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Histon mentality lauded as chase for Thurlow Nunn League, Premier Division title hots up




Histon manager Lance Key.
Histon manager Lance Key.

Lance Key has praised the character of his Histon squad as a nine-game unbeaten run has taken them 10 points clear at the top of the Thurlow Nunn League, Premier Division table.

Lee Smith and Dan Brown scored second-half goals to fire them to a 2-0 win at Haverhill Rovers last Saturday and, with other games going their way, it means they have extended their advantage at the top. They also have two games in hand of
second-placed Woodbridge and one more than Godmanchester.

“It’s going very well and results over the last two weeks have gone in our favour,” said Histon manager Key. “We knew Godmanchester and Woodbridge would be threats and for Godmanchester to beat Woodbridge last week and then for them both to lose [on Saturday] has put us in a good position.

“We have said all along though that it’s not over until the fat lady sings. We need 21 points from 11 games and then we can’t get caught regardless but it won’t change the way we go about things, it will be one game at a time. It [the ratio of points to games] is a lot less than we’ve been doing all season.”

What stands out for Key is the Stutes’ response to their 3-1 FA Vase extra-time defeat to Norwich Victoria at the start of February, which came hot on the heels of only their second league defeat of the campaign, away to Woodbridge.

“It’s about the mentality we’ve had all season and the amount of late wins we’ve had in the last month has proved that,” he said.

“Since we lost in the Vase to Northwich, we’re unbeaten in nine.

“Given the scale of the game, when we were in the last 16, to lose that in extra time as we did and now go unbeaten in nine it’s a big plus for us and a testament to the character of the players and how they’ve gone about it.

“Seven wins and two draws in all competitions since that defeat is superb form. It’s been a magnificent response since losing that game and in essence we had lost two games on the spin and you wonder what is going to happen next.”

Histon are at home to Thetford Town this Saturday (March 16) and then travel to Clacton on Tuesday (March 19).



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