terrific return for the club and they will achieve that with ease as their home record is good and the bulk of their remaining 11 league games are at home with visits to Mountbatten Park to come from Alphington, Axminster Town, Bovey Tracey, Ilfracombe, Liverton, Newton Abbot Spurs, St Martins, Torridgeside and University, all to come after this coming Saturday’s outing.

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