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Lance Key aims to cut out Histon ill-discipline

Ben Yeomans, right, was sent off for Histon against Aylesbury United.
Ben Yeomans, right, was sent off for Histon against Aylesbury United.

Cards prove costly for Stutes

Lance Key has given Histon the challenge of cutting out the indiscipline as they prepare for a big double header that could go a long way to shaping their season.

Their difficult run continues as they were beaten 2-1 at Aylesbury United in Evo-Stik League Southern, Division One Central, and to compound matters, they had two players sent off.

“It was a tough result to take in so much that they were one of the teams in the bottom five,” said Histon manager Key.

“The first half especially was one of the most lacklustre performances, on a difficult pitch.

“They had lost six on the bounce, like we had, and they had brought in four new players before the game and it was the kick up the backside their team needed.”

Histon had gone a goal behind in the first half from the spot, but a better second half saw them level through Matty Allan. But a second penalty and red card for Max York, which Key felt was harsh, saw Aylesbury convert a second penalty.

To make things worse, Ben Yeomans was sent off for two bookings, and Key wants to see his team improve their discipline.

“We’re giving some silly fouls away and stupid yellow cards. It’s something we have to address,” he said. “It’s showing in the last couple of games where we’ve lost a bit of discipline.

“With the frustration of being down there and not getting the rub of the green, we’re lacking that game management that comes with a young side, and then the ill discipline is costly as you lose players for later games.”

Histon have Ashford at home on Saturday before facing a trip to second bottom Petersfield, who are just two points ahead of them in the table.

“We’ve got Petersfield twice in the next month, and those games are massively important for us,” said Key.

“It will be two important games as both teams are slightly adrift of third from bottom.”

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