Honiton’s Spence hits hat-trick as Town U12s slam nine past Tedburn


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Two wins in two days! It wasn’t a bad weekend for Honiton Town Youth U12s.

Part one of the double header was a 9-4 win over visiting Tedburn Rangers.

In a topsy turvy game, the home side found themselves a goal down within ten minutes but they recovered to lead 3-1 at the break despite an underwhelming first-half display.

The second period saw the visitors pull another goal back and this served to shake up the hosts and an increased tempo and improved work ethic saw them gradually start to take control.

Honiton created many opportunities, six of which resulted in further goals.

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Goalscorers included Ben Spence, who led the way with a hat-trick, plus Caleb Freemantle (2), Dan Loosemore, Will Whitworth, Laura-Beth Outram and a career-first for Sammy Paveley.

Third-placed Cheriton Fitzpaine proved a tougher nut to crack away from home on Sunday, but Honiton beat them 2-0.

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With several team members unavailable, Honiton called on five players from the U11s and all shone in a brilliant, all-round team display.

The bumpy pitch made flowing football difficult and a closely contested first half ended with honours even.

After the break Honiton found their feet and after pressing forward at every opportunity, they took a deserved lead when Whitworth fired home following superb work from Dominic McCreadie-Taylor.

Honiton then doubled their lead when Outram hit a speculative effort from her own half and the players watched with delight as the bounce saw it sail over the unlucky keeper and into the net.

With confidence high, Honiton closed the game out with Harry Horn in goal showing safe hands whenever threatened.

All players were worthy of credit but Jack Hawker gets a special mention for a dominant display at full-back.

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