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Lance Key wants Wembley return in history-making FA Vase run with Histon

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Rob Ruddy in action for Histon against Lye Town. Picture: Mark Hopkin. (6337180)
Rob Ruddy in action for Histon against Lye Town. Picture: Mark Hopkin. (6337180)

Lance Key has set his sights on a return to Wembley after guiding Histon into the last 16 of the FA Vase for the first time in the club’s history.

Histon were handed a home fifth round tie against one of his former clubs, Northwich Victoria, following their 2-1 victory over Lye Town at Bridge Road on Saturday.

Evan Key had equalised Lye Town’s opener and then Max York scored from the rebound after his penalty had initially been saved to earn the Stutes a hard-fought victory.

Histon, currently second in the Eastern Counties Premier, could benefit from a £20,000 cash windfall if they reach the final and for Key, in particular, it will provide him with a second visit to Wembley.

Delighted Key said: “I was involved in the squad for the Championship play-offs in the 1996-7 season with Sheffield United.

“I didn’t make the bench but I walked onto the hallowed turf and helped with the goalkeeper’s warm-up before the game.

“While I’ve been close to playing there, it would be nice to go to the new Wembley.

“Northwich is a winnable game for us. If you look at their league standing, they have lost seven games, but they have a good cup history in the past.

“They’ve been a good cup side in the past. But they have got a long journey down to us.

“Getting a home tie was paramount. We are very stubborn at home. We’ve only lost one once at home and that was the FA Cup game against King’s Lynn, so we fancy our chances against anybody at the moment and I look forward to Northwich coming to town.

“It is a plum tie for us and it is also against one of the many clubs I played for many years ago.

“I had two-and-half years with them in the Conference many moons go now.

“It is ironic that two of the clubs
I played for are now meeting in the last 16. It should make for an intriguing tie.

“The further you go in the cup the more money you get so it is important we stay in it as long as possible because the financial side of it is important to the club.

“If you go all the way to final you get £20,000 – it is huge money.”

Northwich, managed by Steve Wilkes, have lost seven games so far this season but overcame the challenge of Newcastle Benfield to reach the last 16.

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