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 Cambridge City 0  Histon 1
   Antonio Murray (15)
 
Starting Line-Up
1  Danny Naisbitt
2  Craig Pope
3  Danny Blanchett
4  Lee Chaffey
5  Glen Fuff (c)
6  Ben Bowditch
7  Greg Lincoln
8  Charlie Henry
9  Neil Midgley
10  Lee Roache
11  David Staff
Substitutes
12  Michael Gash - 11 (73)
13  Edgar Mercade
14  Craig Radcliffe
15  Stuart Sinclair - 8 (78)
16  Lewis Baillie - 6 (81)
Competition
Nationwide South
Saturday 30th Dec 2006
Bookings
None
Other Information
 Referee
Neil Hair (Peterborough)
Assistants
Shaun Barry (Cogenhoe)
Steve Swan (Wellingborough)
 Attendance
917
Starting Line-Up
1  Lance Key
2  Matt Haniver
3  Erkan Okay
4  Matt Mitchell-King
5  Matt Langston
6  Adie Cambridge
7  John Kennedy
8  Neil Andrews
9 Antonio Murray
10  Jamie Barker
11  Nat Knight-Percival
Substitutes
12  Roscoe Hipperson 4 (46)
14  Neil Kennedy - 8 (56)
15  Junior McDougald
16  Robbie Nightingale
17  Drew Roberts - 7 (90)


A keenly contested local derby between two evenly matched sides at Milton Road resulted in Steve Fallon’s Histon side taking all three points courtesy of a solitary Antonio Murray strike early in the first half.

The Lilywhites made just the one change to the starting line-up with Lee Roache, so impressive as a late substitute against Thurrock, replacing Michael Gash who dropped to the bench. Both sides went into the game on the back of disappointing weekend defeats.

Lee Chaffey comes away from Antonio Murray

After a quiet opening to the game, City were the first to threaten after 15 minutes. Danny Naisbitt’s clearance upfield was headed back by Matthew Mitchell-King under pressure from Neil Midgley straight to Roache who whistled a first time effort just wide of Lance Key’s right hand post.

A minute later, Histon drew first blood. The Stutes won a corner out on the left and Adie Cambridge’s flag kick arrived at the feet of Murray who, at a stretch poked the ball into the roof of the net. City countered straight from the re-start when Midgley squared the ball for Ben Bowditch who saw his effort deflected wide of the post with Key rooted.

Attention switched to the other end and on 23 minutes Danny Blanchett’s pass across the backline to Lee Chaffey was woefully short and was intercepted by Jamie Barker who accelerated into the penalty area. Blanchett atoned for his error by quickly getting back to dispossess the Histon striker who tumbled inside the area. Vehement penalty appeals were dismissed by the referee, and he was to repeat his denial two minutes later as City pressed. Charlie Henry’s cross from the right appeared to strike Nathaniel Knight-Percival on the hand but Mr Hair ruled it was ball-to-hand and refused the penalty much to the consternation of Henry.

City continued to hold the upper hand in their search for an equaliser before the break and went close again three minutes later. Blanchett ran at the Histon defence, fed Roache who found David Staff out on the left flank. The loanee midfielder’s deep cross was scrambled out from under the crossbar by Key and away to safety.

MIchael Gash gets above Matt Langston

Histon went in search of a second goal and Barker crossed from the left for Murray to volley over the bar. Then two minutes from the break, Adie Cambridge swung in another of his dangerous trademark freekicks from the left wing. The ball arrived at the feet of Matt Langston who had steamed into the box between defenders but he was unable to scoop the ball into the net against his former club. Glen Fuff completed the defending by scrambling the ball away to safety.

City then had perhaps their best chance of an entertaining first forty-five minutes, seconds before the whistle. Roache took on and beat Erkan Okay, his cross from the byeline picking out Staff who took one touch to bring the ball under control before forcing Key into a tumbling save on his line.

The second half rarely matched the first for incident as both defences dominated although the high tempo remained. Histon carved out a decent chance on the hour with some good approach play. Barker lofted the ball into the City penalty area where Langston saw his downward header flash across the face of goal and only inches out of reach of the lunging Murray.

John Kennedy’s surging run at backpeddling defenders in the 69th minute caused problems for the City rearguard and when he picked out namesake Neil Kennedy, the veteran striker tried his luck from distance with a curling effort which Naisbitt made sure went round the post.

City lacked cutting edge at the other end and the most they had to show for their efforts were two shots from Bowditch which lacked bite and were comfortably saved by Key. Bowditch’s evening then ended painfully as he was helped off the pitch after a collision with John Kennedy, nursing a deep gash to the ankle which looks likely to sideline the City midfielder for up to two weeks. In the end, another defeat for the Lilywhites but a much improved performance.

Post match reaction

Gary Roberts
We could have come away with something from the game. I don’t think anyone would dispute that as an honest assessment of the game. I thought our players were alot more focused compared with the Thurrock game... more