Honiton Town Football Club suffered a 2-1 defeat when they entertained Elmore in a South West Peninsula League Premier East meeting.
Playing before the biggest Mountbatten Park turnout for some time, the Hippos took a 65th minute lead only to be pegged by well-struck free-kick just minutes from time.
And they shipped another deep into added time to slip to a narrow defeat.
Town were able to welcome back team captain Elliot Dyer after a spell out with injury, but were without regular glovesman, the injured Luke Ashford, and so youngster Tom Pryke was between the posts.
Also missing because of injury was Lewis Couch.
This meant a home line-up of Pryke in goal, a back four of Doble, Dixon, Ede and Dyer; a midfield five of Leisk and Perryman on the flanks with Hawkins, Long and Rooke sharing engine-room duties and looking to get forward in support of the lone striker, Lowe.
There were three on the bench with Connor Flanagan and Liam Dingle joined by Angus Harris, making his first appearance in the Town first team matchday squad.
There was another ‘new face’ in the Town technical area with the former boss of the Town second team, John Lewis, taking on a combined role of managerial assistant and first-aider following the midweek departure from Mountbatten Park of Toby Moore.
Both sides made confident starts and the first ‘real’ opportunity to net came when Elmore were awarded a penalty, but debut making Pyke guessed right and, with a smart dive to his right, kept the spot kick out.
The deadlock was broken in the 65th minute with Tom Perryman the scorer of a goal that gave the Hippos a deserved lead.
Thereafter, Honiton managed the game well and looked to be on their way to a deserved three points when, with just a few minutes remaining, Elmore were awarded a free kick that was rifled into the top corner.
The game moved deep into added time when another free-kick was awarded to the Tiverton-based side.
This time the ball was delivered to the far post where an Elmore player jumped higher than anybody else to give his side all three points.
Next up for the Hippos is a Saturday (October 17) visit to Dartmouth.
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