Keep on believing, says Histon assistant manager Matt Clements

PUBLISHED: 19:37 20 September 2016 | UPDATED: 20:11 20 September 2016

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Slice of luck needed by Histon

Matt Clements has urged Histon’s youngsters to continue believing in themselves as they seek the slice of luck that could help turn their season around.

Their only two wins of the campaign so far have come in the FA Cup, against Norwich United and Lowestoft, but they were knocked out of the competition in a 4-0 defeat to Wealdstone at the weekend.

They will now turn their attentions back to the league, where they are currently bottom of the Evo-Stik League Southern, Division One Central, without a win.

“We’re just very inconsistent right now because we have only two or three players that have played at this level,” said Histon assistant manager Clements.

“The average age is 21, and there are six or seven scholars. If you take Chris Hyem, who is nearly 30, out of the side, we get down to Pat Bexfield, Ben Yeomans and Max York as our most experienced players.

“It’s a tough one and I have tried to be hard on them at times as the reality is we’re in this league and we have to win and get points.

“We’re trying to make sure that we’re competitive but it is tough because we have one of the smallest squads in the league and also one of the youngest squads.

“It’s not because we can’t attract players, it’s just financially we’re trying to do things properly, we want to promote youth and give youngsters a chance.

“We’re trying to make sure we work with the players we have got and it’s not going to take four or five weeks, it might take two or three months.

“They are a good honest bunch.”

And Clements has seen enough in recent performances to suggest that they could be about to turn the corner.

However, he feels that they just have to believe in what they are doing, and if they continue to do so then the slice of fortune that will help change their season will also arrive.

“The last two or three weeks we have seen them grow and get more experience,” said Clements. “It’s about belief, they’ve gone into games and put in bits of performances.

“We just need to be more consistent and where some clubs can go and get four or five lads in to shore it up, we can’t do that.

“They have to keep believing in themselves. They will get a win and when that happens it will release the shackles.

“They need a bit of luck and when you are down there against the ropes, those little things seem to go against you a bit more. We can be competitive, we just need that bit of luck.”

Histon are at home to Kidlington this Saturday.

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