New Honiton Town FC boss reflects on ‘frustrating start’ to Hippos tenure

Honiton Town Football Club manager Liam Raybauld has endured something of a frustrating time since joining the Mountbatten Park men.

The former Cullompton Rangers ‘gaffer’ took charge of the Hippos for the first time back on October 21 when he watched his new charges lose 6-3 at Bovey Tracey.

In the seven-and-a-half weeks that have followed since that first outing, Raybauld has seen his team play twice.

Town have actually played three games since the outing at Bovey, but the Hippos boss missed the 17-2 mauling of Stoke Gabriel.

He did, however, oversee the narrow 1-0 loss at Torpoint Athletic on October 24 and also the recent December 5 4-3 win at Torridgeside.

Raybauld says: “It has certainly been a frustrating start to my Honiton managerial career – stop-start and stop again has very much been how things have been.

“However, what has been pleasing is that all the players have brought into what I am trying to do and they showed massive character in the win at Torridgeside.

“Given that they [Torridgeside] are considered to be one of the title contenders, for us to win up there was a massive result for us and shows that, on our day we are more than capable of mixing it with the best of teams at this level.”

He continued: “It was such a shame that we could not play against Cully Rangers on Saturday.

“It was a game that I was looking forward to for so many reasons, none more so than the fact that I was keen to lock horns with another title contending team and of course, a club where I have many friends.

“Hopefully the Christmas period will both be busy and successful for us.

“I’d like to think we can bank some good points in the coming weeks and push on up the table.”

This coming Saturday (December 19) Town entertain Bovey Tracey and they will be looking to get revenge for that 6-3 defeat they suffered in Raybauld’s first game as Honiton boss.

The Boxing Day game for Town is an East Devon derby away at Sidmouth Town after which there’s another local derby with a December 28 Mountbatten Park meeting with Axminster Town.

That game brings the curtain down on the 2020 fixtures and the Hippos will launch their 2021 programme with a January 2 visit to Ilfracombe Town.

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