Knight and Mulhall net as Honiton Town march on

PUBLISHED: 16:27 19 January 2016 | UPDATED: 16:27 19 January 2016

Goal!

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Honiton Town continue to sit in the Fresha League Premier Division top three after a 2-1 home win over Hatherleigh Town.

The first half was a relatively tame affair, though with neither side having played since before Christmas that was probably understandable!

With both defences on top half-time arrived with the game still seeking a goal. All that changed after the break when, following a goal mouth scramble, Jack Knight bundled the ball home, to give the Hippo’s the lead.

Joe Mulhall, who impressed throughout the contest as one of a lively front three pairing, doubled the lead with the assist down to one of his strike partners.

Tom Perryman, who spent much of the match tormenting the visitors’ right back, turned the defender inside out once again before crossing and Mulhall diverted the ball home, much to the delight of another excellent Mountbatten Park turnout.

Two goals down, Hatherleigh threw caution to the wind and the Honiton defence was made to work hard to keep them at bay. Matty Long in goal, was vocal and athletic and he organised the defence with real class. In front of him, skipper Darren Witt, Ryan Gibbs, Correy Couch and the outstanding Matt Brown, did enough to restrict the visitors to a late reply – ironically an own goal- own goal, though a magnificent goal line clearance by Brown ensured that Town took all three points!

A delighted Blackwell said: “It was a terrific display from all areas. It is always tough when you come back to play after a lengthy lay-off, and then have to play in conditions that were not conducive to a passing game. ”

Just getting a match on at Mountbatten Park was something to behold after so much local football has been cancelled this month.

Blackwell was quick to praise the people responsible for the ground work saying: “It was only down to the supreme efforts of Jon Connet and Pete Farmer - both spend far too much time at the club – that the game got the green light. Their efforts really are appreciated”

There’s no game for Town this coming Saturday which is frustrating for Blackwell who says: “It is a great shame that we do not have a game this weekend. I would have likes us to have the opportunity to get a little momentum going. However, there is action for both the Reserves and third teams and I would urge supporters to please get along and give the teams their support.”

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