Frustration continues for Histon in defeat to Barton Rovers
No points from encouraging display by Stutes
Thirty two points now separate Histon and Barton Rovers in the Evo-Stik League Southern, Division One Central table, but you would not have guessed it if you had seen the match between the two sides.
While Rovers boosted their play-off hopes with a 2-1 victory at the Glass World Stadium and deepen the threat of relegation for the Stutes in the process, it could justifiably be argued that Histon certainly did not deserve to be beaten.
And a good case could be made that they in fact deserved not just a point for their efforts, but all three.
However, when it came down to the crucial moments, clinical finishing and hesitation in defence proved to be the main difference between the sides – although it is difficult to see how that can explain the 32 points between the teams.
It has been a tale of Histon’s season really, those key moments proving costly when they are more than a match for their opposition.
And results like this are probably a source of huge frustration for both players and coaching staff – it is sometimes easier to be comprehensively beaten by a better side rather than have the edge but just be able to get over the line.
Chances were at a premium throughout the game, particularly in the first half when only Connor Calcutt’s curling effort for Barton and Tommy Wright’s shot wide, after a good through ball from Pat Bexfield, for Histon were the attempts on target.
But from nothing Barton had the lead at the break.
A ball into the box was cleared, but a fine cross saw Histon fall asleep at the back post and an intelligent run saw Elliot Bailey show predatory instinct to head home.
It was a bitter pill for Histon to swallow after a good half, but they did not seem to let it affect them at the start of the second half.
Some neat control by Danny Gould and a driving run toward the Barton box led to him flicking a pass through to Tommy Wright, whose low shot was saved at his front post by Barton keeper Kyle Forster.
However, in the 65th minute a long ball caused confusion at the edge of the Histon area as they failed to clear and Calcutt seized on possession to calmly finish past Ayden Duffy to make it 2-0.
That was Barton’s last clear sight of goal as Histon continued to have the greater possession.
But, just as in the first half, they could find no way past Barton man mountains at centre-back, Steve Gentle and Ben Martin, who comfortably dealt with any balls into the box.
Histon did get a goal back two minutes from time as Wright unleashed a rasping drive from 25 yards that gave Forster no chance.
And despite piling forward in stoppage time, Histon were unable to find the equaliser for the point which their performance merited, at the least.
Histon: Duffy, Gould, Watson, Bexfield, York, Smith, Hylton, Chambers-Shaw, Wright, Hall, Sibanda.
Subs: Carden (Hall, 64), Clayton (Smith, 68), Allan (Hylton, 77).
Barton Rovers: Forster, Hall, Warner-Eley, Knight, Gentle, Martin, Smith, Sinclair, Bailey, Calcutt, Malcolm.
Subs: Smith (Malcolm, 77), Hartley (Bailey, 83), Osobu (Sinclair, 86).
Bookings: Histon – Watson (foul, 70); Barton Hall (foul, 41).
Referee: Michael Robertson-Tant.