Honiton Town continue assault on Fresha League One title

PUBLISHED: 08:51 17 March 2015 | UPDATED: 08:51 17 March 2015

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Honiton Town’s march towards Fresha League Division One glory and a place in the Premier Division next season continued in some style as they won 3-0 at home against East Budleigh.

Midweek rain had put the game in doubt. However, thanks to the outstanding efforts of Pete Farmer the Mountbatten Park surface was in excellent condition and that, coupled with Town boss Kev Blackwell having a near full squad at his disposal, set the Hippos’ up for a good afternoons work!

The first 20 minutes saw Town serve up as good a spell of football as they have delivered all season. Joe Mulhall made a welcome return to goal scoring when he fired the Hippos ahead and the lead was doubled with a classic goal! Chris Long began the move with a burst from central midfield. He ran half the length of the pitch before crossing for Andy Isaac who, without breaking stride volleyed the ball past the keeper.

The visitors hit back and the Town back line worked hard to keep another clean sheet and the points were finally sealed when Lewis Couch rifled the ball home.

Boss Blackwell said: “There was an audible sigh of relief when the third goal went in. east Budleigh are battling for every point and made us work hard. Matty Long, back in goal, faced long periods basically redundant. However, his clean sheer was deserved, particularly after his flying save to his right that firstly he had no right to get too, and secondly he could have been forgiven for not going for it! However, given Matty’s own standards he could not let that happen. The Man of the Match award was a close call between Chris Long and Andy Isaac, both have whom have settled into the squad like they have been here for years rather than both joining part way through the campaign. It has certainly been our gain that they decided to sign for their home town club.”

There’s a double-header of action for the Hippos this weekend with Saturdays ‘first-versus-second’ trip to University followed by Sunday’s rearranged game with Beer.

Blackwell says: “I am lucky to have such a fantastic squad, of which I will be making full use over the coming weekend.”


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