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Histon manager Lance Key has points target in sights
Histon manager Lance Key has points target in sights

Stutes hope to get kick in safety bid

Lance Key has set Histon a minimum target of four wins from their remaining eight games if they are to have any chance of beating the drop in Evo-Stik League Southern, Division One Central.

The Stutes cut their deficit from safety to five points last Saturday as they drew 0-0 with Hanwell Town, who are chasing the play-offs.

And Histon have a game in hand over third from bottom Aylesbury, who are just outside the relegation places.

“We’re not a million miles away from where we want to be, but we need wins,” said Histon manager Key.

“We have eight games left and I think with four wins we would stand a chance [of staying up].

“One of those wins has to be against Aylesbury, who we face at home later this month.

“Royston did us a favour by beating them [Aylesbury] 6-0 on Saturday – one for beating them and two for putting six past them.

“We’re still positive and every training session we have is upbeat and positive.

“We have three home games coming up and they are the three that we have to look to try to get wins out of.

“We have a tough run-in and we know it won’t be easy so if we can get as many points as possible before then, it will be a bonus.”

Lee Smith and Evan Key made their debuts for Histon on Saturday, joining recently-acquired goalkeeper Ayden Duffy – who stepped in for the injured Sam Roach – to add more experience to the squad.

“We look more structured as a side with experienced players coming in,” said Key.

“We need to spend money to try to survive and the board have backed us to do that by bringing Lee, Ayden and Evan in, and there could be more this week.

“We have to give it a go and we have to try to bolster it as much as we can.

“The squad understand why it’s being done as it’s for the best of the football club. They all seem to be behind me about it as I was upfront and honest with them.”

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