Honiton Town all set for Tuesday night’s big home derby

The Honiton Town 1st team strip for the 2017/18 South West Peninsula League season

The Honiton Town 1st team strip for the 2017/18 South West Peninsula League season - Credit: Archant

Honiton Town go into Tuesday night’s East Devon derby at home to Sidmouth Town (6.30pm) in good mood after they banked their first point in the South West Peninsula League, Eastern Division courtesy of a 1-1 draw at Brixham.

Town expect another big Mountbatten Park turnout after almost 200 saw last Tuesday night’s 3-1 defeat at the hands of Budleigh Salterton.

At Brixham, the Hippos found a solid surface and played out the 90 minutes beneath a cloudless sky, but they made a bight start before falling behind with another ‘avoidable’ goal.

A misplaced defensive header was punished with a clinical finish to see the home side take the lead.

Town’s response was positive and it was no more than they deserved when a free-kick, well delivered by Aaron Doble, found Martyn Hancock in a crowded area and his clever knock down found Elliot Dyer who drilled the ball home.

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After the break Town enjoyed plenty of the ball and they fashioned a number of chances – all repelled by the impressive Brixham glovesman.

With 15 minutes remaining the Hippos thought they might have bagged all three points when a terrific set-piece delivery fro Ben Ede was headed home by Martyn Hancock only for the referees assistant to raise his flag for ‘off-side’.

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This was, without doubt, a much improved all-round Town performance and, playing like this, that first win at this higher level, must surely be only just around the corner.

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