Honiton Town all set for Macron League Match of the Day part II

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Mountbatten Park stages the Macron League Premier Division Match of the Day on Saturday (March 18) when Honiton Town entertain Newtown in a contest between two of the three teams battling to win the title this season.

The pair met at Newton St Cyres as recently as seven days ago with the Hippos winning 4-0.

However, Town boss Kev Blackwell is very clear about the message he wants his team to take in prior to kick off.

He explained saying: “I am going to do my upmost to get across to the players that last weekend’s win – as good as it was – will count for nothing if we don’t make sure of a positive result in this swift return meeting.

“Defeat on our pitch will simply render the win at their place a terrific opportunity lost. Winning that first game 4-0 put four points between us and its clear that, even if we don’t win this second meeting, simply sharing the spoils would leave us still those four points clear with the games running out.

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“That said, a win would take us what could be a pivotal seven points clear which would be a massive advantage heading into the run-in.”

Town are at full strength for the game. Blackwell says: “They [Newtown] will no doubt possibly try something different. For our part, we’ll go about our work in similar fashion to what we did at Newton St Cyres last Saturday. It’s games like this that we are all in the game for. They don’t come much more exciting than first versus second with the final stretch of the season in sight.”

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Blackwell concluded: “If I had one wish away from the issue of team selection and who to start with, then it’s that the good folk who support the club as well as they do, come out and give the lads their support for this game. One that could shape our destiny in the Macron League this season.”

If the Hippos can win the game and then defeat the other of the three-teams chasing the title – Elmore – who they meet the following Saturday – then they will head into the penultimate month of the season with a healthy lead and the Macron League title clearly ‘theirs to lose’!

The Mountbatten Park big match kicks-off at 3pm.

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