Honiton Town ship five in home defeat to St Martins
PUBLISHED: 14:08 18 September 2018 | UPDATED: 14:38 18 September 2018
Honiton Town were beaten 5-2 by St Martins in their South West Peninsula League Eastern Division game at Mountbatten Park.
The Hippos made a flying start and took the lead before the first minute had been completed!
Pin-point through-ball from Darren Witt was latched onto by Aaron Doble, who drilled the ball home.
Unfortunately, for home fans, the lead lasted just two minutes when some poor collective home defending was punished.
This current Town side certainly had character and they showed a real positive response and deservedly regained the lead with a Ben Ede goal.
St Martins are a good side and they were not fazed by falling behind for a second time, levelling things up at 2-2 before the halfway mark of the first half.
After the break, the visitors showed a clinical edge to their finishing, scoring three further goals to take the points.
Post match, Town boss Kev Blackwell was certainly not looking to make excuses for his side. However, he does feel that his players are currently getting what seems a ‘harsh deal’ from match officials.
He explained saying: “It’s a big current disappointment for me that I am continually beating the drum to the lads of the importance of being both disciplined and respectful of the match referee and yet it always seems to be us suffering the wrath of the man in the middle.
“Typical of this was the red card issued to Aaron [Doble] who, not for the first time this year, found himself on the receiving end of some attention from the opposing side.”
As for the action, Blackwell says: “I genuinely thought we were set up to win the game. St Martins were good value for their three points, but we didn’t help ourselves with our performance.
“Look, the buck stops firmly with me. I take absolute full responsibility for that, and I always will.
“However, I need to look at things, as current results suggest what we are currently doing is not working. Something isn’t clicking and we are letting little things that happen to us in the midst of a contest ‘get to us’. We need to be stronger than that, individually and collectively. There’s no doubting the ability we have in the ranks, but it’s down to me to glue everything together and look to make sure that the campaign does not become a tougher one than it needs to be.”
The Town Man of the Match, as selected by Joe Gamblin from Chippie Joes, was Darren Witt.
Town face St Martins again this Saturday with the pair contesting a Walter C Parsons Funeral Directors Cup 1st Round tie with the game being played at St Martins and kicking-off at 3pm.