Swift appointment as familiar face returns to the helm...

HONITON Town have wasted little time following the departure of the management duo of Graham Bedford and Alan Long who saw the first team through to the end of the season just finished having joined in November 2017.

The South West Peninsukla League Division One (east) club has returned to Kev Blackwell and assistant Nick Ogden who led the Hippos out of the Devon & Exeter League back in 2016-17 after winning the Premier Division on goal difference from Newtown.

Having secured a promotion the pair stood down and were succeeded by Paul Ashford for their historic opening match in SWPL against Crediton United.

Blackwell previously took the reins at Mountbatten Park with Honiton languishing in the D&E Division Two having been relegated in 2011. But things soon turned around and the upward spiral began with promotion behind champions Dolphin in 2014. The Honiton faithful will be hoping he can continue where he left off and move the Hippos up the SWP D1 table.

Blackwell said: “Myself and Nick are really pleased to be going back to Honiton. We can’t wait to get going and hope the players and supporters feel the same. There’s a lot of hard work to come, but it’s a challenge that both I and Oggy are relishing.”

Ogden added: “Both Kev and I chatted about Honiton on our trips up to watch Manchester City and felt that after a season out we where refreshed and buzzing to get back into it.

“Honiton was the only place we’d return for as we know the players and believe we can get the best out of them in this division. They are all aware of the hard work we expect from then to get the results on the pitch while we feel off the pitch the feel good factor of being Hippos will return also.”

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