Rushden travel to Cambridgeshire to take on Histon tomorrow. The game, initially scheduled to be played later in the season, was brought forward to Saturday as neither team had a fixture set for that date. The teams last met in early December, with the result going Histon’s way. The defeat was to be the last at Nene Park to date.
Despite the Stutes higher league position, Rushden should go into the game with no feat tomorrow. Despite being early pace-setters in the league, against most peoples expectations, Histon have not enjoyed their football of late. When the two clubs last met in early-December, Rushden were 18th and Histon were sitting pretty in 5th. The situation now is very different. With Histon having earned just 1 point from their last 4 games, and Rushden having won four on the trot, just two clubs seperate the teams in the league table. A win for the Diamonds would narrow the gap between the two sides to 4 points; an amazing feat considering the distance was 15 points when the clubs last met.
The story if Histon FC is a succesful one, particularily of late. In 1995 the team were playing in the Eastern Counties League Division One. However, 13 years and 5 promotions later, the Stutes are now playing at the highest level of non-league football and, despite their poor form of late, are still just 8 points off a play-off place.
Histon will need no extra incentive to win tomorrow, as they aim to get their Football League dreams back on track. Rushden will be hoping to continue their exceptional run of form (theirest since the turn of the millenium) by de-railing another team’s play-off hopes.
According to speculative Histon fans on their messageboard (link below) tomorrow’s gate could be anything between 800-1300. A relatively large number of Diamonds fans are expected to travel, possibly +300 fans.
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