It’s five past five on a Monday afternoon and I’m casually sipping a cup of tea,mulling over what has been a hectic day before it suddenly hits me:my train for Honiton is due to depart in twenty-five minutes,the walking time to get there-you’ve guessed it-twenty-five minutes!So it’s grab what necessaries this old codger can remember before a mad dash that sees me make it-just!
Ironically,upon alightment there’s just time to pop in to see a Christadelphian friend of mine,Tom,who’s seemingly eager to make a first-time visit to Mountbatten Park in my company-well,nobody’s perfect!Anyway,he arrives ten minutes after me and moments before the game makes a marginally delayed start.
Spurs edge what is a reasonable opening twenty minutes and take the lead when Shaun Bowden fires home,doubling their advantage thanks to an accidental collision between keeper and defender that sees the former lose control of the ball enabling ace marksman Adam Dyson to fire into the bottom left corner.
Just before the break comes the moment I’d been expecting,the visitors failing to clear a close-range ball in from the right,it falling to Ben Ede to lash into the net from the edge of the area.This,the fourth time I’d seen The Hippos in action this season,ultimately maintaining my record of them having scored once in each game,all from Mr.Ede!
The second half was somewhat disappointing as Honiton were caught between a rock and a hard place,defensively aware of the Spurs threat but as a consequence offering little to suggest an equalizer was forthcoming.Moseley did score from the result of a deflected free-kick but it was ruled offside,a decision that appeared dubious although to be fair I was not directly in line.It made no difference to the outcome,though,and my friend enjoyed the experience,offering the odd vocal note of encouragement,I satisfied with the result.Never in a month of Sundays did I think I would utter the words”Come on you Spurs”-not literally of course,that would never do,but all I can say is:it’s down to you now St.Martins.
P.S.-Compliments to the groundsman there,the pitch looking from the peripheries to be in superb shape.