Honiton Town make sloppy start on way to defeat at Newtown
PUBLISHED: 08:50 23 September 2015 | UPDATED: 08:50 23 September 2015
Honiton Town were masters of their own downfall as they lost for the second successive Saturday, this time beaten 5-3 at Newtown.
The Hippos undoing was a sloppy opening half hour during which time they shipped four goals.
Town did eventually get their act together and goals from Joe Mulhall and Matt Brown reduced the deficit. It was an early second half goal that proved the key for Newtown then led 5-2 and, despite Town netting a third through Jack Knight, it was the home side that took the points.
Joe Dixon was the stand-out Town player from a central midfield berth.
A disappointed Town boss Kev Blackwell said: “If I thought the Hatherleigh match was one that should have given us a wake up call then Saturday’s match against Newtown should have us flinging the alarm clock across the room! What we have learned from this experience is that, playing at this level mistakes are punished almost every time!
“What really hurt is the attitude during the first third of the match was all wrong, It seemed as if everyone was blaming everybody else. What we need, and what I want, is for a lot more responsibility to be taken by the team. The team has had a lot of success in previous seasons, and it’s not all going to be plain sailing this year, and we will need to certainly get smarter. Ultimately that is down to me and I take the blame, I need to ensure the team is prepared and in the right mind set from the first whistle and not so that they suddenly kick into a contest 30 minutes in!
He continued: “Having said that I was delighted that, once the team settled, they really did deliver for the last two thirds of the contest.
“Despite the defeat and perhaps the manner of it I cant be too hard on the lads, we will have a hard training session in the week and look to put thing right on Saturday (Town meet Clyst Valley). We now have a run of three home games, so to be sat fourth in the top flight table having played some very strong sides with only one game being at home, makes for a healthy start to the season. There’s a long way to go but we need to be focussed in every game.”
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