Lance Key eyes up points tally for Histon top three hopes

PUBLISHED: 07:00 01 March 2018

Histon midfielder Joe Sutton in action against Wroxham. Picture: Mark Hopkin

Histon midfielder Joe Sutton in action against Wroxham. Picture: Mark Hopkin

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Stutes keep promotion aspirations on track

Lance Key has set Histon the magical 90-point mark in their bid to reach the Thurlow Nunn League, Premier Division top three.

After their 10-match unbeaten run was brought to an end at Long Melford, the Stutes had the perfect response, beating Wroxham 1-0 at home last Saturday.

The only goal of the game came in the 72nd minute. Tommy Wright’s driven cross was parried to the feet of Ed Rolph, who made no mistake from close range for his 16th goal of the season.

“It was a hard-earned win,” said Histon manager Key. “Wroxham are a good side and have just changed their management team in the last month.

“To eventually break them down in the second half was a hard grind; we put them on the back foot and got the better of them.

“It was a superb result. We kept a clean sheet, looked promising in the second half and dug deep.”

Histon are fourth in the table with 68 points, two behind third-placed Stowmarket Town having played a game more. Godmanchester, in sixth place, are picking up a head of steam and have three matches in hand of the Stutes.

“The run-in will be tough for everyone, it will go to the wire,” said Key. “It looks like it’s three teams vying for that third place.

“I said with 14 games that 10 wins would give us a good chance. If we can get to 90 then we have a good chance; 91 points would be a very strong number to finish in the top three.

“We have three teams going for it, Stowmarket are a big, strong team, Godmanchester are very quick and have a number of former Histon players in their ranks.

“We have some tough games, Thetford at home and away, Saffron Walden at home on Bank Holiday Monday in April and Stowmarket and Godmanchester.”

He added: “The one thing we have is a very good team spirit at the moment, but then so will Stowmarket and Godmanchester. The games between us will be fundamental.”

Meanwhile, Cambridge City lost 1-0 at Thame United in Evo-Stik League, South East Division on Saturday. Their scheduled home match with Marlow Town on Monday was postponed late on because of a frozen pitch.

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