Honiton Town Reserves so unlucky in cup tie at Broadclyst

PUBLISHED: 07:55 16 November 2015 | UPDATED: 07:55 16 November 2015

Football goalnet. Ref shsp 7216-33-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

Football goalnet. Ref shsp 7216-33-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

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There was another frustrating match day for Honiton Town as they lost a second successive Fresha League Saturday to the weather.

The Hippos were due to face a stern test of their lofty status with a trip to Heavitree United.

It was the same sad tale of woe for the Town third team who had their game cancelled.

However, the Town Reserves did play as their Firewatch Devon Senior Cup tie with Henry’s Cronies was switched to the drier surface east Broadclyst.

Town first team boss Kev Blackwell travelled across to Broadclyst to see the game and said: “The team did the club proud. John (Reserve team boss John Lewis) wrung every ounce of energy he could from his players. They were fantastic and it must be taken into consideration that they were playing a Cronies die currently beating all that come before them in Fresha League Two, winning every game scoring 34 goals in just seven games to date.”

Blake Freemantle fired Town into the lead, but Cronies levelled just before the break.

In the second half the Town defending was of the highest order. Dave Richards and goalkeeper Dom Carswell deserve special mention for their exceptional individual shifts. The bad weather on the day meant that the action was played out late ion in semi-darkness and had it not been for a last gasp winner from Cronies it is highly possible that the game might have had to be abandoned so bad was the light – or lack of it!

Reserve boss Lewis said: “We always knew it would be tough against one of the best sides in the area. They (Cronies) sport quality throughout their side, but the lads matched them in every department and probably put in greater effort than then. Sadly it was not meant to be. Losing to the last kick of the game is tough – but it’s all part of football. I honestly felt on Saturday night so pleased knowing that I’d watched my team play so well against top opposition. They were all heroes in my eyes and I can’t praise them enough from Dom in goal to my front three who, two of whom were 16 and one was 18. This team can enjoy a bright future, now we need to get back to league work and climb the table.”

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