Hippos are again so unfortunate

PUBLISHED: 17:02 12 September 2018 | UPDATED: 17:02 12 September 2018

Ref mhsp 14 17TI 0219. Picture: Terry Ife

Ref mhsp 14 17TI 0219. Picture: Terry Ife

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Honiton Town were edged out by the odd goal in five when they entertained a Brixham side that had won four of their first seven games at the start of the new South West Peninsula League Eastern Division campaign.

The Hippos made a bright start to the game and it was the visitors who were left looking decidedly unsettled as Town moved the ball around Mountbatten Park with real zip and confidence.

However, despite enjoying the lion’s share of the ball, Town fell behind when a lack of concentration at a corner was punished and an unmarked player fired Brixham ahead.

There were no further goals through to half-time, during which time the home faithful must have felt confident that if the Hippos could find one goal, a second would surely follow.

However, at the start of the second half it was Brixham who enjoyed the greater share of the ball and struck with a clinical finish to double their lead. They soon added a third, taking advantage of the fact that the Hippos had pushed up looking to find a way back into the contest.

Town stuck to their task and it was absolutely no more than they deserved when influential skipper Ben Ede scored.

The outstanding Chris Long then headed a second to set up a grandstand finish, but, sadly, that was as good as it got for the Mountbatten Park men.

With regular Town goalkeeper Adam Brook suffering a broken bone in his foot on Friday night, Jake Sellick stepped in to keep goal and did nothing wrong and young Blake Freemantle was handful for the visiting defence all afternoon.

The match was sponsored by Joe Gamblin from the New Street Chip shop ‘Chippie Joes’ and Joe opted for Chris Long as the sponsor’s Man of the Match.

After the game Town boss Kev Blackwell said: “It was nice to finally get a Saturday match at Mountbatten Park. Unfortunately, ultimately it was a day of frustration. It was one of those games that had we scored first in, I am convinced we’d have grown in stature and confidence and gone on to take all three points.”

He continued: “I think the most frustrating thing is that once again we have come out of a close contest knowing we are very capable of giving anyone a game at this level.

“What we can’t continue to do, however, is keep giving sides a head start. That sounds an obvious thing to say, but an early goal would give us that encouragement to build. We can’t give ourselves a reputation of ‘nearly men’ or ‘plucky underdogs’ that can’t get over the line - we are certainly far more capable than that.”

On Saturday (September 15) Town are again in home action at Mountbatten Park when they take on a St Martins side that have won four, drawn three and lost two of their nine league outings so far. Kick-off on Saturday is 3pm.

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