Hippos hit Fresha summit with eight goal show

PUBLISHED: 16:08 13 October 2015 | UPDATED: 10:18 15 October 2015

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Honiton Town sailed to the summit of the Fresha League top flight after an emphatic 8-2 Mountbatten Park success over Willand Rovers Reserves.

The sides had met a few weeks before in Mid Devon when the Hippos had prevailed by the odd goal in three, but this contest was to prove a lot more comfortable watching for Town supporters after Lewis Couch scored a quick-fire brace – one with his head – to put the hosts in charge in the early exchanges.

Despite the flying start, Town were unable to turn continued first half dominance into further goals and so trooped off at half-time with the 2-0 advantage.

The break gave Hippos boss Kev Blackwell the opportunity to remind his side that they had the chance to end the weekend on top of the Premier Division and urged them to go out in the second half and show what a good side they are.

The team responded in fine fashion and six second half goals were answered by a couple from the visitors.

Couch completed his hat-trick and Tom Perryman bagged a brace with the other Hippo’s goals coming from Joe Mulhall, Tim Genders and Henry Smith.

Town boss Blackwell said: “The score line suggest we turned them over and yes, by the final whistle we had done a number on them. However, there were stages in the game when they (Willand) might well have hurt us. The half-time talk was important and, in the second half, the lads performed at a high tempo. It was certainly important to keep the home run going, and as pleasing as it is to go back to the top of the league, with so many other sides involved in the cup, we took advantage but we face a massive away day this coming Saturday against Feniton who will remain one of the favourites for the league title.”

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