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Histon v Grimsby Preview

By: Alex Green
Date: 03/01/2011

SEVEN Heaven, Magnificent Seven, Hit for Seven. I guess you probably have better headlines in your head than that but Wow! That was a Happy New Year like no other. The last 3 times Grimsby have scored 7 all happened in January so I suggest we all turn up diligently this month.

The History

The small club based just outside Cambridge came to many people's attention in 2008, when they were the first ever non-league side to beat Leeds in the FA Cup and in front of the ITV cameras to boot. And though that may seem like their biggest accomplishment at a glance it wasn't till the play-offs that year when Histon nearly made it to the Football League for the first time since their creation in 1904. Unfortunately they lost 3-0 to Torquay in the semi-finals but still it was an achievement for a club so small.

Last Season

Well it was all going rather well really. They had started rather well and hoped they could duplicate the success from the previous season was fading but mid-table safety, obscurity what ever you want to call it was in the bag. UNTIL March 9th 2010. This was the date of Histon's last win of the season at the time the club were 13th, stuck mid-table and bobbling along happy in another season secure in the top flight of non-league. A downturn in form only accustomed at Blundell Park occurred losing 5-0 to Mansfield, 6-3 to Luton and 3-0 to Wrexham accompanied by many other defeats 8 in total out of 11 the other 3 draws. Those 3 points ended up being so crucial as Histon survived by 1 solitary point.

This Season

Histon were really struggling, I mean Derby County in the Premiership struggling before October. The club had recorded just 1 victory all season on the opening day against Barrow and if it wasn't for 3 straight wins in October the club would be cut adrift at the bottom preparing for which ever lower league you go in after this one. Now also out of all cup competitions the club have no choice than to place all attention on their precarious position but all is not lost with 2 games in hand on the two above them Histon have a chance to leap 6 places theoretically.

Key Player - Antonio Murray

Returning to the club after time at both Chelmsford City and Cambridge United the Ipswich trainee has managed to put away 6 goals this season most at the start of the season when Histon were dreaming of something more than a relegation dogfight. Since early October Murray has found the next just twice most recently a token effort in a 5-1 defeat to Luton. Though the number 9 is hardly firing on all cylinders right now. His ability to find the goal at the right time is crucial to Histon getting results.

Prediction

A 7-2 win would be fantastic but 2-0 is just as good and just as strong. If the team can continue a rich vein of form as we move into this busy period things will be looking very good.

Histon 0-2 Grimsby

The Teams

Histon

1 - Joe Welch
2 - Lanre Oyebanjo
3 - Callum Stewart
4 - Erkan Okay
5 - Remy Clerima
7 - Omer Riza
8 - Lee Wootton
9 - Antonio Murray
11 - Daniel Sparkes
12 - Danny Mills
13 - Romone McCrae
14 - Zac Attwood
16 - George Lawton
17 - Zak Mills
18 - James Stevenson
19 - Lewis Taaffe
21 - Edward Adjei
22 - Lee Smith
23 - Jack Ainsley
25 - David Livermore

Grimsby

1 Kenny Arthur - Goalkeeper
2 Peter Bore - Midfielder
3 Lee Ridley - Defender
4 Mark Hudson - Midfielder
5 Darran Kempson - Defender
6 Scott Garner - Defender
7 Lewis Gobern - Midfielder
8 Michael Cummins - Midfielder
9 Charles Ademeno - Striker
10 Lee Peacock - Striker
11 Michael Coulson - Striker
13 Nick Colgan - Goalkeeper
14 Michael Leary - Midfielder
15 Dwayne Samuels - Defender
16 Steven Watt - Defender
17 Alan Connell - Striker
19 Bradley Wood - Midfielder
20 Josh Fuller - Midfielder
21 Andi Thanoj
22 Mark Gray
22 Dean Sinclair - Midfielder
23 Tom Corner - Striker
24 Nathan Dixon - Striker
25 Robert Atkinson - Defender
29 Robert Eagle - Midfielder
30 Steve Croudson - Goalkeeper
40 Robert Peet - Goalkeeper

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