Mepham nets hat-trick as Hippos second team bag fifth straight win


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Honiton Town Reserves powered their way to a comfortable 4-0 home success against Exmouth Amateurs Reserves.

Mountbatten Park supporters were treated to a one-sided affair in which, had the Town strikers had their shooting boots on in the first half then the score might have been double figures – by half-time!”

However, the interval arrived with the game still seeking its first goal. After the break it all changed as Olly Mepham struck a hat-trick and Blake Freemantle also netted.

Manager John Lewis said: “There was one a point during the first half when, with the lad’s clearly not shooting straight, that I felt it might turn out to be one of those days’. However, after a chat at the break we saw an improvement in the shooting in the second half and won at a canter.”

Lewis continued: “Olly [Mepham] rightly takes the headlines with his treble, but it was a generally good all-round performance and the lads played some great football.

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“”Most pleasing for me was the clean sheet and the fact that we restricted them to just one real chance of scoring – that’s how good the defensive work was.

“Along with the hat-trick man, Marc Bowles had a good game as did Luke Phillips up top and it was so good to see Ben Price back in action.”

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The win sees Town sitting just three points off a top three spot in Division Three. Having won just one of their first seven league games they have won the last five. This Saturday (December 17), Town’s good form will be put to the test when they travel to ace table-toppers and unbeaten Bampton. The Mid Devon side had won all 120 of their Division Three games until a 3-03 draw with Perry Street last Saturday ended the sequence.

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