Uhlsport United Counties League, Premier Division South
Saturday March 18th 2023
HISTON v Easington Sports
Kick Off 3pm
Match Sponsored by The Wells Family
Matchball Sponsored by Colin Barnes Building Services
It is our penultimate home fixture on Saturday as for the first time we welcome Easington Sports to Bridge Road. Lance Key will hoping that his side can avenge the defeat that was inflicted upon The Stutes back on August 13th in Oxfordshire. The home side went into the break two goals to the good, with a third coming midway through the second period.
Since that warm summer afternoon fortunes for both sides have changed somewhat, with Sports now sitting in 11th place, albeit just 3 points above Godmanchester Rovers who occupy 16th spot. Our visitors have only recorded 1 victory in their last 13 outings, with a narrow 1-0 win on February 25th at their home of Addison Road against GNG Oadby Town. This was followed up by an impressive 1-1 home draw against Newport Pagnell Town.
On their travels Easington have struggled in-front of goal somewhat, with just 8 goals having been scored in 11 games. This has led to just 4 points having been collected on the road, with a sole win on the opening day of the season at Godmanchester Rovers, whilst a point was fought out at Long Buckby back on September 13th.
The goals have been shared around for our visitors with Ollie Rose and Leam Howards having scored on 6 occasions, with 8 other members of Andrew Sharman’s side having netted 3 or 4 times each.
Although our unbeaten record was extended to 9 games with a 2-2 draw last time out against Cogenhoe United, Lance Key will hoping that his side remains focused ahead of what could prove to be a tricky task ahead. That point a week ago was clutched from the hands of Cogenhoe who held on until the 91st minute when Max York struck home to the delight of almost all inside Bridge Road.
The Stutes manager will no doubt have been encouraged by the application of his side for the duration, with a number of chances having been created, especially in the second half when the visiting goalkeeper was kept busy. This steely resilience is something that has been evident throughout this fine spell for his side that has now not tasted a league defeat since November 19th at Champions elect Rugby Town.
Pat Bexfield continues to work his way back to full fitness and it remains to be seen whether he will be able to play any part within the matchday squad, whilst Luke Crisp remains doubtful.
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