Honiton Town sign of title winning season with narrow defeat at Exmouth
PUBLISHED: 15:37 03 May 2015 | UPDATED: 15:37 03 May 2015
Honiton Town, crowned Fresha League Division One champions in midweek, ended their league campaign with a 1-0 defeat at Exmouth Amateurs.
It’s a measure of just how successful the Hippo’s have been this season that the loss to Ammies was only the teams fourth reversal of the league term.
With a trio of regulars unavailable, Town boss Kev Blackwell gave starting births to some of the players who have seen precious little action this term, something he qualified by saying: “I took the opportunity to give starts to some of the lads who have been so loyal throughout the term. It has been a long season, and sometimes its the unsung hero’s, the lads who actually hold the squad together and can often go unnoticed, particularly in a successful season, and this was my chance to acknowledge the part these guys have played in terms of the bigger picture.”
He continued: “I was pleased with the contribution of everyone involved at Exmouth. I do think Kieran Conway deserves particular credit for stepping in to play goalkeeper at what was very short notice.”
The only goal of the game was a stunning strike from outside the area that would have graced any football stadium in the world!
Blackwell said: “It was a classic goal. The sort of finish, that you simply have to applaud for its sheer brilliance. That’s a very decent Exmouth Amateurs side we have just played and I’d expect them to be challenging for the title next season. I can also see Upottery – who I congratulate on their latest success – also being challengers next year.”
Blackwell already has an eye on next season and the challenge his team will face playing in the Fresha League Premier Division.
He says: “I went last week to watch the Tiverton Town Reserves versus Feniton game and there’s no doubt, based on the quality of that contest, that we have a lot of hard work to do to compete at the top level. Fitness and good communication looks a must, and I feel we will need to also rise to the challenge of attitude – its going to be quite a step up. One thing is clear, we’ll have no room next either for ‘passengers’ or those who like to ‘pass the buck’. I believe the players who play for Honiton Town in the Premier Division are going to need to be the sort who both accept and indeed take, responsibility.”
The Town season is not quite over for on Wednesday (May 6), they travel to Combe St Nicholas to contest the semi-final of the Seaton Challenge Cup.
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