Honiton Town suffer shock home defeat to Sidbury.

PUBLISHED: 09:55 24 November 2015 | UPDATED: 09:55 24 November 2015

Honiton Town during their 2-1 win over Exwick Villa 2nds. Ref mhsp 5660-44-15TI . Picture: Terry Ife

Honiton Town during their 2-1 win over Exwick Villa 2nds. Ref mhsp 5660-44-15TI . Picture: Terry Ife


Honiton Town went down 2-0 to Sidbury United.

Town had been dislodged from the top spot in the Fresha League Premier Division table after new leaders Newtown were awarded points for their ‘no game’ meeting with Sidbury United the previous Saturday.

Sidbury had been unable to raise a side for the game citing a number of issues as being to blame and then, towards the end of week had gone public with an appeal for players to avoid shutting their club down!

It had all the hallmarks of a very comfortable afternoon for the Hippos – but in turned into a nightmare!

Town boss Kev Blackwell said: “It does seem to me as if too many of my players had read the midweek talk of Sidbury’s player plight and clearly pitched up for the game expecting a stroll!

“Sidbury scored both of their goals in the first half and were easily the better side. They were the hungrier of the teams, and it would appear, more prepared to put in a shift for their manager. Despite having the majority of the ball in the second half we generally huffed and puffed through the half, with nothing really to show for the domination with the ball.

“It was a really undisciplined performance, the shape at times was disappointing, as was the overall quality on the ball. We went long with the ball far too much. Sidbury and their manager thoroughly deserved the three points. They battled for each other and got their rewards.

“We looked like a side that perhaps hadn’t played for a number of weeks, and with some of the lads not training regularly, if at all, sadly, on a heavy pitch, it showed! It highlighted again that this league is unforgiving, and I must be ruthless and honest to ensure I select the best team I can for Honiton Town Football Club rather than a bunch of individuals.

“We will put this game behind us and move on, I will be looking for a response whatever side I select for the meeting with Bow on Saturday.”

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