King’s Lynn Town host Histon in battle of erratic teams

Football action at Downham Market FC Ground'Downham FC v King's Lynn Town FC Res'Goal scored by  Lynn's No 6 ANL-150921-084311009
Football action at Downham Market FC Ground'Downham FC v King's Lynn Town FC Res'Goal scored by Lynn's No 6 ANL-150921-084311009
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King’s Lynn Town renew acquaintances with old foes Histon Town at home tonight in the Evo-Stik League.

The two teams are neck-and-neck in the bottom half of the Premier Division table.

The last time the two sides met came in the League Challenge Cup clash back in August 2005 when the Stutes ran out 2-1 winners.

The Linnets will be looking to return to winning ways with a result that appears could go either way depending on which teams “turn up” this evening.

Lynn can mix-it with the best as has been seen with wins against Poole and Cirencester, but they can also disappoint as the games against Bideford, Paulton Rovers and at Redditch on Saturday proved (see page 47).

Like their hosts, Histon’s form this campaign has also been erratic.

On Saturday they defeated Hitchin, coming back from a goal down at half-time to win 5-1 – a result which saw them leapfrog Lynn in the league standings.

A week earlier, Histon had been removed from the FA Cup by the same scoreline at home to Ryman Division One North side Aveley.

Their form also saw a 7-1 thrashing at the hands of lowly Slough followed by a creditable draw against league leaders Chippenham Town.

Saturday’s 5-1 defeat of Hitchin Town saw the debut of Luke Trotman who was named as man-of-the-match.

The 18-year-old defender is on a one month’s loan from Luton Town.

Trotman became the second player to join Histon recently with another 18-year-old defender Ben Tilney recently arriving on an initial one month youth loan from MK Dons.

Stutes boss Brian Page has tried to overcome an awful start to the season which saw Histon concede 14 goals in their first four games.

After Saturday’s surprise win, Page said: “Certain moments in games change games and the goalkeeper and the own goal just totally changed the game.

“From that moment on, I thought we were absolutely brilliant. We just need to do that more often.

“It’s that old adage of consistency, how many times have we said it this season?”

King’s Lynn Reserves boss Robbie Back said of Friday’s 2-2 derby draw at Downham (see page 46): “It felt like a defeat really, especially after the way we played in the first half.

“We stopped playing after the break, but all credit to Downham who never gave up.

“I’m disappointed but we’ve started the season reasonably well and this is a learning curve for the players that they need to keep going for 90 minutes.”

Evo-Stik League Premier Division

Bottom eight

Histon 9 3 1 5 10

Lynn Town 9 3 1 5 10

Slough Town 9 2 3 4 9

Dunstable Town 9 2 2 5 8

Bideford 9 1 3 5 6

Bedworth United 9 1 2 6 5

Paulton Rovers 9 0 4 5 4

Frome Town 9 0 3 6 3