Hippos nap hand win at Newton
PUBLISHED: 08:16 07 October 2014 | UPDATED: 08:16 07 October 2014
Honiton Town sit proudly on top of the Fresha League Division One table after a 5-1 win at Newton St Cyres.
What made the Hippo’s fifth win in a six game unbeaten start to the league season all the more impressive was that the Mid Devon side had suffered just one defeat prior to Saturday.
Town made a confident start playing into a strong wind at their backs and took the lead through jack Knight who reacted quickest after a Tom Perryman cross had been met by a Joe Mulhall header that the home keeper saved.
The home team, to their credit, were quickly back into the contest and levelled on the half hour with a slick move and finish. After the break Town, with assistant boss Neil Holt – in charge with Town chief Kev Blackwell on his honeymoon – clearly delivering an inspired interval chat, were a yard quicker.
The lead was restored when Ryan Dunn, making his first start after a couple of weeks out, rifled a 25-yard screamer into the top corner of the net.
If that goal got the travelling Town faithful excited, so did the next, a near carbon-copy with Jack Knight putting boot to ball with great effect! Dunn bagged a second to make it 4-1 before Wayne Baker, who started on the bench, scored the fifth and final goal.
Town assistant boss Holt said: I cannot praise the lads highly enough. Indeed it’s a big round of thanks to them all for their collective attitude and effort from first whistle to last. It was not easy in the first half with the wind playing a part, but after then break we were in near total command. I have no doubt that if we can sustain this sort of performance then we will be there-or-thereabouts at the end of the season.
On Saturday Town entertain Chudleigh Athletic in a Firewatch Devon Senior Cup second round tie.