Lance Key sees promising future for Histon despite FA Cup exit
Extra preliminary round defeat hurts Stutes
Lance Key feels that the Histon squad is not too far away from being complete – but was left to rue their FA Cup, extra preliminary round exit to ON Chenecks last Saturday.
The Stutes have been rebuilding since last season’s relegation, and they have a mixture of experienced players returning and scholars making the step up.
But any hopes of adding to the squad were hit by the 1-0 loss to Chenecks, as a run in the competition could have brought much needed extra finance.
“We were poor in the first half, we had no tempo about us. We didn’t keep the ball at all well and it took a half-time team-talk of sorts to get them going,” said Histon manager Key.
“I ask the question why does it take that because they can see that on the pitch. In the second half we’ve huffed and puffed and got in behind them on numerous occasions but our final ball in the last third has been poor at best.”
Histon had started the new Thurlow Nunn League, Premier Division season with a 0-0 draw at Wroxham last Tuesday, and further encouragement was the display of Joe Sutton against Chenecks, with the youngster looking dynamic on the ball.
“We’ve got youngsters stepping up and obviously it proves that the scholarship does work here,” said Key. “We’ve had two or three come into the squad.
“Joe Sutton has taken the limelight as he has played a few games and scored a couple of goals in pre-season, young Olly (Habergham) wasn’t here but we had Tahar (Ali) on the bench, so it bodes well.
“What I’m pleased about is that the squad is there, and we’d like to add one or two more to it if we can, but obviously going out of the FA Cup doesn’t help because of the finances it hurts.”
And Key is just hoping that Histon can find that consistency on a weekly basis.
“People talk about David Seaman years ago for Arsenal would be seven out of 10 every week – he would guarantee you a seven out of 10, and that’s what we want,” said Key.
“I don’t want a five one week and a nine the other, it’s no good to us.
“We were five in the first half (against Chenecks) and eight and a half in the second half, but we didn’t have the quality at the end.
“I really wanted a Cup run for the club because financially it’s great, so that’s disappointing, at home as well. All credit to Chenecks because they defended to a man in the second half.”
But Histon bounced back on Tuesday night, earning a 3-2 win over Ely City in the Premier Division.