Knight treble for new look Town

PUBLISHED: 21:50 11 September 2013 | UPDATED: 21:50 11 September 2013

Honiton Town 5, Topsham Town 2

Town bagged their first win of the Fresha League season with a fine all-round performance, writes Steve Birley.

Jack Knight, one of a number of astute summer signing by Town boss Kev Blackwell, scored a hat-trick on his home league debut whilst another new signing Charlie Lane also marked his first home start with a goal and there was one also from Town stalwart Sam Farmer.

Town trailed to an early goal, but had parity restored by half-time thanks to Knight’s first. Knight scored within a minute of the re-start to put his new side ahead only for the visitors to strike back within three minutes to make it 2-2. That seemed to be the point of the game where Town increased the tempo to take charge and they scored three more with lane, who struck 30 goal for Upottery last season, and Farmer both netting whilst Knight completed his treble one of his from the penalty spot.

Boss Blackwell said: “We started poorly and were actually a little fortunate to be level at the break. However, once they had responded so quickly to us talking an early second half lead we seemed to take the initiative and ended up as comfortable and worthy winners!”

Blackwell is delighted to have assembled the squad he has this year. He says: “It’s really encouraging to see the quality we now have in the squad. Twelve months ago I was hoping we would be at this stage and here we are with genuine competition for places and some very talented players in the colours of |Honiton Town.”

On Saturday Town are in Devon Senior Cup action with a trip to North Devon league side South Molton who were beaten 6-2 at Barnstaple last time out.

Blackwell says: “The league will be our main focus this year, but as we found last year, cup runs create an atmosphere and certainly help with the league programme. We can travel to somewhere new and meet new opposition, it ought to be fun.”

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