Honiton Town end season on a huge high
PUBLISHED: 16:31 18 May 2015 | UPDATED: 16:31 18 May 2015
Honiton Town finished off a magnificent season with a Seaton Town Challenge Cup final win, writes Steve Birley.
Speaking to the Midweek Herald on the eve of the new campaign Town boss Kev Blackwell had said he looked forward continuing the development of his beloved home town club with the ultimate target of trying to get the club into the highest level of football possible.
Now the Hippos chief can enjoy his summer break from the game knowing that this season will go down as one of the best in recent years for all concerned at Mountbatten Park.
Having wrapped up the Fresha League One title and with it setting the club up to0 perform in the Premier Division next season, Blackwell also saw his charges lift the Seaton Challenge Cup thanks to a 4-1 win against Seaton Town on their own ground!
Blackwell said: “Before the game I figured it’d be a tough match and whilst I championed the lads to go out and win it, deep down I was expecting a game that would test us against the sort of opposition we’ll meet week in and week out in the Premier Division next season. It seemed to be a good opportunity to see how far we had come and what we might still need for next season.”
Missing goalkeeper Matty Long, Jordan Stickland and Andy Isaac it meant Blackwell utilising the wider squad, something he is never afraid to do and once again those that came in stepped up.
A close affair over the first 45 minutes saw the teams go into the break with Town one up thanks to a superb strike from Tom Perryman. Seaton began the second period in the ascendancy. A shot cannoned back off the bar and then gloves man Kieran Conway made a stunning double save before Matt Browns perseverance was rewarded when he poked the ball home from close range. Perryman, the game’s outstanding individual bagged his second and a Lewis Couch free-kick took a deflection and beyond the home keeper to make it 4-0.
Seaton scored late on, but the Hippos were not to be denied.
Blackwell said: “Everyone played their part. That said I have to direct praise towards Steve Trenchard and skipper Darren Witt. Darren has been a loyal servant to the club and turned down many offers to play higher level, but has remained loyal, and I am glad he has and that he is getting his rewards and lifted his first trophy for the club as captain.
“As for the season, what more can I say, I am certainly one mighty proud gaffer and a very happy Hippo.”
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