Pristine Honition beat Elmore in friendly
- Credit: Andrew Symonds
With the SW Peninsula League having cancelled the league this season, it was good to see Honiton Town entertaining Elmore in this covid-secure, friendly / training match.
Following Boris Johnson’s roadmap and social distancing guidelines, the Hippos were unable to welcome supporters into Mountbatten Park but, with all the safety guidelines in place and a pitch that would have looked at home at the local bowling club, the players were looking forward to pulling on their boots.
There has been a lot of work done during the lockdown at Honiton Town, especially from the groundsmen of John Connert and his team.
There have been other changes to The Hippos, and we are not just talking about the longer hair, dodgy home haircuts and the few ‘lockdown gained pounds’ that may or may not of been put on, depending on who you talk too.
When Town can welcome supporters again, they will see the updated supporters stand, concrete foot path and new wall that skirts the pitch on nearly two sides. The Hippos are hoping these will hold advertising signs from local businesses.
On the field of play, it was a good training match between the two sides, with rolling substitutes providing both managers with a chance to look at and experiment with players in different positions.
Town also welcome backed some old faces to Mountbatten Park, which bodes well for next season.
After several months with little or no football, this was a very welcome run-out for the teams, but it was Town that came out as winners after Blake Freemantle lifted the ball towards the back post and Lewis Harvey was grateful for the opportunity to nod the ball past the Elmore goalkeeper for the only goal of the game.
Town would like to thank Elmore helping put this game on and following the necessary Covid regulations.