Honiton Town's Mulhall just foursome in Clyst Valley victory

PUBLISHED: 22:04 27 October 2014 | UPDATED: 22:04 27 October 2014

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Honiton Town had to work hard before seeing off Clyst Valley 5-2 in a Fresha League Division One encounter at Mountbatten Park.

A below-par first half performance from Kev Blackwell’s table-topping Town side saw them go in with a narrow 2-1 advantage thanks to a brace from Joe Mulhall who netted with a diving header and bagged his second just before the interval.

Boss Blackwell clearly said what was needed during the break for it was a much improved second half showing from the Hippos.

They were pegged back when the visitors levelled from the penalty spot, but Mulhall completed his hat-trick to restore the lead.

A key moment followed when Town goalkeeper Matty Long pulled off a tremendous save from another penalty. That seemed to spur the Hippos to greater endeavours and they increased their lead with an 80th minute Tom Perryman goal.

Mulhall then finished what he started with his fourth and the game’s seventh and final goal.

Substitute Ryan Dunn saw a late shot cleared off the line, but a sixth goal would have been harsh on the visitors.

Blackwell said: “It was a Jekyll and Hyde show in as much as we were sluggish and wasteful before the break, but far more cohesive and mobile in the second half. I was disappointed with the first half showing, and let the lads know that I was unhappy, and let them know in no uncertain terms that should be thinking that too! The Matty (Long) save was pivotal; moment, had that gone in we might have not gone on to claim another three points.”

On Saturday Town take on Exmouth Amateurs in a cup tie. Blackwell says: “Cup competitions are important with regard to the bigger picture so I am keen to make progress. However, it is an opportunity to ring the changes and give game time to the wider squad.”

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