Histon develop all-round threat on winning run
PUBLISHED: 10:42 22 November 2017
Stutes make it four victories in a row
A strong spine supported by flair is helping propel Histon back up the Thurlow Nunn League, Premier Division table.
Goals from Matt Hayden, Evan Key and Tommy Wright helped the Stutes to a 3-1 win over Haverhill Rovers last Saturday and continued an impressive run of form.
“It’s four wins in a row and I said to them in the dressing room ‘get the music on’ because it’s a good vibe at the moment,” said manager Lance Key.
“We’ve had a settled side for the last four games which does help, we’ve been lucky with not having injuries and the goalkeeper [Luke Knight] has come in from Anglia Ruskin University and done very well.
“At times he looks unorthodox but has kept a good goal, and it’s no coincidence that when he’s come in we’ve done okay.”
But it is the shape that Histon have when they attack that catches the eye.
They are big and strong down the centre of the pitch, with the likes of Lee Smith and Evan Key, but their wing-backs offer them pace in abundance on the flanks.
“You’ve got Danny Gould, you’ve got Tommy Wright, you’ve got Rukky [Diejomaoh] – who has come into the squad – and you’ve got Sheldon [Weinman] who has played in that position, so we’re quite blessed in essence in that role,” said Key. “All four of them will work honestly as well; they will do the hard part of the game by tracking back but when we go forward in Tommy, Zuks and Rukky we have three very quick people and speed hurts people.
“At times we’re able to hurt people in behind with that pace.
“We do have both options and that’s the beauty of a big centre forward [Matt Hayden]; that option to feed it in to an old-fashioned No 9 is great and you need forwards off him and you have willing midfield runners and wide men that are willing to get in behind.
“Our midfield against Haverhill – Pat Bexfield, Evan Key and Lee Smith – was an experienced midfield three – they don’t come much better at this level.
“If they can’t dictate the game when we’re on top then they never will.
He added: “We’re going well at the moment and we’re looking forward to every game.
“We’ve got four games in the next nine days and Godmanchester twice, which will be hard because it’s two local derbies – one in the league and one in the cup – and we have a big enough squad of 19. We will use them all in that period.”