Honiton Town plot another successful season
PUBLISHED: 10:24 16 June 2015 | UPDATED: 10:24 16 June 2015
Honiton Town rounded off a magnificent season with a superbly attended end of term presentation evening.
Town boss Kev Blackwell reflected on the 2014/15 season saying: “For myself as first team manager, to win the league was absolutely amazing and a testament to the hard work the lads put in. Now the hard work must start again, the Premier League is a massive step up and I determined to make a good fist of it and most certainly don’t want to go into it happy to sit in the bottom of half of the league. If that is indeed where we finish the so be it. However, it will not be because we have settled for that sort of a berth!
“The squad is packed with local lads, all of whom are looking to stay with us.”
The Town Reserves also had a wonderful season as they secured the runners-up trophy in Fresha League Division Five – this, a third promotion in as many seasons and that’s testimony to the fantastic work down by reserve team boss John Lewis.
Of the Reserve team success, Blackwell says: “I am, so please for John. He has put so much into it and subsequently richly deserved the accolades that came his way.”
As part of the continued development on the pitch at Mountbatten Park, Town have launched a third team who will play in Division Nine of the Fresha League next season.
Blackwell says: “It is all looking very exciting for the coming season. The third team offers an ideal platform for the younger players coming through the ranks. There are also other things in the pipeline within the club and the committee is getting stronger to what we hope can take the club into the new season in a fantastic position.
“At the start of the season I spoke about my hopes for all things local, and I am so pleased that on the whole everyone locally has had a decent season. My old team Dunkeswell consolidated in their league and certainly have plenty to build on for next season after also reaching a cup final. Feniton and Sidbury have been the bench mark locally for us at the top of Premier League finishing second and fourth - I wish outgoing Feniton Manager Mark Kingdon all the very best with what ever he does next, but he has done a fantastic job establishing Feniton at the top of Premier.
Dan Prettejohn has done yet again amazing things with his Upottery charges winning Division 1 - I honestly see no reason why they can’t get yet another promotion. Also over at Offwell, to start a season from scratch to end up being a few results away from Promotion is a fantastic achievement. Manager Scott Phillips and my old assistant Andrew ‘Smoo’ Wall, I am sure, will be proud of their first seasons fantastic work and I have no doubt that will be rewarded next season when they get the promotion they deserve and get Offwell on the right road to where they rightfully belong.”
Town begin pre-season training on Wednesday, July 1, at St Rita’s. There are friendlies lined up for all three Town senior sides so all can head into the new campaign with real optimism that the rise and rise of Honiton Town will surely continue.