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Lance Key reflects on Histon’s relegation after defeat to Consett AFC

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Histon manager Lance Key. Picture: Mark Hopkin (53010105)
Histon manager Lance Key. Picture: Mark Hopkin (53010105)

Lance Key reflected on a long hard year after Histon were relegated following a 2-1 play-off defeat to Consett AFC at Bridge Road.

Having finished 18th in the Northern Premier League, Midlands Division, the Stutes faced the second-placed side in the Northern League, Division One with a spot in Step 4 up for grabs next season.

Goals from Scott Heslop and Daniel Marriott either side of half time ultimately proved the difference, with substitute Luke Lindsay pulling a goal back for Histon in the 73rd minute to set up a grandstand finish.

However, the Stutes were unable to find an equaliser as their fate was sealed.

“I thought the game itself, we controlled it, the most part of it,” said Histon manager Key.

“That’s the disappointing thing. We’ve given a very poor goal away in the 44th minute which pretty much epitomised our season, if I’m honest.

“We gave away a soft goal and we were completely, utterly on the ascendancy I thought. We had the game by the scruff of the neck.

“I thought Ryan Towner was bossing the midfield, I thought we were winning second balls, pressing well.

“Then we concede just before half time like that and it changes your whole teamtalk. We say ‘stay in the game’, and then in the second half we concede another poor goal.

“We had to throw caution to the wind a little bit. Luke scores his goal and to sum up our season, we’ve had two good chances in the last five minutes and we don’t take them.

“Apart from their two shots in the first half which Sam (Roach, Histon’s keeper) saves well and their two goals, that’s all they’ve had and we’ve lost the game 2-1.

“It’s disappointing but we’ve had a very hard season, it’s been a struggle all year round.

“Do we deserve it? Probably not in that vein or that manner because of the effort they put into the play you can’t fault that.

“They gave every ounce they've got. You lose Pat (Bexfield) early doors with concussion which doesn’t help.

“Overall, we haven’t had a great season and it’s been a long hard year.”

But Key praised their conquerors.

The North East team did well to defend their lead, throwing bodies in the way of shots and finding a way to run the clock down.

“Congratulations to Consett,” said Key. “Obviously, they came here and did a job on us. They travelled down on the day and got that kind of result, put that kind of effort in the way they put their bodies on the line, perhaps they deserve it, just.

“They were professional in what they did. I thought the officials actually did alright. I thought they officiated quite well, in tense circumstances.”

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Histon relegated after defeat to Consett AFC in Step 4 play-off

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