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Histon v Newport (IOW)
Saturday 15th February 2003
Dr Martens League - Eastern Divsion

Histon
#
Newport (IOW)
Barber
1
McCormack
Farrington
2
Wilson
Munns
3
Lang
Tovey
4
Riley (c)
Goddard
5
Tagg
A Cambridge
6
Issacson
Haniver
7
Keeping
Jones
8
Cole
Rowe
9
O'Rourke
I Cambridge (1)
10
Hatcher
Barker (c)
11
Pilcher (1)
Subs
Subs
Subs
Kennedy for 3
12
Whittingham
Rush
14
Barsdell for 10
Saddington for 8
15
Holmes
Andrews
16
Perry
Smith
17
Tate
Referee
Gary Capps
Ass Referee
Nigel Field
Ass Referee
Steve McGlasson

There seemed no problem when a local referee looked at the pitch on Friday afternoon, yet come 2:30 on Saturday afternoon match referee looked like calling the game off, after complaints from Newport.

Yet after more sand was added to the already sanded pitch, the referee agreeded to start the game, only because the distance the away side had travelled.

Histon Manager Steve Fallon kept to the same starting 11 that had played so well in 5 - 1 win in midweek.

The first real action came on the 9th minute, striker James Rowe was up ended in the area, yet the appeals fell on deaf ears, as the referee waved play on, 5 minutes later the Islander's broke from their own half, two v two with Danny Hatcher's shot come cross failed to test Paul Barber.

It was then Histon's turn to attack, Peter Munns broke the offside trap, but he failed to get enough lift on the ball, to get it past the advancing Joe McCormack.

The game then switched to the other end, Paul Barber was almost caught out as the ball somehow passed everyone in the 6 yard box, coming around th eback post was Hatcher once more, as the ball headed over the line Louie Farrington cleared the ball away, but that was just a warning.

Three minutes later the Islander's took the lead, Histon failed to clear the ball, picking up the loose ball was Simon Pilcher as he headed towards goal, with time he calmly slotted the ball past Barber.

On 30 minutes Matty Haniver put a cross into the box, the defender missed the ball, standing behind him was Jamie Barker, the fact that the ball had reached Barker seemed to surprise him, as he couldn't get in the shot, Rowe picked up the loose ball, but the defence cleared.

With half time looming, Jamie O'Rourke was next to go close for Newport, this time Barber tipped the ball over for a corner.

Histon failed to get going in the first 45 minutes, and manager Steve Fallon will be looking for improvements during the second 45.

Fallon changed the line up for the second half, replacing Gareth Jones was James Saddington to tighten things up in the back line, the first two goal kicks from Newport proved why Saddington had been missed, as a loud shout of "SADDY'S" boomed out.

Within 5 minutes of the restart the score's were level, Adie Cambridge and James Rowe linked to free Ian Cambridge in the the box, his first touch took him past the defender, while the second put the ball beyond McCormack and in.

On 63 minutes came yet another talking point involving James Rowe, having gone past defender Peter Tagg, Tagg pulled down Rowe, but as Rowe was on the floor, Tagg seemed to stamp his foot on Rowe, the linesman and referee talked to each other, the referee then called over Tagg, but only for a talking to.

On 66 minutes Histon again were given a warning, O'Rourke did everything right, he beat Saddington and Tovey, he even beat Barber, but the ball slowed up and went the wrong side of the post before anyone from Newport could get there.

At the end of the 90 minutes, the Islander's could have been unlucky not to take 3 points back across the water, while Histon could be happy with the point.