Lance Key tells Histon to keep on believing in their battle for survival

PUBLISHED: 07:10 18 March 2017

Tommy Wright scored Histon's goal against Barton Rovers. Picture: Mark Hopkin

Tommy Wright scored Histon's goal against Barton Rovers. Picture: Mark Hopkin

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Stutes boss looks to the positives

Lance Key has urged his Histon squad to keep the belief that they can win their battle for survival in Evo-Stik League Southern, Division One Central.

There was an air of disappointment last Saturday as despite having the upper hand in the game, they lost 2-1 to promotion-chasers Barton Rovers, with Tommy Wright getting Histon’s goal.

And the games are running out to beat the drop.

“We can take heart,” said Histon manager Key. “It’s disappointing that we lost the game 2-1 but I think that sums our season up if I’m honest.

“We do so well for periods of the game that we then go and throw it away with two lapses in concentration which cost us the two goals.

“We scored the only goal in open play as such with genuine good footballing play, but we kind of shot ourselves in the foot a little bit again.”

However, Key has told his players to take confidence from their winning run after Christmas, and he believes the club are putting down strong foundations for the future.

He said: “I think we’ve said it all season, we’ve done so well to get as far as we have and if we said that we were still within a chance of surviving with seven games to go we would have taken that when I first came on board.

“We still have a chance. Obviously it’s slim now and it’s getting slimmer as the weeks go by but it’s encouraging that we still have a young squad that are still developing, that are getting more games under their belt.

“If we can survive, great. If we go down, it’s not a disaster in the grand scheme of things because if we can keep the group together, we would like to be competitive next year.

“But we’re not looking at that just yet, we’re looking at trying to still develop for this year, still trying to gain survival because it’s what we came in to do.

“It was a long shot because we had one point when I arrived, so we’ve come a long way. But we have to stop making silly mistakes that cost us goals.”

But belief remains crucial for the manager.

“We could go and have our run that we had four weeks ago when we had four wins on the bounce,” said Key. “Who knows? It might happen again, you just don’t know.

“No-one thought we’d do it then so why not do it again now – that’s what we have to keep believing.

“We have to believe we can still do it, if we don’t believe then there is no point coming.

“And if we keep believing and you look at their endeavour, work-rate and their desire for most part you can see they still do believe – as long as we’ve got that, we’ve got a chance.”

Histon’s next stop in their remaining seven games is a trip to Marlow this Saturday, followed by the vital clash with Aylesbury at the Glass World Stadium on March 25.

The Stutes are currently second from bottom, eight points away from safety.

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