Brown brace as Town’s perfect start continues with cup win at Cheriton Fitzpaine

PUBLISHED: 14:40 16 September 2014 | UPDATED: 14:40 16 September 2014

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Honiton Town returned from a long trek to Mid Devon with a place in the next round of the Devon Senior Cup after a 3-1 success at Cheriton Fitzpaine.

The home side made a bright start and, could, perhaps should, have scored before the Hippo’s broke the deadlock.

Matt Brown was the scorer with his left foot shot squirming under the fully stretched goalkeeper.

It was Brown who doubled the Town lead, cutting in from the right before rifling the ball into the roof of the net.

With a two goal half-time lead Town boss Kev Blackwell made a slight change to his team’s shape and it almost paid immediate dividends as, shortly after the restart, Lewis Couch went close to extending the lead with a header.

The Cherries halved the deficit with what initially appeared to be a speculative shot from the edge of the area that ultimately arrowed its way into top corner of the goal.

Stung by the goal, the Hippo’s were quick to restore the two goal advantage when good work from Wayne Baker set up the seemingly tireless Joe Mulhal to tuck the ball home with what proved to be the game’s final goal.

A delighted Town boss Blackwell said: “Overall I am very pleased with the victory. However, I am going to need to remind the lads to stay focussed, concentrate on their jobs as part of the team and the rewards will come. After four straight away games and four victories its clear the new lads have settled into or way of doing things almost seamlessly.”

On Saturday the perfect start to the season will be given its biggest test when the Hippos meet another team with a 100 per cent record this term, Witheridge. Blackwell says: “It does look a very strong and competitive division. Both ourselves and Witheridge have started well, but it is early days. However, tables don’t lie and everything suggests we should not take this game lightly and make sure we are fully prepared for what I expect to be a very tough game.”


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