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Histon bounce back from Desborough Town defeat by romping to derby win over Godmanchester Rovers

Histon bounced back in positive fashion during a 48-hour spell over Easter.

The Stutes headed into Saturday’s home clash against bottom-of-the-table Desborough Town having racked up six straight victories in the Uhlsport United Counties League Premier Division South.

However, the visitors upset the form book by running out 3-1 winners at Bridge Road.

Histon striker Matt Hayden was on target against Godmanchester Rovers. Picture: Ben Phillips
Histon striker Matt Hayden was on target against Godmanchester Rovers. Picture: Ben Phillips

Desborough took the lead in the 30th minute through Abel Alabi, who was fouled soon after by Jake Kerins – an offence that saw the Histon defender sent off.

And the away side went on to make their numerical advantage count during the second half, with Alabi doubling his tally for the afternoon before team-mate Dominic Allen-Ledgeway found the back of the net in the 78th minute.

Histon centre-back Max York pulled a goal back in the last minute of normal time, but the damage had long been done.

However, stinging from having suffered their first defeat in the league since January, Chris Nunn’s men responded by winning Monday’s derby at Godmanchester Rovers by a 5-1 margin.

Matt Hayden’s early goal was cancelled out by Ricki Goodale’s equaliser for Godmanchester, but after that it was largely one-way traffic.

Kerins’ header made it 2-1 to send Histon into the break in the ascendancy, with further goals coming after the restart courtesy of Babacar Camara, York and substitute Connor Barnes.

On Saturday (6 April) Histon, who have moved up to 10th place in the table, will play their penultimate away fixture of the 2023/24 season when they travel to Leicester Nirvana.

Histon edged the reverse clash between the sides 1-0 last October thanks to a goal from William Summerfield.

Hosting Nirvana slipped to the bottom of the standings over the course of the weekend, thanks in part to Desborough’s 3-1 victory over Histon.

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