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Saturday, February 18, 2006

Histon 1 Weston-Super-Mare 1 (h/t)

Nationwide Conference South
The Glass World Stadium, Histon, Cambridgeshire

When you plan an afternoon out with military precision you can virtually guarantee that things will get cocked-up. Collecting Mrs Extreme Groundhopping up from work at 6:15 being a known constant and working backwards from there I decided that this weekends groundhop would take me to the southern tip of the Fen’s and Histon FC’s Glass World Stadium. I could watch the game and drive to my rendezvous with Mrs. E. afterwards arriving at exactly the right time. Sadly the coach carrying the players, directors and officials of Weston-Super-Mare broke down en-route to the fixture meaning a 4pm kick-off and a half-time departure for myself. But all was not lost.

Riding high after last seasons Southern League Championship success, and promotion for the first time to the Nationwide Conference South, Histon have taken to life at level two in the non-league pyramid and currently sit in a respectable mid-table position – just a few points off the play-off places.

Promotion has also seen continued improvements to their Bridge Road ground (actually in Impington just north of the A14) thanks to the continued sponsorship of Glassworld. Arriving what I thought was a reasonable thirty minutes ahead off kick-off actually proved to be an hour-and-a-half ahead of the start of any action. This gave yours truly plenty of time to investigate this pleasant and tidy venue and to enjoy a decent enough burger and chips, and after several laps of the playing area, a nice cuppa too.


The Stutes are well supported by the locals, and considering that the combined population of Histon and the adjacent Impington is around 8,500 the club do very well to average around 450 for home games. Much larger Town’s struggle to attract anywhere near that level of support for their local sides. Back at the beginning of last season some 2,000 fans flocked to Bridge Road for the FA Cup 1st Round tie with Shrewsbury Town. The red and blacks advance to the second round for the first time in their history with a two-nil win over the League Two side, and equaled that achievement this season succumbing to Nuneaton Borough after a replay. 2,100 turning out for that game.

Weston-super-mare, also newcomers to the Conference South, have struggled to find any sort of form this campaign, but despite fifteen league defeats so far this season the Somerset side are well clear of the drop zone with eleven points to spare on the relegation places. Clearly suffering from the effects of their delayed arrival they went behind in the 11th minute when ‘keeper Northmore saved a short range effort by Histon’s Bloomfield, his defence failed to clear the ball as it rebounded off his chest and Ian Cambridge made easy work of the follow-up.

Northmore saved again a few minutes later and also saw a shot return off his bar before his side equalised just after half-an-hour, and very much against the run of play. Defender Scott Walker picked up a lose ball some thirty yards out and hit a pile driver into the far corner of the Histon net. An absolute scorcher of a goal that silenced the crowd apart from a handful of travelling Mare fans positioned behind said goal. The game settled into a midfield battle for the remainder of the half before I had to make my exit.

A player who caught my attention in the forty-five minutes of action I did get to see was defender Erkan Okay, probably because I had seen him in action for the Ipswich Town Youth side some years back. He didn’t make it with Town but by all accounts played a key role in Histon’s Championship victory last season.

One-one proved to be the full-time score too according to local radio. So another blog entry comes to an end but before I go a quick mention for the slightly sinister looking Histon mascot (pictured) – The Hound - who reminded me vaguely of the giant furry animals that fought to the death in Dom Joly’s Trigger Happy TV a few years back. Or perhaps it’s just me.

Match: 50 (2005/06) 1,294 (Lifetime)

posted by chevblue at 7:07 pm






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