Histon wind back the clock with win over Coggeshall Town
Stutes continue impressive run of form
James Carman and Will Lawton were on target for Histon as they felled high-flying Coggeshall Town in the Thurlow Nunn League, Premier Division.
And the performance and atmosphere at the Glass World Stadium led to manager Lance Key likening it to the days of old for the Stutes.
The victory over second-placed Coggeshall made it four wins in a row for Histon, and also marked an about-turn from the away game just before Christmas, when they lost 4-0 to the Essex side.
“It was a great result,” said Key. “We had only played them three or four weeks ago so knew what to expect.
“They are a physical side and a typical Essex side; they are probably a step three team already.
“To get the win was very pleasing, but it was the manner that we did it that was impressive.
“We looked like an away side at times, being very dangerous on the counter attack.”
Histon broke the deadlock after 15 minutes as Carman finished off a scramble in the area following Max York’s long throw.
They doubled their lead on the hour when Lawton headed home at the back post.
Evan Key had a chance to make it 3-0 after 70 minutes but fired wide, and then Coggeshall, who had seen a player sent off for receiving two yellow cards, pulled a goal back.
But Histon held on to take a deserved win after creating numerous chances.
“It was just a very professional performance against a very good side,” said Key.
“The scenes were a bit like the old days. Everyone in the ground could see they were playing for the club; it was a wonderful feeling.
“It was just the vibe we got from the crowd. There was a bit more excitement because Olly Murs [the pop star, who is involved with Coggeshall] was there and it just added to the whole occasion.
“It was one of those where I think people realised the boys are giving their all to get back up at the first attempt [after last season’s relegation].
“It reminded me of what it used to be like. To go and beat them at home like we did proved that we can mix it with the better sides in the league and have the squad to do that.”
Runaway leaders Felixstowe & Walton will be the next side to visit the Glass World – on January 20 – but first up is an away game at lowly Hadleigh United this Saturday.
And Key said: “The Hadleigh game will probably be hard, and getting the players up for it will. But the squad is together and there is a good vibe at the club.”
The win sees Histon move up to sixth, nine points off third-placed Stowmarket Town.