Honiton Town’s inexperience the key in Sidmouth defeat

PUBLISHED: 14:30 04 October 2011

Honiton Town were beaten 4-2 at Mountbatten Park by Sidmouth Town Reserves and were masters of their own downfall.

Boss Gary Osbourne had suggested the previous week that what his young side lacked was experience and sadly it was inexperience that cost them dear as they shipped four near identical goals to the Vikings.

A big plus for the Town boss was the performance of Joe Dixon in midfield, the teenager crowned another mature shift with a fine goal.

The other Town goal came from Josh Gribble and they might well have finished much closer to the Vikings had Darren Witt not missed a first half penalty.

Osbourne said: “We were found wanting at set-pieces and shipped some very avoidable goals but a big plus for me is that that is the sort of thing we can solve on the training ground. We had nine teenagers on duty against Sidmouth and, whilst that might cause some worries today, it certainly augers well for the future of Honiton Town Football Club. I can say with a degree of certainty that the sort of mistakes we made in this game will not be being made come the end of season and that is what game time experience brings for young players”.

Next up for Osbourne and his side is a Devon Senior Cup tie at home to Chagford on Saturday.

Osbourne says of the game: “With it being a cup tie and our Reserve’s not having a game it’s an ideal opportunity for me to take a good look at some of the other players we have at the club.”

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