Honiton Town snatch a point from the jaws of defeat at Witheridge
PUBLISHED: 15:44 23 September 2014 | UPDATED: 15:44 23 September 2014
Honiton Town returned from a visit to previously unbeaten Witheridge with their own unbeaten record intact after a game that produced four goals, two of them scored late in the contest by the Hippos.
Town travelled without centre forward Joe Mulhall, but his formidable presence was not missed as it might have been owing to the fact that every player involved gave that little bit extra!
Matt Brown fired Town ahead only for the home side to level before the interval.
In the second half Jack Knight restored the Town lead, but again the hosts hit back, first levelling and the taking a 4-2 lead! It looked as if Towns unbeaten start was set to be ended with an injury time penalty from Lewis Couch looking like just a consolation. However there was sufficient time on the match official’s clock for one last raid and Knight slotted his second of the game for Town to bank a point from the jaws of defeat!
Town boss Kev Blackwell said: “I was not happy at half-time and I let it be known that I felt the team spirit and togetherness was missing – possibly due to players being frustrated that the usual passing game could not be maintained for long periods. It changed a tad after the break when the attitude of the lads was in a far better place. Although overall the quality was not at its usual standard with several below par performances, the aptitude and desire was at least very evident with that extraordinary finish.”
Blackwell continued: “To score four goals away from home, and not win is disappointing, but I can only congratulate the team for their fighting spirit and willingness to battle on to the final whistle. I expect certain standards of behaviour on the pitch, and some of it will not be tolerated again. This is a good team, but high standards will only be reached on a consistent basis if equanimity is not maintained.
Its still early days in the league, and teams will start finding their rightful place in the league soon enough, but there are teams who are still just starting out in the division, having only played one or two games, but saying that to be sitting at the top of the league after playing four away from home makes this a great start. However, there’s a long way to go so I would urge any of my players to think this season is going to be a breeze to think again. You only get out of football matches what you put in and the same counts over the course of a long season.”
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