Honiton Town sit proudly on top of the Fresha Premier League

PUBLISHED: 17:53 07 September 2015 | UPDATED: 17:53 07 September 2015

Honiton Town action at Willand Rovers Picture: ROB MITCHELL

Honiton Town action at Willand Rovers Picture: ROB MITCHELL


Honiton Town sit proudly on top of the Fresha League Premier Division.

This historic moment has arisen after the Hippos travelled to Mid Devon to take on a Willand Rovers Reserve side that had won their opening game the week before.

At times, this was not Town at their best. However, given that it was their fifth outing inside a couple of weeks, that’s hardly surprising!

They began the game well and some terrific one-touch passing ended with Tom Perryman applying a finish befitting of the Toolstation League Premier Division setting the contest was played at.

The home side, who also passed the ball with real intent, levelled just before the break and the sides trooped off at 1-1.

There was just one further goal in the second half, another slick finish this time from Joe Mulhall.

Thereafter the Hippos back line stood firm, weathering some excellent home pressure and the full time whistle was blown with the Hippos deserved, if narrow, winners.

Town skipper Darren Witt was the star of the show, his performance was an inspiration to his team mates.

Whisper it quietly, but this Town team have every chance of lasting the pace at the top level of local football. That’s quite a remarkable statements just two years ago the team, also then under the management of Kev Blackwell, were in the third tier of the Fresha League!

Boss Blackwell says: “Despite it being early days in the league, I couldn’t have wished for a better start - that again is simply down to the lads and their attitude, endeavour and application - all of which has been first class. The position in the league, however temporary, should be a real boost to the lads, and from my perspective has given me some small justification in the tough decisions that I have had to make to help get the lads to where they are now proudly sitting.”

This Saturday (September 12) it’s more away action for the Hippos as they go to Hatherleigh for the second time in a month. On their last visit they won 3-1 when the pair met on the opening day of the Fresha League season.

A similar outcome on Saturday and the Hippos will be taking their stunning league progress in the Devon Premier Cup.

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