Honiton Town net last gasp winner and hit top spot in Premier Division

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Honiton Town continued their unbeaten start to the new Macron Devon and Exeter League season with a last gasp winner to secure a 3-2 win at Seaton and go top of the Premier Division.

The game was not one for the purists as the heavens opened almost right ion kick-off and continuous rain through much of the first third of the contest made for difficult conditions to play anything like a normal passing game!

Ryan Dunn fired the Hippos into a first half lead and it looked as if the visitors were going to take their narrow advantage into the break only for Seaton Town to level with what proved to be the last kick of the half.

After the break the Hippos found a new gear and took charge of the game, regaining the lead through a Joe Mulhall header.

However, once again Seaton Town showed that they are a side full of character and they powered back to deservedly level things up at 2-2.

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The second half started brighter, and after finding a stronger foothold in the game Joe Mulhall nodded home to put us 2-1 to the good. Yet again Seaton came fighting back and were good value for their second equaliser.

Both sides went in search of a third goal, one that would surely have won an entertaining game, but it did not arrive and, just as both dugouts were preparing to pack up and settle for a share of the spoils Dan Broom, who had arrived at Seaton in his whites after his scheduled cricket match had been rained off, drilled the ball home under the diving Seaton glovesman to seal all three points.

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The goal was harsh on the Seaton goalkeeper as he had been arguably the games stand-out individual performer.

Hippo’s boss Kev Blackwell said: “We were not at our best in the first half as I only saw brief glimpses of our passing game. We did improve significantly after the break, but they (Seaton Town) look a tidy side and once again came back at us after we had got our noses in front for the second time. I really felt the game was done at 2-2 and was accepting a point only for Dan (Broom) to see his shot squirm under the keeper to give us all three points.”

Blackwell continued: “It’s a terrific start to the season, making it 10 points from 12 - all the more impressive is the fact that so far we have played every game away from home against top opposition.”

That away run ended at Seaton for Town are in action for the first time at their Mountbatten Park home on Saturday (September 10) when they entertain Upottery in a Devon Premier Cup tie.

Blackwell says: “I am looking forward to welcoming Dan (Upottery boss Dan Prettejohn) and his team. We are well aware of the fantastic job Dan has done, securing several promotions and his side can also boast a wonderful cup pedigree.

With it being a local derby as well, we look forward to the match and hope we can continue our good results, this time in the cup.”

Saturday’s Mountbatten Park cup tie kicks off at 2pm.

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