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Histon 1 - 1 Salisbury City
Dr Martens League - Eastern Division
Saturday 22nd March 2003
Hulyer
1
Sawyer
Rush
2
Bartlett
Coburn
3
Cook
Goddard
4
Perkins
Farrington
5
Emms
A Cambridge
6
Davies
Tovey
7
Turk
I Cambridge
8
Purches
Munns
9
Phillips
Kennedy
10
Brown (1)
Barker
11
Bowers
Subs
Jones for 3
12
Murray for 9 (1)
14
S Andrews
15
Mee
16
Barber (gk)
17
Referee
Paul Martin
Ass Referee
Ian Wilson
Gary Wilson
Bookings
Histon - Tovey (foul), A Cambridge (dissent)
Missing from today's line up was leading scorer James Rowe, along with James Saddington, Matty Haniver and Neil Andrews, but new signing Scott Andrews took his place on the bench for his first taste of Dr Martens League football, with the Reserves having no game, Lee Hulyer took over in goal to replace Paul Barber, also on the bench was young striker Benny Murray and defender Andy Mee.

The pitch had been watered overnight to take some of the hardness away from the pitch, however in two places standing water was going to make that part of the pitch tricky.

For 30 minutes both sides were guilty of misplaced passes and terrible first touches, but on 34 minutes the home side should have taken the lead, as Histon won a corner, up came Louie Farrington, but the ball brushed the top of his head, and out.

The next chances came when Histon played so of the best football of the game, neat one touch football from, Peter Munns, Neil Kennedy and Graham Rush allowed Jamie Barker to get a sniff on goal, but the ball wouldn't come down quick enough and the City defence recovered, and it was Barker who had the next chance, this time an overhead kick that went just wide of goal.

Next it was Ian Cambridge that tested City keeper, Kevin Sawyer, with a well taken shot along the ground, but was safely gathered by the keeper.

With so many missed chances by the home side there was always a danger of Salisbury taking the advantage, and right on the stroke of half time, Histon was made to pay.

A deep cross from the right to the far post was missed by the head of Graham Rush, and right behind him was the smallest player on the pitch, Tyrone Bowers, Bowers jumped above Rush to head the ball back cross goal, over Hulyer and in.

In first half injury time, Histon won a free kick, about 40 yards out, as players got ready in the area, Ian Cambridge spotted the keeper of his line, Cambridge lobbed the ball up, with Sawyer back tracking the ball didn't come down quick enough and went over to safety.

Histon took to the field a couple of minutes before Salisbury for the start of the second half, but on 48 minutes Neil Coburn had to be replaced, on came Gareth Jones, as Histon pushed forward looking the level the scores, gaps at the back opened up, but City failed to make the most of the chances, on 66 minutes Ian Cambridge, who was having one of his quietest games, was replaced by Benny Murray, on 73 minutes Murray repaid the faith of manager Steve Fallon, a ball in from the right by Rush, found Murray just outside the 6 yard box, Murray turned and smashed the ball into the roof of the net, giving the keeper no chance.

As the game drew to a close, Histon had chances to finish the game off, with Munns, Murray and Jones all having good efforts.

The point didn't help City as they look to claim that second promotion place, while Histon look for a top six finish.