Scored five goals away from home but Honiton still lose ...

PUBLISHED: 13:16 04 November 2009 | UPDATED: 00:30 16 June 2010

Devon & Exeter Football League Division 7, Clyst Valley 3rds 6, Honiton Town Reserves 5: Honiton went down to the odd goal in 11 in this top of the table clash on Saturday.

Devon & Exeter Football League Division 7, Clyst Valley 3rds 6, Honiton Town Reserves 5: Honiton went down to the odd goal in 11 in this top of the table clash on Saturday.

To score five away from home and lose is sometimes difficult to accept.

However, it must be said that Honiton never really did enough to win the game, against a useful Clyst side.

Showing a number of changes from last week, Town's defence struggled against the pace and movement of the Clyst forwards, particularly numbers 7 and 9.

It therefore came as no surprise when Clyst took the lead on 16 minutes.

Within five minutes, however, Honiton were level when a well taken free kick from Matt Clothier-Smith beat both the wall and the keeper. Yet Clyst restored their lead a minute later - again after poor Town defending.

Charles Lane equalised for Honiton, who then took the lead when Man-of- the-Match Paul Blackmore finished smartly.

Before half time Clyst squared the game at 3-3.

The second half mirrored the first and Honiton were under constant pressure.

Clyst added two more goals to lead 5-3, before Dan England pulled one back for Honiton.

Clyst scored their sixth and final goal to lead 6-4.

With 15 minutes to go, Captain Steve Charlton added the visitors' fifth.

Honiton's young side should take heart from this match. Clyst are a good side, having lost only to table-topping Dawlish and will no doubt be among the promotion candidates


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