Evo-Stick Southern 1 Central
Saturday 22nd October 2016
Elkanah Sibanda fired home a 30th minute free kick to secure a point as we battled hard for a share of the spoils in West London yesterday.
Manager Lance Key unveiled another new signing in his starting line up, midfielder Marcus Hall taking his place alongside Ross Munro in the centre of the park after joining on dual registration from Soham Town Rangers on Friday.
The home side started well and took the lead on 10 minutes when Tyler Christian-Law had time in the box to turn and fire past Conroy from 10 yards out. We responded well though and soon after Elkanah Sibanda seized on a loose ball and surged into the area before drilling the ball across the 6 yard line but alas it evaded everyone and was cleared.
With 27 minutes on the clock Jake Chambers-Shaw was brought down a few yards outside the area, a challenge that saw plenty of handbags drawn and once the Referee had dished out a few yellow cards Chambers-Shaw and Sibanda stood over the freekick. It was Sibanda who stepped forward though to curl a delightful shot up and over the wall and into the top far corner to level the scores up.
The hosts pushed to regain their lead before the break and a lovely passing move opened up our defence to create an opening but Conroy was on hand to make a terrific save, deflecting the ball up onto the crossbar and away for a corner to keep it at 1-1 at half time.
After the break both sides were looking for the lead and the hosts created the better chances although Marcus Hall wasn’t far away from a debut goal with an hour or so gone. We continued to look dangerous on the break whilst defending well and in numbers at the back. On one of those breaks Matty Allan was millimetres away from sending Danny Gould clear and it took an excellent defensive intervention to clear the danger. Jos Gwynne was twice denied a first senior goal first by the home keeper making a fine save at his near post and then by a superb defensive tackle that stopped the midfielder turning home Chamber-Shaw’s cross.
The home side were stepping up the pressure though as they pushed forward in the closing stages. Conroy was beaten as Courtney Austin went round him in the area but Chris Hyem was alert to the danger and cleared off the line as he covered his keeper. The post came to the rescue on one occasion as both sides tried to find a breakthrough but it wasn’t to be.
We’re back in action on Tuesday evening when we welcome Potters Bar Town to The Glassworld Stadium, kick off @ 7.45pm.
Histon: Niall Conroy, Chris Hyem, Elkanah Sibanda, Ross Munro (Aysa Ourtilbour 87), Max York, Cameron Watson, Danny Gould, Marcus Hall (Will Gardner 70), Ben Yeomans (Jos Gwynne 62), Jake Chambers-Shaw, Matty Allan.
Histon sub not used: Simon Unwin.
Histon yellow cards: Ben Yeomans, Jake Chambers-Shaw.
Histon goal scorer: Elkanah Sibanda (30).
Hanwell Town: Melvin Minter, Chris Mills (Bradley Simmonds 52), Sam Hurrell, Tom Duffy, Callum Duffy, Jesse Kewley-Graham, Tyler Christian-Law, Mark Jamison, Will Turl (Courtney Austin 62), James Simmonds, Joe Chandiram.
Hanwell Town subs not used: Robin Nicholls, Nicolai Tararov, Ricky Pither.
Hanwell Town yellow cards: Mark Jamison, Tom Duffy, Jesse Kewley-Graham.
Hanwell Town goal scorer: Tyler Christian-Law (10).