Thurlow Nunn ECL Premier Division
Saturday 12th August 2017


Histon produced a strong performance at Ipswich Wanderers yesterday afternoon to maintain the promising start to the season. Goals from Sheldon Weinman, James Carman and two from Evan Key made it back to back league wins ahead of Tuesday night’s trip to Saffron Walden.

Manager Lance Key made a couple of changes from the side that beat Ely City last week. Brendan Lees and James Carman came into the starting XI but the home side nearly went ahead just seconds after kick off when a dangerous ball across goal from the left was nearly converted before being cleared away for a corner. Not long after and Ayden Duffy was forced to tip over a goal bound free kick on 12 minutes before Histon had really offered anything much at the other end.

After that somewhat lethargic start Histon started to settle into the game and get forward but it was Wanderers who looked brighter in the opening exchanges.

That started to change though when Tommy Wright made excellent progress down the right hand side before sending over a cross that was met by Ed Rolph whose glancing header went just wide of the post. Wanderers were still posing a threat to Duffy’s goal and it needed a goal line clearance from Danny Gould to keep the scores level soon after.

Influential midfielder Lee Smith was forced off with a knock on 25 minutes, Sheldon Weinman his replacement just in front of the defence and it wasn’t long before Weinman was making a name for himself in a Histon shirt. 34 minutes in Rolph picked the ball up centrally and did well to make progress on the left, making it to the goal line before pulling the ball back to Weinman who had time to take a touch before placing his shot past Fairweather to put Histon 1 up, a lead Histon held until the break.

Sheldon Weinman makes it 1-0 after good work by Ed Rolph.

You had the feeling that the next goal was going to be important and it was Histon who got it within a minute of the restart. Danny Gould sent over a cross to the back post that was met by Evan Key who headed powerfully home to double the lead.

Evan Key heads home for 2-0

With confidence flowing now Histon went looking for more. Another Gould corner was met by Rolph who was unlucky to see his header come back out off the post. A few minutes later and Gould cut inside his defender and curled a right footed effort just past the far post as Histon were looking to build on their good spell of dominance.

James Carman tested Fairweather with a stinging shot from the edge of the area but the striker didn’t have to wait much longer to get on the score sheet. On the hour mark Rolph powered down the right before sending over a low ball across the area. It took a deflection off a defender that forced a great save from Fairweather but Carman was following up to smash he loose ball home from close range to make it 3-0, picking up a booking for his celebration straight after!

James Carman makes it 3-0.

For all Histons’ supremacy now the home side still felt they had a chance to get back into it and five minutes later missed a great chance to reduce the arrears but Duffy stood up well to foil the Wanderers’ striker when through one on one.

Histon though wanted more goals and kept their foot on the accelerator. Max York got a good head on another of Gould’s corners only to see the ball cleared off the line. Undeterred, a few minutes later the skipper found himself 25 yards out with time to measure a finely struck low effort that beat Fairweather but came back out off the post.

With 81 minutes gone Wanderers did get a goal back, York penalised in the area and picking up a caution for his troubles. Jack Severy stepped up and blasted the penalty home to make it 3-1.

Any Histon nerves about a late comeback were calmed 4 minutes later when Evan Key, impressive and influential in midfield all afternoon, advanced into space before sending a 25 yarder past the keeper into the bottom right corner to restore the three goal lead.

4-1, Evan Key gets his second of the game.

To Wanderers’ credit they still pushed forward at every opportunity and the last goal of the afternoon was theirs, and a great strike it was too. Substitute Dan Thrower firing a left footed shot on the turn high over Duffy into the top corner to make it 2-4.

That was the last real action of an entertaining game. Key will be pleased with the performance and the result as his team continue to settle into the new season, improving with every game. Next up is the short trip to Saffron Walden Town on Tuesday evening.


Histon: Ayden Duffy, Tommy Wright, Will Lawton, Lee Smith (Sheldon Weinman 25), Max York, Brendan Lees, James Carman (George Darling 67), Evan Key, Ed Rolph, Pat Bexfield, Danny Gould (Taher Ali 80):

Histon unused subs: None

Histon yellow cards: James Carman, Ed Rolph, Max York.

Histon goal scorers: Sheldon Weinman (34), Evan Key (46, 85) James Carman (61).


Ipswich Wanderers: Bailey Fairweather, Nathan Speed, Dan Knight Matthew Buckle, Sam Allen, Kris Rose, Ryan Swift (George Mrozek 60), Darius Laws, James Watling (Harry Archer 68), Marcus Taylor (Dan Thrower 54), Jack Severy.

Ipswich Wanderers subs not used: James Buckle, Sam Garwood.

Ipswich Wanderers yellow card: Kris Rose.

Ipswich Wanderers goal scorers: Jack Severy (81 pen), Dan Thrower (89).


Attendance: 85.