Evo-Stick Southern Division 1 Central
Saturday 13th August 2016
Elkanah’s Sibanda’s free kick found the top corner of the Fleet net on the stroke of half time to give us the lead but an unfortunate run of injuries disrupted the side and ultimately we had to settle for a point. Danny Gould (38 mins) and Pat Bexfield (ht) were the first to leave the field, soon followed by Tom Moran (57) as Steve Fallon had to reshuffle his team around to cope with the forced substitutions. Sibanda and Luke Seaber-Shinn were also injured but somehow managed to stay on the pitch although they were both clearly struggling for the last 15 minutes of the game.
The team showed character though and found a way to get a result. New signing Ben Yeomans made a good impression up front on his debut whilst Chris Hyem, also making his Histon debut, was similarly impressive in midfield.
Gould was causing the Fleet defence some problems in the first half hour and he linked up well with Hyem and Yeomans on more than one occasion. Both were involved in a nice move on 20 minutes that saw the overlapping Max York fire in a low ball to Yeomans whose touch and turn in the area was assured but whose shot was blocked on the 6 yard line.
The home side were looking dangerous on the break though but despite getting into good positions and delivering dangerous balls into the box, they weren’t able to test Conroy in the Histon goal. Gould was forced off on 38 minutes and Bexfield was struggling soon after but somehow made it through to the break.
Just as it looked like the sides were going in level for half time, Sibanda struck a lovely free kick into the top corner of the net that gave the keeper no chance to give us the lead.
Bexfield was replaced by Harry McGregor at half time as Fallon readjusted his side. Ten minutes later and the home side were nearly level but Niall Conroy was alert to the danger, coming out quickly to smother the chance when the Fleet striker found his way through the defence.
On 57 minutes Fallon was forced to make his third substitution when Tom Moran limped off to be replaced by Charlie Brown. McGregor had to drop back into defence alongside Cameron Watson and the team again had to readjust it’s shape.
Yeomans was still keeping the home defence on their toes, testing Pryce from distance and forcing the keeper to save well and Sibanda was probing down the left flank but it was the home side who scored next to level the game, Ben White getting in at the near post to head past Conroy to make it 1-1 on 66 minutes.
Fleet were enjoying a good spell now and should have taken the lead when a cross found a Fleet forward unmarked 10 yards out but his header sailed high over the bar.
Sibanda and then Luke Seaber-Shinn picked up injuries with 20 or so minutes left but with all substitutions already made, both had to find a way to carry on. This lead to more juggling of positions which inevitably created space and opportunity for the home side who came close to getting the winner more than once. Yeomans, Hyem and Charlie Brown were enough of a presence up front though to keep the home side on their toes defensively and when Hyem sent Yeomans away into space on the left it looked like we might snatch the winner ourselves. The striker saw Brown free in the area but his first time cross was well intercepted by Williamson to avert the danger.
Conroy saved well low down to his right in added time and Simba was millimeters away from diverting a cross into the net soon after but when the whistle came the sides remained level.
A good point for us particularly considering the disruption to the side caused by all those injuries which is a concern ahead of Tuesday night’s game when we welcome Arlesey Town to The Glassworld Stadium.
Histon: Niall Conroy, Max York, Luke Seaber-Shinn, Pat Bexfield (Harry McGregor 46), Cameron Watson, Tom Moran (Simon Unwin 57), Danny Gould (Charlie Brown 38), Jordan Traynier, Ben Yeomans, Chris Hyem, Elkanah Sibanda.
Histon sub not used: James Skinner.
Histon yellow cards: Chris Hyem, Luke Seaber-Shinn.
Histon scorer: Elkanah Sibanda (45+1).
Fleet Town: Ryan Pryce, Dan Williamson, Josh Francis (Zac Gill 58), Josh Harfield, Dan Rousell, Craig Davis, Mark Watkins (Danilo Cadete 60), James Scott, Ben White, Simba Mlambo, Taylor Watts.
Fleet Town subs not used: Ben Toye, Jack French, Brett Stanley.
Fleet Town yellow card: Simba Mlambo.
Fleet Town scorer: Ben White (66).