Honiton Town boss Kev Blackwell speaks on the Mountbatten Park mission!
PUBLISHED: 19:44 21 December 2014 | UPDATED: 19:45 21 December 2014
Honiton Town will end the year sitting proudly on top of the Fresha League Division One, writes Steve Birley.
The Hippo’s, under manager Kev Blackwell, have made a superb rise up the Fresha League and if they can continue their current form then they will be a Premier side this time next year!
That fact is not lost on Blackwell who says: “When I took over the first team, for the second time, last season, I was determined to do things my way. Everything is in place for the club to move onwards and upwards. We have a great club house, an excellent surface to play on and are supported by a hard-working committee who allow me to get on with all matter football. All that adds up to a happy ship, and that is most certainly what is currently happening at Town.”
He continued: “I am so proud to have the chance to manage my home town club and if I were not the boss, I’d be on the touchline supporting the team. I am also very fortunate to have a second team boss like John Lewis who shares my views and my footballing philosophy. Local football looks to be a real at Fresha level. Dan (Prettejohn) is doing amazing things at Upottery, Rod has Dunkeswell well and truly on the way back, Scott has Offwell flying once more and of course the benchmark for us all locally are Feniton and they are once again amongst the top teams in the Premier Division. To think we could go on and rub shoulders with the Blues next season is something I would love to see happen.”
Town boss Blackwell continued: “It’s not been all plain sailing since I returned to the hot seat at Mountbatten Park for their have been hard decisions to make in assembling the side as it currently stands. I am also aware the hard decisions will continue to present themselves as long as we continue to be successful. Given the amount of quality players now available it does mean that we have some local lads who are not currently getting a game and that hurts, but that’s also football. We are in a results business and I crave the day when we can see Honiton Town mixing it with the best sides in the county and I truly believe that we can reach that point.
“We are blessed with a useful Under-16 side and that makes me think a third senior team is going to be next on our playing agenda. If that were to come to fruition then I think we’d have a platform to offer football at all levels with Honiton Town. A third team is also going to be vital, going forward, if we are to continue to nurture young talent.
“This current squad is, in my humble opinion, one of the best we have assembled at Mountbatten Park for a considerable time. The potential is there to really kick on. Matt Brown is having a superb season on the right hand side and that’s all the more impressive considering that he played at centre back for me last season!
Equally, I am pleased that the captain Darren Witt is getting his rewards. He would perform any role that the club asked of him, play any position and for any team at the club without hesitation or question. He has been extremely loyal despite other offers and stuck with the club through thick and thin and I hope that we can continue our progress as no one deserves a bit of success than him.
“Saying all that I want the lads to focus on this season and the real opportunity that they have – nothing in football has ever been won before Christmas in terms of long league campaigns and I am certainly not going to make any long term predictions, but if this team fulfils it’s true potential then be sure that the rewards will be there for them and Mountbatten Park will ultimately stage higher level football.”
As for a wish list for 2015, the Town boss says: “I would love both teams to keep building and end this current season with success. I’d love to see the concept of a third team come to the table and I’d like to see this current journey continuing for the foreseeable.”
With Blackwell in charge you’d better believe that the Town success journey has only just begun!
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