Honiton Town in seventh heaven after double delight

PUBLISHED: 19:02 24 February 2018 | UPDATED: 19:02 24 February 2018

The Honiton Town 1st team strip for the 2017/18 South West Peninsula League season

The Honiton Town 1st team strip for the 2017/18 South West Peninsula League season

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Honiton Town eased their worries about finishing in a bottom two berth in their first season in the South West Peninsula League Eastern Division after a stunning 7-1 success at Mountbatten Park over Liverton United.

What’s more, the Town second team were also in a mean goal-scoring mood as they thumped seven, without replay, past hosts Axminster Town Reserves!

The South Devon side had beaten top three side Budleigh Salterton just seven days before and Town went into this game having not played since January – indeed, this home outing was only the Hippos second league home game in 19 long weeks since an October 14, 4-1 loss to Crediton United.

However, Town made a wonderful start, scoring in just the third minute with a sweeping move initiated by goalkeeper Roan Symonds, who began a passing moved that ended with Tom Perryman arriving to touch the ball home.

It was 2-0 in the 10th minute with Chris Long drilling the ball home from the edge of the area. Jack Knight was yellow carded in the 17th minute, but Town continued to be the dominant force in the contest and it was no surprise when they made it 3-0 through Joe Dixon on the half hour.

They had the ball in the net again soon after, but the ‘goal’ was chalked off for an off-side offence. However, nine minutes before the break they did score a fourth with Lewis Couch the scorer.

Twelve minutes into the second half, Town were a fraction away from a sixth when a superb cross-field ball from Ben Ede was taken on by Chris Long, who then cut in and rifled a shot narrowly over.

Seven minutes later the Liverton net was again bulging with Lewis Couch netting his second before, in the 69th minute, Joe Dixon arrowed a free-kick into the side netting. That proved the final action for Dixon as he made way for Sam Steer.

‘Route-one’ provided the source of Town’s sixth goal, with a Symonds kick pounced on by Perryman to score his second. Liverton hit back with a consolation in the 80th minute, but almost straight from the re-start Town scored their seventh with Couch completing his hat-trick to round off a highly successful day for the Hippos.

In the Town second team’s 7-0 win at Axminster, Luke Phillips, Dom Trewin and Ryan Pike were amongst the scorers.

The updated South West Peninsula League Eastern Division after the win over Liverton

P W D L F A Pts

St Martins 21 15 1 5 48 28 46

Newton Abbot Spurs 20 14 1 5 45 20 43

Budleigh Salterton 23 12 3 8 63 34 39

Crediton United 20 12 3 5 38 24 39

University of Exeter 20 11 2 7 54 39 35

Bovey Tracey 17 11 1 5 33 29 34

Axminster Town 22 9 4 9 42 44 31

Torridgeside 16 8 4 4 43 27 28

Teignmouth 17 8 3 6 40 32 27

Brixham AFC 21 6 8 7 36 39 26

Ilfracombe Town 18 7 4 7 32 33 25

Honiton Town 21 6 4 11 38 46 22

Sidmouth Town 23 5 6 12 41 54 21

Appledore 19 5 5 9 22 45 20

Galmpton & Roselands 21 5 2 14 26 43 17

Liverton United 21 4 3 14 24 59 15

Alphington 20 3 4 13 24 53 13


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