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Lance Key wants Histon supporters to be 12th man in relegation play-off against Consett AFC

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

Lance Key is urging Histon fans to be the 12th man in their relegation play-off at home this Saturday (April 30).

Having finished 18th in the Northern Premier League, Midlands Division table, they have been pitted to face Consett AFC at Bridge Road, kick off 3pm.

The North East side finished second in the Northern League, Division One to set up a clash with the Stutes in order to try to earn a place at Step 4.

“We know very little about them,” said Histon boss Key, whose team lost 3-1 at Sporting Khalsa in their final league match of the campaign last Saturday.

“We’re trying to find some stuff about them this week. In some respects, because they may well have known there were probably only two or three teams to go and see perhaps, and we were in Wolverhampton, they may well have got us watched, I don’t know.

“We haven’t been able to go and see them because it was like a needle in a haystack, we had no idea who we would play.

“We did go to watch five or six different teams that were possibilities, and predictably it was none of those. Hopefully we can get some sort of information and do our homework before the game.”

Key wants to see Histon pick up where they left off in the second half against Sporting Khalsa, when Charlie Lewis was on target, when they face Consett.

“If we do what we’re good at, especially if we play the way we finished against Sporting Khalsa hen we would give ourselves a really good chance against any side at Step 5,” he said.

“But, when you look at it, they are only literally five places behind us given how the league finished. There is not a big gap between the two teams.

“It will be tough.”

It is why the Bridge Road faithful could be so important at the end of what has been a very difficult campaign in which Histon were switched to the Northern Premier League from the Isthmian League and had to rebuild their squad.

“In my programme notes for the game, I thanked the fans for their support home and away, through thick and thin this year because it’s been a challenging and tough year, but certainly in the Cambridge City game they kept us going,” Key added.”

“They kept encouraging us. OK, we lost the game 1-0 but we went to the death with it so they could be our 12th man this Saturday hopefully.

“For everybody that is thinking about coming, please come and cheer us on.”

Last Saturday, Histon found themselves 3-0 down by the 50th minute at Sporting Khalsa before they rallied and Lewis pulled a goal back in the 76th minute.

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