Honiton Town suffer first defeat of season, going down at Exwick Villa

PUBLISHED: 14:29 13 January 2015 | UPDATED: 14:29 13 January 2015

Honiton Town suffered their first defeat of the Fresha league season when beaten 2-1 at Exwick Villa Reserves.

The home side punished some bad Town defending to take an early lead with the Exwick player able to bring a free-kick under control before tucking the ball home.

Driven forward by the inspirational Jack Knight, Town battled back and were on level terms by the break courtesy of a debut goal from Andy Isaac.

The second half was, for the main part, one of great frustration for the large group of Town followers who had made the trip into Exeter. Much of the play was contested in the middle third of the pitch with precious few chances created at either end.

The hosts, who had won all four of their previous league home games, secured three more points with a goal worthy of winning a game at any level, a curling shot that arched its way into the top corner of the Town net.

It might have been a heavier defeat, but for a magnificent penalty save by Chris Long 10 minutes from time.

The save sparked a furious finale from the Hippo’s. Tom Perryman fired a shot marginally wide before Matt Brown had a goal mysteriously chalked off! In the final minute Jack Knights saw a header go just over.

Town boss Kev Blackwell was philosophical at the end. He said: “Of course an unbeaten run coming to an end is disappointing. We did not play as well as we can. Some slapdash defending saw us concede to what was their first attack of the game and a quality home side, who clearly have a powerful and talented squad, did not need to be given that sort of a head start! We did show in spells what we are capable. Like all good teams, the test of character and resolve comes in the way it deals with a setback. For us the mission is clear. Bounce back quickly and show against Lympstone on Saturday that this was merely a blip.”

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