Hippos suffer more availability woe and are beaten at Waldon

PUBLISHED: 12:17 27 November 2018 | UPDATED: 12:17 27 November 2018

Honiton Town away at Budleigh. Ref mhsp 43 18TI 3420. Picture: Terry Ife

Honiton Town away at Budleigh. Ref mhsp 43 18TI 3420. Picture: Terry Ife

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Honiton Town suffered a 3-0 defeat when they travelled to face Waldon Athletic in their latest South West Peninsula League Eastern Division game.

Once again, the days leading up to the game saw more of what has become a regular event at Mountbatten Park – availability woes – and it was only with the support of the Town Reserve team boss Andrew Pike that Hippos’ manager Kev Blackwell was able to field a competitive side for the match.

The home side took the lead with a slick finish and bagged another when the fleet-footed winger broke the Town off-side trap. The Hippos were always ‘in the contest’, but a third goal, a superb volley in the second half, effectively ended any hopes of taking something from the game. The nearest that Town came to scoring was when the home glovesman kept out a well-struck Ben Ede free-kick that was arrowing its way into the top corner of the net!

Town boss Kev Blackwell said: “The first thing I need to make clear is that they [Waldon] were good value for the win and nothing can be taken away from the way they took their goals and the way they defended and managed the game throughout.”

He continued: “However, with a number of players missing, the squad was extended to its absolute fullest, and I can only thank the lads for stepping up and for Andrew Pike in being so selflessly supportive in what was another difficult week for the team managers at the club.”

Blackwell was pleased with his side’s collective effort, particularly after the break. He said: “We regrouped for the second half, and gave a solid performance, one that on a personal level the lads can be pleased with.

“Waldon had a definite game plan and at times we unfortunately fell for it, rather than concentrating on our own game and our football - but I have often felt we don’t get the rub of the green with regard to referees, so it was nice for this week’s referee to give us positive feedback on our conduct and the way we applied ourselves.

“Perhaps our reputation that I previously complained about is improving and referees may start to deal with us on merit rather than how they think we will be.”

On the Reserve team players that stepped up, Blackwell said: “They can all be pleased with their contributions. As and when they return to the second team I am sure results for John [Lewis] and his team will improve. Indeed, I will be totally mystified if those results don’t pick up for we have some talent in the second team.”

On Saturday, Town are again in South Devon action when they visit Stoke Gabriel (kick-off 2.15pm).

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