Honiton Town share six goals with visiting University

PUBLISHED: 22:08 11 November 2018

Honiton Town away at Budleigh. Ref mhsp 43 18TI 3409. Picture: Terry Ife

Honiton Town away at Budleigh. Ref mhsp 43 18TI 3409. Picture: Terry Ife

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Honiton Town’s unbeaten home record has run into a third month after a 3-3 draw with University on the second Saturday of November.

The Hippos were last beaten at Mountbatten Park back on September 15 when they went down 5-2 to St Martins.

However, some of the most faithful Town followers might suggest that this was ‘two points dropped’ and not ‘one gained’ given that their previous home game had seen them beat table-topping Elmore 3-2.

A factor may well have been that the Hippos had not played for a fortnight – they had no game the Saturday before – and another consideration has to be that, depending on what point in the season you meet the University team you can face a very different side in term time against a meeting during ‘the holidays’.

The students had arguably their strongest side available to them, but it was the Hippos who struck first with Rikki Pitter heading home from a cross in the very first minute of the game!

It got even better for the Town faithful as they witnessed a second home goal not long after with Chris Long the scorer and Pitter the provider of the ‘assist’.

Trailing 2-0 seemed to spark the students into a reaction and it was a good one, and a clinical one as they scored twice themselves to troop of at half-time with honours even.

Town took the lead for the third time in the contest early in the second half when, after good work from Andy Isaac, Brett Sellick rifled the ball home.

However, the students hit back once more and parity was swiftly restored. Both sides then went in search of a fourth goal, but it was not forthcoming and the game at 3-3.

Town boss, Kev Blackwell, said: “Hand on heart, a draw is a fair result. They [University]are an extremely clever side, and work hard for each other.

“They often seemed to have an extra man as they seemed to double up on both flanks and their movement was first class. They worked the ball very well and asked questions of us all afternoon.”

He continued: “It did not help us having the previous week off. I felt we were a tad ‘leggy’ and, at times, we certainly lacked the urgency we had shown in the win over Elmore.

“We also have to look at the way we respond when things aren’t going to plan. This will be addressed on the training field and we will put things right.”

Blackwell concluded saying: All that said it just shows how far we have progressed in recent weeks that we are disappointed with a draw.”

Town are back in home action on Saturday (November 17) when they entertain Newton Abbot Spurs (2.15pm).

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