Honiton Town let three-goal lead slip

PUBLISHED: 09:11 04 November 2015 | UPDATED: 09:11 04 November 2015

Honiton Town during their 2-1 win over Exwick Villa 2nds. Ref mhsp 5660-44-15TI . Picture: Terry Ife

Honiton Town during their 2-1 win over Exwick Villa 2nds. Ref mhsp 5660-44-15TI . Picture: Terry Ife


Honiton Town let slip a three-goal lead and had to settle for a point from their meeting with Exwick Villa.

The two sides had met just seven days before with the Hippos securing the three points with a 2-1 Mountbatten Park success.

Town began well in Exeter, and goals from Joe Mulhall and Lewis Couch, the latter’s another ‘scrap book’ strike from outside the area, gave them an early two-goal lead. Such was the dominance of the Hippos in the first half that the home side managed just a single shot on the away goal!

After the break Villa came flying out of the blocks and the Town goal came under severe pressure.

The storm was weathered and, when Tom Perryman made it 3-0 with 30 minutes remaining it looked inevitable that the Hippos would march on with another victory.

However, a combination of the home side refusing to give up and some in the Town side perhaps thinking ‘the job is done’, saw Villa score a couple of goals in quick succession to set up a grandstand finish.

Those nerves looked to be eased when Tom Perrymaan beat the off-side patch top run on and tuck then ball home only to turn and see, to his abject horror that the linesman was flagging for an off-side offence!

The ‘goal’ being chalked off incident carried even greater significance when, in the final minute, the home side scored their third goal to complete, for them, a terrific comeback.

Town boss Kev Blackwell said: “For me this game shows just how far we have come in as much as we journeyed home feeling disappointed – this against a side we’d now taken four points off this term and they’d taken all six of us 12 last season!

“They (Exwick Villa) celebrated as though they had won the cup, so perhaps we should take that as a compliment.

“It was a hard fought game, Exwick don’t play a lot of football, preferring the tactic of bypassing the midfield and playing the percentage game. Once again I cannot fault the effort of the lads.”

He concluded: “However, we do need to learn from that last 30 minutes, and I am sure we will!”

On Saturday Town entertain a Sidbury United side that are currently in a woeful run of form.

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