Lance Key calls on Histon to maintain good form against top sides

PUBLISHED: 07:00 05 January 2018

Ed Rolph in action for Histon.

Ed Rolph in action for Histon.

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Stutes enjoy successful festive spell

Lance Key has challenged Histon to go forward and take the fight to the leading teams in the Thurlow Nunn League, Premier Division.

The Stutes enjoyed the perfect Christmas period, taking nine points from a possible nine, scoring 10 goals without conceding one.

But the manager is hoping that they can now replicate that form against the top sides in the table, starting at home to second-placed Coggeshall this Saturday.

“We had three games that were all quite winnable and the target was seven points out of nine,” said Key. “Three wins, three clean sheets and 10 goals scored, I’m a happy-chappy.

“To get all nine, I’m delighted with and you can’t ask for more than that – it’s been a very good Christmas.”

The 2-0 win at FC Clacton on December 23 was followed by a 6-0 success at Ely City on Boxing Day, and then on December 30, they won 2-0 at Fakenham, with Ed Rolph getting his fourth goal in three games. The second was an own goal.

“In some respects, the Fakenham win was a more pleasing result because we had to grind it out,” said Key. “It was a proper away-day professional performance; we did what we had to do to win. Ed Rolph got the goal and at the moment he is a handful.”

The clash with Coggeshall this Saturday is followed by a trip to Hadleigh United on January 13, and then the visit of leaders Felixstowe & Walton on January 20.

“The one thing we haven’t done well enough is against the top sides,” said Key. “We have to rectify that if we want to be in the top four.

“We have to be better against the so-called better teams in the league.

“We have first and second coming to the Glass World Stadium and if we can get results against them then it shows we’re moving in the right direction.

“If we were to get results then we could get into the top five.”

But Key is not underestimating the challenge posed by Coggeshall, who beat Histon 4-0 at home on December 16.

“It will be a big test at home to Coggleshall,” he said. “I think they will win the league because if they have an injury they can go and strengthen by getting someone in.”

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