Honiton Town - the season so far with Hippos boss Kev Blackwell

PUBLISHED: 16:15 17 November 2015 | UPDATED: 16:15 17 November 2015

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Honiton Town head into the festive season amongst the leading sides in the Fresha League top flight.

It’s quite an achievement for the Hippos as this time last year they were still plying their trade in Division One.

Town boss Kev Blackwell says: “It’s been a brilliant start from the lads to be honest. We knew that we were going into a tough league, and it is, but the lads have done everything asked of them – and more! I know some touted us to be a bottom half of the table side, and I know I championed the fact that for me it was more a case of me being happy to have got the club back amongst the elite in the Fresha Devon and Exeter League.”

He continued: “Given that Honiton Town had never before topped the Premier Division table and we have achieved that three times already this season I think you could justifiably say that the season has already been a big success!

“As I have said before, I’m proud to be manager of my home town club, and to have been able to do my little bit in getting us back where we should be is an honour. I have built a squad over the last few seasons, and some very good players have not been able to force their own way into the team and gone to pastures new. Its disappointing that they have not stayed with the club and made the Reserves (potentially) stronger as John Lewis is hopefully gearing the Reserves up for a good crack at promotion this season.

“However, I am very pleased with my squad, and the attitude of the players as a collective. Its frustrating, for various reasons this season, that I haven’t had my full squad to call on - Dan Broom has been unavailable, Chris Long is still recovering from injury and Andy Isaac has been unavailable for a period now. That said, it shows the strength of the squad that we have been able to still be competitive without the afore mentioned quality.

“Although we have played a few games more than the other teams to be sitting at the top of the league. There is of course, a long way to go, but to be jostling in and around the top is fantastic, and is down to the hard work of the lads. Long may it all continue.”


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