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Histon manager Chris Nunn concedes ‘standards were not met’ during five-goal defeat to Daventry Town at Bridge Road

Manager Chris Nunn has conceded that ‘standards were not met’ during Histon’s 5-0 defeat to Daventry Town on Saturday.

The Stutes headed into the contest having lost none of their five matches at Bridge Road in all competitions since Nunn took charge in mid-October.

However, that positive sequence was emphatically ended by a Daventry side that ran riot in the second half after a goal-less opening 45 minutes.

Histon manager Chris Nunn. Picture: Adam Fairbrother
Histon manager Chris Nunn. Picture: Adam Fairbrother

Nunn said: “I haven’t been well the last two or three weeks. I thought I was well enough to take the game but during the first half I realised I’d made a mistake. The boys were not at their best and neither was I.

“Take nothing away from Daventry, they were ruthless and fully deserved their victory. But the standards we have set were not met, starting from me down on to the pitch.”

Courtney Lashley put visiting Daventry in command with a quickfire brace at the start of the second half, which was swiftly followed by two more goals from Nabil Shariff by the 66th-minute mark.

And the visitors capped an afternoon to remember in stoppage time with a fifth goal scored by substitute Ashraf Masumbuko.

The five-goal loss has extended Histon’s winless run in the Uhlsport United Counties League Premier Division South to four matches – a sequence that dates back to the Boxing Day win over Godmanchester Rovers.

Nunn’s side, who are 16th in the table, will aim to get back to winning ways on Saturday (3 February) when they visit 14th-placed Lutterworth Town.

The Leicestershire-based hosts head into the encounter unbeaten from their last three home games, during which time they have collected seven points. A win for Histon would move them to within two points of Lutterworth.

Meanwhile, Histon Under-18s have extended their winning run in the Thurlow Nunn Youth League Cambridge Division to four matches.

After victories against Mildenhall Town, Saffron Walden Town and Bury Town, the young Stutes kept the sequence going with another triumph at Mildenhall’s expense last Thursday.

Ollie Foley (2), Luke Kenny, Kyle Morgan-Willett and Ben Hurrion all scored in a 5-0 win.

Histon head to Walsham-le-Willows on Thursday (1 February).

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