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Lance Key praises the character of Histon in comeback for draw with Shepshed Dynamo

Histon manager Lance Key. Picture: Keith Heppell
Histon manager Lance Key. Picture: Keith Heppell

Lance Key remains confident Histon will fight until the end to avoid relegation from the Pitching In Northern Premier League, Midlands Division after a 2-2 draw with Shepshed Dynamo last Saturday.

The Stutes remain third bottom and in the relegation play-off spot despite earning a point on the weekend.

However, Histon mounted a cracking comeback against 14th-placed Shepshed, with late goals from Max York and Finley Wilkinson tying things up at the end.

“To get a point from a game where you haven’t played well shows great character in the side,” explained Key.

“If I’m honest, they were probably the better side on the day. We struggled to get any real tempo and foothold in the game.

“Although we started well, once Shepshed got their passing going, along with their wingers getting off the lines strong, we struggled with it. It’s one of those difficult things where you haven’t trained properly for two weeks because games have been called off and not played, and we looked lethargic.

“To go 2-0 down in the manner that we did was too easy. Yet the character in the side showed, and we’ve had games this year like against Belper that we should’ve won, so it’s about time we got the rub of the green.”

The Stutes went into Saturday in good form, picking up a win against Carlton Town at the start of the month, followed by a tight loss to Stamford and hard-fought draw with league leaders Ilkeston.

“We didn’t play to the level we had against those three,” Key explained, “but we didn’t get beat.

“The likelihood is we’re fighting for third bottom now and we’ll see where the play-off takes us.”

Histon captain Ed Rolph did not find himself on the scoresheet despite a number of promising chances.

“It’s been one of those games where we haven’t really created like we have done in the last few games,” said Key.

“Ed’s been better the last four or five games, particularly in his hold-up play, and he led the line really well. You’re going to get chances and you’re not going to take them all, so I was happy with his overall performance.

“Going forward we can take great heart from getting a point from a game that we haven’t played great in, and that’s what we made clear in the dressing room.”

He concluded: “If you can still not lose when not playing well, that’s a good sign, so if we can keep doing that then every game is a cup final and we’ve got half a chance at staying up.”

Histon are away to Corby Town this Saturday (March 5).

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