Honiton Town’s cup run ends at semi-final stage
PUBLISHED: 16:29 12 March 2013 | UPDATED: 16:29 12 March 2013
Honiton Town 1, Tiverton Town 4
Honiton Town’s wonderful Firewatch Devon Senior Cup run is over.
Town made a positive start and were the equal of the higher level visitors for the first half hour.
Then, in a period of 15 minutes through to the interval they conceded four times, twice from the penalty spot to leave the game effectively all over by the break.
In the second half they scored a consolation courtesy of Mark Bowles.
Town boss Kevin Blackwell had watched the Mid Devon side win handsomely at Cullompton Rangers in midweek and took a number of things he saw from that into his cup planning.
He said: “I saw Tivvy at Speeds Meadow (the home of Cullompton Rangers) that Tivvy were playing with their full-backs pushed on and they did have some talented players who liked to get the ball down and pass it around. They played with a 4/3/3 and so we came up with as battle plan that actually worked very well for the first third of the contest. Sadly though, we were the makers of our own downfall in a miserable period between the 30th minute and the half-time break when we shipped four goals, and in all honesty it could have been more. That said, at the interval we spoke about what had gone on and how we had done so well in the opening half hour and we asked the players to go out and effectively win the second period - which they did.”
He continued: “I am so fortunate to have such a genuine bunch of very honest hard-working players and we all make mistakes. We win together and we lose together. What pleased me most was to see the character come to the fore in the second half when we could have simply thrown the towel in, but we opted to play and that is very encouraging.”
As for where we go form here. It’s pretty obvious to me that we can either continue to mope about the disappointment of getting so near to a final and yet not making it over the last hurdle. Or we can rise from the ashes of a semi-final heartache and really throw ourselves at the remainder of what is going to be a congested time between now and early May with plenty of Fresha League action and look to finish as high as we possibly can. In terms of our season’s aim, my first intent when I took the job was to try and get the profile of this wonderful football club raised. By reaching the last four of a county competition we have done just that, now we need to build on this and ensure that we have more similar occasion in the future. The players can use the disappointment of a semi defeat to really take this club on.”