It was a night that promised so much but didn’t bring much to The Hippos. With Bovey’s pitch temporarily unplayable, the evening game was moved to the Devon FA headquarters pitch in Newton Abbot.
Town looked stunning in his new white 3rd kit, but started his match without any of his usual attackers. However, it was good to see Tom Beddow back on the team again after his visit to a Torbay hospital last Saturday, and he was wearing the latest headgear fad, a red and black skullcap provided by Honiton Sports.
Liam Raybold’s starting lineup got off to a perfect start with Blake Freemantle opening the scoring on Astro turf after five minutes – but it then fell apart for the East Devon side.
Bovey equalized in one minute, then added a second with a thunderous strike past Ashford into Honiton’s goal. 15 minutes later it was another nice strike that passed Ashford to allow Bovey to take the lead.
Town approached in the 28th minute when Giles Basson cut to the left, beating the keeper, only to see his shot bounce off the post. Clinical Bovey then immediately moved up the other end, lobbing the outside goalie to make it 3-1.
The fourth was added a few minutes later. Town pulled one out when Giles cut again from the left and beat the home keeper. Bovey’s 5th was added just before half-time.
Bovey added a 6th spot on the hour and had a chance to score 7 when the referee ruled the Hippo’s defense had committed an infraction. Bovey’s forward stepped in to kick the ball home from the point. However, Ashford in Town’s goal came down well to his left and Joe Dixon cleared the Hippos Lines.
The Hippos therefore know they will have to raise their level of play against the Tigers on Tuesday night, when Axminster comes to Mountbatten Park for a 6:30 p.m. kick-off.