Honiton Town Under-11s storm back to defeat Whipton
PUBLISHED: 17:46 28 April 2014 | UPDATED: 17:46 28 April 2014
Honiton Town under-11s played out a double-header weekend of football as their season draws to a close.
They began with the short trip to Ottery St Mary for what turned out to be an excellent game between two evenly matched teams who both had spells when they were on top.
With Honiton’s defence of Devon Walcott and Jack Hawker marshalled superbly by Laura-Beth Outram, Ottery were restricted to few clear chances and slowly Honiton began to take control.
A period of sustained pressure midway through the opening half, saw Honiton have several corners in succession and they deservedly took a single goal lead into the break when a clearance fell to Will Whitworth who scored with a thumping volley.
The game followed a similar pattern after the break, with both sides going close without success, but Honiton doubled their advantage when Ben Spence slid in to score from close range. Honiton then held their nerve until the final whistle to secure the three points.
Game two on Sunday saw Whipton visit a soggy St Rita’s and the rain seemed to dampen Honiton’s energy and enthusiasm from the previous day!
This lethargy allowed the visitors to press forward and, after the visitors twice hit the frame of the goal they went onto score twice to grab the early initiative.
The introduction of Matt Beviss into midfield saw the hosts hold a better shape and a period of improved play was rewarded when Caleb Freemantle halved the deficit. Honiton then drew level through Laura-Beth Outram’s venomous free-kick, but the equaliser saw the home side again lose concentration, allowing Whipton a third goal to hold the advantage at the break. The second half brought a much better performance and goals from Matthew Ward, Freemantle with his second and Dan Loosemore saw Honiton eventually run out 5-3 victors.
Players to stand out along with Beviss and Outram were Arron Stevens and James Cairns who both made good contributions, but most pleasing was the spirit the entire Honiton team showed in the way they fought back to win the game.
Honiton’s season concludes this Saturday when they entertain City Raiders, another Exeter side.
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