Honiton Town dish up a 'Jekyl and Hyde' Mountbatten Park show

PUBLISHED: 22:37 14 October 2014

Honiton Town produced a 'Jekyl and Hyde' performance on their way to what was eventually a comfortable 8-2 Devon Senior Cup success over Chudleigh, writes Steve Birley.

Despite leading 3-1 at the break, Town boss Kev Blackwell pulled no punches about his side’s first 45 minute performance saying: “That was as poor a half of football as I have seen from any Town side I have sent into action since taking the hot seat.”

Matt Brown opened the scoring and Lewis Couch doubled the lead before Chudleigh got one back only for Brown to net again before half-time.

The Blackwell interval chat clearly had the desired effect for the Hippo’s were a very different proposition in the second half when they scored five more times with the visiting side managing a goal of their own.

Brown completed his hat-trick and the other scorers were Joe Mulhall, Ryan Dunn, Tom Perryman and Dan Broom.

Blackwell said: “Although we won, and on paper 8-2 looks a hiding. The reality is the first half was sloppy, complacent and simply not good enough. This current Town team is jam packed with fantastic players, with many more waiting on the side lines for their chance, but unless the effort matches the teams aspirations then I am very much afraid that this team’s true potential will not be realised and that would be a footballing crime.”

The Man of the Match award went to three-goal Matt Brown whilst others to earn the manager’s praise for their shifts weere Jack Knight and Shaun Cox.”

For his final word on the cup win. Blackwell said “It was, in the main, a disappointing day, even bitter-sweet, for I know how this lot can and should be performing. We’ll get a good midweek training session in and be ready for the Lymsptone test on Saturday.

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