Honiton Town still seeking first away win after narrow defeat to University
PUBLISHED: 18:22 19 November 2017 | UPDATED: 18:22 19 November 2017
Honiton Town’s three senior sides had mixed fortunes as the first team and reserve’s suffered defeats in their respective league outings, but the third team secured an impressive success to remain in the thick of the Macron League Division Eight promotion race.
The Hippos first team travelled to Exeter to meet University having not won an away game since stepping up to the SWP League Eastern Division from the Macron League at the start of the season.
However, they made a lively start and took a sixth minute lead with a goal from Joe Dixon.
It took the high-flying students until then 38th minute to get back on level terms, but they followed that with a second in first half stoppage time to lead at the break.
It was certainly no more than Town deserved when they levelled early in the second half – Elliot Dyer netting from close range after a Ben Ede shot had been parried by the University glovesman.
It was Town who were the dominant force for much of the second half, but they were unable to get the better of a slick central defensive duo and, with 15 minutes remaining, the students bagged all three points.
On Saturday (November 25), Town are again in Exeter for a league game when they visit basement side Alphington (2.15pm).
It’s a big game in ever sense for the Hippos as, if the Alphas were to win then they would move to within two points of the Hippos and have a game in hand.
The Town Reserves also met University opposition as they entertained University thirds in a Macron League Division Two game.
Jack Knight fired Town in front only for the students to restore parity on the half hour with a powerful header. Worse was to follow for Town who, having had the chance to clear their lines, failed to do so and University punished them to take a 2-1 lead into half-time.
A third goal for the students early in the second half gave the Hippos a lot to do, but they stuck at it and a Ryan Pike finish gave them hope. They were mighty close to an equaliser when a Jack Knight effort was cleared off the line, but that was as good as it got for Town who slipped to a narrow defeat. The loss leaves Town mid-table with a dozen points from 10 game so far.
On Saturday they entertain third in the table Bow who have already won on three away grounds in the league this season.
It was the Town thirds who bagged the spotlight as they won 3-0 athome to Division Eight basement side Sandford Reserves with their goals coming from Steve Curry, Tim Huxley and Matty Urquhart.
Next up for the third team is another home game, this time against an Okehampton Argyle side that sit immediately above them in the table. Both teams have 16 points so far this season with Town having played a game fewer. Whichever of the teams wins the game could end the day in second place in the table.