Histon continue battle to preserve Evo-Stik League status

PUBLISHED: 07:10 12 April 2017

James Carman scored Histon's third goal against Uxbridge. Picture: Mark Hopkin

James Carman scored Histon's third goal against Uxbridge. Picture: Mark Hopkin

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Stutes to host legends game

A second-half comeback saw Histon keep alive their hopes of beating the drop from Evo-Stik League Southern, Division One Central with a 3-2 win over Uxbridge.

The hosts were slightly off-colour in the first half as Ashley Thomas gave Uxbridge the lead. But Histon upped the tempo after the break, and after causing mayhem in the area, Lewis Clayton, Simon Unwin and James Carman stabbed home after goalmouth melees.

Clayton was dismissed for a second yellow card, and Uxbridge got a late consolation from the penalty spot.

With Northwood losing, Histon have moved to within four points of safety, with three games remaining.

“We keep hanging in there,” said Histon boss Lance Key. “In the second half, we came out with a different attitude, our tempo was increased, we harried, hassled and upset them.

“We just upped our tempo and had more purpose about us – as if the game meant something.”

Histon have a difficult challenge this Saturday as they travel to second-placed Farnborough, and that is followed by the home game with Bedford Town on Easter Monday.

“The last four games we’ve had have been quite high pressure for us,” said Key. “This weekend we could lose and Northwood still lose as well and it’s not that essential.

“We go to Farnborough as underdogs and that’s the beauty of it. But can we cause an upset?

“The onus will be on the opposition, not us, as they are second.

“I still believe we need two wins out of the last three anyway. Don’t get me wrong, I’d like to win on Saturday and if we don’t we have to rely on other results.”

He added: “If someone had offered me this [position] when I took over in October, I would have taken it.”

Histon are hosting a Legends Family Day at the Glass World Stadium on Sunday, April 30.

Key has called on players from his two spells at the club to contest a match in order to raise funds for the club, with the game kicking off at 1pm.

The two teams will be managed by Steve Fallon and Alan Doyle, and there will be a raft of familiar Histon faces.

Jim Stevenson, Nick Freeman, Neil Kennedy, Guiliano Maiorana, Neil Andrews, Peter Leete, Colin Vowden, Gary Haylock, Gary Dean, Ada Cambridge and Ian Cambridge are among those set to take part in the match.

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