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Grimsby v Histon Preview

By: Alex Green
Date: 30/08/2010

THE Blue Square don't make it easy do they? Town get ready for their 6th game in 17 days! With a Bank Holiday Monday fixture against the Histon Town another small team ready to knock us back down.

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 camera’s 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 midtable 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’s only victory of the season was on the opening day against a Barrow, which they closed the previous season with. The 3-1 victory hadn't started well an own goal by Clerima after just 12 minutes was soon righted by a couple from Atwood and the first by Romone McCrae. Since then the team have struggled a 2-0 defeat by early pace setters Wimbledon is hardly a problem and neither really are the two following score draws against Eastbourne and Newport Co. The only worry was Saturday’s resounding 3-0 defeat at home to Kettering and with their next two games on the road here at Blundell Park and then at Hayes and Yeading, Histon could well be playing catch up.

Key Player: Romone McCrae

McCrae is currently on loan from nearby Peterborough United and is the only player in the Histon squad to have found the next in more than one match this season. The 19-year-old has impressed at London Road starring twice for the Posh last season and to further his development has now been loaned out to Histon in hoping to speed along the process. So far it has worked named man of the match on two occasions so far this season the youngster scored on his debut against Barrow. He may well be what Histon need as the club force them selves back up the early league table.


The Mariners have yet to find a win at home. Whether it is through the pressure of a home crowd, bad luck or simply poor performances a win is vital if Woods wants to keep some of the harder to please fans onside and the club maintain a good start.

Grimsby 3-1 Histon


1 Kenny Arthur
2 Peter Bore
3 Lee Ridley
4 Mark Hudson
5 Darran Kempson
6 Scott Garner
7 Lewis Gobern
8 Michael Cummins
9 Charles Ademeno
10 Lee Peacock
11 Michael Coulson
13 Nick Colgan
14 Michael Leary
15 Dwayne Samuels
16 Steven Watt
17 Alan Connell
19 Bradley Wood
22 Mark Gray
24 Nathan Dixon
25 Robert Atkinson
28 Josh Fuller
29 Robert Eagle
Scott Garner


1 - Joe Welch
2 - Lanre Oyebanjo
3 - Callum Stewart
4 - Erkan Okay
5 - Remy Clerima
6 - Oluwafemi Ilesanmi
8 - Lee Wootton
9 - Antonio Murray
10 - Ben Clarke
11 - Daniel Sparkes
12 - Danny Mills
13 - Romone McCrae
14 - Zac Attwood
15 - Sekou Diarra
16 - George Lawton
17 - Zac Mills
18 - James Stevenson
19 - Lewis Taaffe
20 - Mamadou Gomes
21 - Edward Adjei
22 - Jordan Pavett
23 - Lamine Sagna

Team News

With both Kenny Arthur and Nick Colgan injured, Neil Woods will have to decide between rookie 'keeper Rob Peet or call goalkeeping coach Steve Croudson back from injury.

Bore and Leary continue to be doubtful after recent injuries.

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