Honiton Town - ‘simply the best’ as five star Hippos are crowned Macron League champions
PUBLISHED: 17:20 29 April 2017 | UPDATED: 09:25 02 May 2017
Honiton Town were duly crowned champions of the Macron Devon and Exeter Football League when they beat Exmouth Amateurs 5-0 at Mountbatten Park.
Sixty-seven years after they were first formed, and nearly 20 years since they almost folded, Honiton Town are toasting their greatest success.
The Hippos, just four seasons ago, were playing in the Division Two and now they are not only champions, but also heading up into the unchartered waters of the South West Peninsula League.
It all means that next season the Hippos will contest East Devon derby matches with the likes of Sidmouth Town, Axminster Town and Budleigh Salterton – the latter surviving at that level after a final day 0-0 draw at Exwick Villa who are relegated to the Macron League.
In charge of the Hippos since those Division Two days has been Kev Blackwell who has steered them superbly to the next level in the football, pyramid.
Testament to their season-on-season success, is the fact that the Hippos have only lost at five opposition grounds playing away matches in the Devon and Exeter league over the past four years.
The win over Ammies was their 88th over the past four seasons during which time they have played 125 matches losing 18 and drawing the other 18.
In that time the Hippos have scored 416 goals and conceded just 146.
Now they can celebrate their title win in style and make plans for life at a higher level.
Make sure you see the next copy of the Midweek Herald – out next on Wednesday, May 3, for the best match report and post match comment from the Hippos camp.
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