Honiton Town crowned Fresha League One champions
PUBLISHED: 11:52 21 April 2015 | UPDATED: 08:39 27 April 2015
Honiton Town's 2-0 Monday night success in Somerset coupled with a defeat for Exwick Villa means that the Hippo's have been crowned Fresha League Division One champions.
Town travelled to Somerset with a team missing a number of regulars through work.
Steve Trenchard made a return to action and he served up a stunning shift, marshalling the back line very well and linking up superbly with skipper Darren Witt.
The Welllington pitch is one of the largest in the Fresha League and, with the surface being hard, it made playing a crisp passing game very difficult.
Midfielders Jack Knight and Dan Broom worked hard in the middle of midfield, but this was to be a night when everyone on duty did their bit for the cause.
The opening goal owed much to the guile and craft of Lewis Couch who lobbed the home keeper to perfection.
Chris Long completed the scoring to ensure that Kev Blackwell and his team travelled home in the knowledge that not only had they secured three more points, but when news filtered through of a defeat for rivals Exwick Villa Reserves, Town were also champions!
For Town boss Blackwell, the fact that his home town team are set to begin next season in the Premier Division is something he always set as the ultimate target when he took over the Mountbatten Park hot seat three seasons ago with the Hippo’s then plying their trade in Fresha League Division Two.
Unsurprisingly, a delighted Blackwell was quick to heap praise on the fact that the run of success was very much down to a team effort, on and off the pitch.
He said: “I know when I took the job I said we simply had to get this club playing at a higher level. To reach the Fresha League top flight so soon is arguably a case of us being ahead of schedule. Mind you, the rise and rise of our club is very much down to a massive collective effort. Yes, in terms of the points banked, that’s down to a wonderful group of players who have consistently delivered high quality performances. Off the pitch the committee have, quite frankly, worked their socks off. The support the team, and I include the second team in this as we are a two-team club, has been second to none, and that is from inside, and outside, the committee room. Yes, there’s little doubt that Kev Blackwell is mighty proud and indeed honoured to be the gaffer of the Honiton Hippo’s.”