Histon 8 - 1 St Leonards
Dr Martens League - Eastern Division
Saturday 5th April 2003
Hulyer
1
Nessling
Farrington
2
Henty
Coburn
3
Watson
Goddard
4
Whiteman
Rush
5
Scott
A Cambridge (2)
6
Minnis
Tovey (1)
7
Elford
Barker
8
Bowyer
Rowe (2)
9
Ramsden
Munns (3)
10
Thomas (1)
Haniver
11
Cyrus
Subs
Andrews for 2
12
Matthews for 2
Kennedy for 10
14
Jones for 3
15
16
17
Referee
Daren Cann
Ass Referee
Luis Cardoso
Mal McIntyre
Bookings
None

After last weekends poor showing against Tonbridge Angels, Histon got their chance to get back to winning ways against Hasting’s based side St Leonards. St Leonards sitting bottom of the league, they have already tendered their resignation from the league.

St Leonards travelled from Sussex, not in a coach but in cars, just like any Cambs league side, but only with 13 players, many from their Reserve and Youth set up’s. Histon on the other hand welcomed back Neil Coburn, Matty Haniver and Neil Andrews, the later taking his place on the bench, but missing still was keeper Paul Barber, out with a back injury; this gave Lee Hulyer another chance to shine.

As the teams came out the Saints captain was heard to say “come on boys, we’ve not come here to be stuffed”.

The game started brightly with Histon taking the lead on 4 minutes, a stinging shot from Adie Cambridge was only parried by Saints keeper Greg Nessling, the ball fell kindly to Peter Munns who scored from close range, 4 minutes later the lead was doubled, Nessling picked up a back pass, the official blew for a free kick, quickly taking the ball James Rowe slipped the ball to the in coming Munns who walked the ball in, before most of the players had worked out what was going on. On 17 minutes Adie Cambridge made it 3 – 0, some neat passing between Chris Tovey and Cambridge ended with Cambridge scoring from close range.

Nessling then saved well from Rowe as he broke loose from two defenders on 22 minutes, but on 28 minutes the fourth goal came, Nessling palmed out a Rowe effort, but following up was Tovey, to add his name to the score sheet. With half time approaching, there was still time for two more goals for the home side, on 41 minutes Adie Cambridge added his second, this time a header from a Matty Haniver cross to the far post, and on 45 minutes, Peter Munns added his third and Histon’s 6th, Munns unmarked in the area was allowed time to turn a shoot in from close range.

It should have been seven on 52 minutes, a pin point cross to the far post found the diving head of Louie Farrington, somehow Farrington managed to hit the near post, which sent the ball flying across the goal line and hit the far side post and out, with the keeper standing still, but 8 minutes later the 7th goal quickly came, Rowe picked up a loose ball and headed goal would, once inside the area some quick feet saw Rowe hammer the ball low into the bottom corner. On more than one occasion Saints keeper saved his side, on one occasion it produced the largest cheer of the afternoon when he dived full length from Jamie Barker. Histon manager Steve Fallon changed his side around, off came Peter Munns and Neil Coburn, on came Neil Kennedy and Gareth Jones.

Just after the hour Histon keeper Lee Hulyer had to be alert, first from Paul Henty and again just after from David Minns, while back at the other end Neil Kennedy went close with a lopping header, then Gareth Jones went close as Nessling saved for a corner.

On 76 minutes Kennedy set up Rowe, Rowe left the defender dazed with neat feet as he danced away to the line to walk the ball in for 8 – 0.

On 79 minutes Histon’s Farrington brought down Paul Henty, referee wasted no chance than to blow for a penalty, up stepped Dean Thomas to fire the ball home. That was Farrington’s last action of the game as he was replaced by Neil Andrews, with Farrington cutting his leg on the hard pitch.

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