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Histon manager Lance Key.
Histon manager Lance Key.

Lance Key optimistic about good times ahead

Lance Key believes the future looks promising for Histon.

In their first season back in the Thurlow Nunn League, Premier Division, after their foray up to the Conference, they ended up in sixth spot.

Absences of crucial players in April ended up proving costly as they lost touch with the pacesetters to miss out on third place.

“We lost key players in the last month at the wrong time,” said Stutes boss Key. “We put a lot of effort into the season.

“After having a great start, going unbeaten in August, then September and October probably cost us, if I’m honest.

“April did certainly hurt us but we’d got ourselves into a position where we could get third and we just fell short in the end.”

With 25 wins, eight draws and 13 defeats, Key is satisfied with the overall performance, having set a top six target at the start of the year after a number of disappointing years for the club.

It has given the Stutes cause for optimism going forward, especially if they can keep the majority of the current squad.

“As a group of players, it’s encouraging because if we can keep them together, like we did last year with 80 per cent of it, and add more strength to it, we know what the league is like now,” he said.

“We didn’t know that before the start of the season, so we can attack it in a different way because we know what to expect.

“The top four or five sides when they had changes to make they could affect the game because they had bigger squads. I think that is key to Coggleshall, Felixstowe and Stowmarket’s success because they had bigger squads and when they changed it they had like for like.”

Key is also aware that given the facilities at Histon, from their lofty position in the Conference from 2008 to 2011, they do remain a scalp for opponents, but he believes the future looks bright.

“We’re not the Histon we used to be, everyone knows that,” he said. “It’s a club that’s trying to regrow and rejuventate itself, which they’ve done over the last 18 months to two years.

“It is promising times for the club because we’re moving in the right direction for the first time in a long time and that’s a credit to everyone behind the scenes, the chairman and all the board, everyone else and the volunteers that have made the club move back in the right direction.

“Whether step 5 is our level, step 4 is our level, whatever it might be, we’re ambitious. I’m ambitious as a person and my management team and playing staff are.”

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