Whilst we are no longer sponsors of the Histon Hornets, we’ve kept this record on our site for posterity, and because, at the time that the match reports were originally published, they did not have a website.
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We were immensely proud to be the 2016 sponsors of a local youth football team – the Histon Hornets U10 (Blue). Getting children involved in team sports from an early age is such a good thing to do and lays the foundation for so many life skills.
You can read about their progress during that season in the match reports below. You’ll see that we don’t publish the results. This is deliberate and part of the FA RESPECT protocol aimed at promoting good sportsmanship and helping to help ensure a safe, positive environment in which to play the game, regardless of the score.
Archived Histon Hornest Match Reports
Haslingfield v Histon Hornets U10 (Blue)
Following on from a very healthy win at home last week against Spartak, Histon Hornets U10 may well have felt justifiably confident for the first away fixture of the season. However, today’s opponents Haslingfield U10 had other ideas.
From the opening few minutes of the game, it became clear that Histon were in for a hard game. Haslingfield were first to the ball, pressurised the Histon players into mistakes and picked up every loose ball.
Initially, Histon held up well to the team in blue and black stripes. Though it wasn’t to last long before the pressure began to tell. Some precise passing and good movement around Histon’s defence, gave Haslingfield’s number seven the opportunity to score a simple tap in for the home team.
As the half time whistle blew Histon Hornets found themselves behind. Haslingfield’s half-time tally included a stunning strike from the number 10, who scored from a yard or two from inside his own half. Clearly Haslingfield had a very good half and were looking for more goals as the second half kicked off.
The second half followed the same pattern as the first, with Haslingfield pressing and looking to move the ball quickly forward at every opportunity. Unsurprisingly, as Histon pressed further up the pitch to get back in the game, Haslingfield found more space and scored a few more goals. By the time the final whistle blew, Haslingfield had secured a well deserved victory.
Both teams were a credit to their clubs, playing the game positively and in the right spirit. Histon Hornets at no point allowed the result to get the better of them and kept trying to press for a consolation goal right up until the final whistle. For all the effort Histon Hornets U10 came away from the match empty handed, though they can have no complaints as they were outplayed on the day by an impressive Haslingfield team.
17th September 2016
The next match is away against Cottenham United. We’re looking forward to updating you on how that went soon…
Cottenham U10 – Histon Hornets U10 (Blue)
Following on from a great game against Haslingfield recently, the Histon Hornets U10 boys were ready raring to go again for Saturday’s local derby against Cottenham U10. Right from the whistle Histon had one thing in mind, pass move and attack. The Histon boys had the better of the early first half exchanges. Following great team movement with the Histon defence winning the ball and passing through the midfield, Alistair picked up the ball, opened up the Cottenham defence to score a terrific
As the first half progressed, Histon gained more and more possession, pushing Cottenham back into their own half. However, Cottenham were not to be outdone, as they had several good chances to level the scoring. Thwarted only by brilliant defending from George and great stops by Oscar in goal. Histon continued to push forward regardless, and by the end of the first half found themselves 4 up. Stunning goals from Miles, Nathaniel, Frazer and Alistair.
As the second half kicked off the Histon manager shuffled his pack and brought on several substitutes to give the team fresh legs. The second half started as the first finished with Histon pushing on for more goals. Alfie pounced on a loose ball just outside the penalty box and drove the shot into the bottom left hand corner of the net for number . The Histon boys continued to push high up the pitch, and, but for the Cottenham goalie playing a man of the match performance, the score could have easily been in double figures.
As the second half progressed, Cottenham moved slowly but surely into the ascendancy as Histon tired, scoring 3 quick goals with no Histon reply. When the final whistle blew Histon ran out worthy winners. However, toward the end of the game the boys may well have liked to have converted more of the missed chances, to help make the game a little more secure. Though all said and done both teams played brilliantly, with very little to choose between them on the day. I am sure both managers and players walked away from the game happy with the way that the boys played.
1st October 2016
The Hornets face Newmarket Town Youth next – Go Hornets!
Newmarket Town Blue vs Histon Hornets Blue
Mini Soccer Cup
The boy’s last game saw them travel to Newmarket Town football club to play a cup match on the newly laid 3G pitch. Once the boys got over the distraction of what footwear they were permitted to wear they all got their game faces on and began the warm up. After introducing Sav (MK Dons Ladies goalkeeper) as the new member of the coaching team the boys were itching to get going.
The game kicked off. The Histon starting 7 were out of the blocks quickly with two great chances in a few minutes. The game was largely played in Newmarket’s half and on the 8 minute mark Adam picked up the ball on the edge of the box and curled a beauty into the top corner of the goal!
Histon had a well deserved lead but the opposition were not going to lie down, they came back strongly at Histon and had some good chances of their own but with Oscar doing a great job for his team in goal the boys managed to hold on to their lead when the half time whistle was blown.
Second half got under way and it became evident that Newmarket had woken up their number 11 was playing some nice stuff and really strong on the ball. From a corner a Newmarket player swung it in and after a couple of deflections their number 7 was able to poke the ball across the line. The game continued in the same manner and Newmarket struck again. Now it was Histon’s turn to wake up, and they did….
Had it not been for three world class saves from the Newmarket keeper Histon would have been out of site, they were playing some nice football around the Newmarket defence and Alfie was putting in some great corners. Then finally Histon made the break through when Nat took charge and smashed the ball towards goal it took a slight deflection and then flew into the net.
Shortly after the restart the ref blew his whistle for full time. No what? The coaches looked at each other the ref looked at the coaches, was to be penalties, extra time, or a replay? This was new territory but once clarified by an FA it was to be extra time.
The boys had put so much effort into scoring the equaliser that they didn’t have much left in the tank and extra time was to be their undoing, Newmarket scored a couple to secure a passage to the next round. The boys were so unlucky, had Newmarket’s goalkeeper not had the game of his life our boys would have been out of site. That said the game was played in a great spirit, the fans (parents) and coaches were exhausted and the boys did the club proud each and every one of them gave it their all. Great Game for the spectators and a few things for the coaches to work on in training to continue to develop this great bunch of lads.
Histon Hornets U10 (Blue) v Cherry Hinton Lions
This week, the Histon Hornets U10 (blue) team welcomed the Cherry Hinton Lions (U10) to the Histon & Impington recreation ground. On a perfect early Autumn morning, both teams were ready and raring to go – like excited flat-capped Whippets ready for the chase.
Right from the first whistle, both teams stitched great attacking passing moves together. Cumulating in lots of thrilling goal mouth action. Cherry Hinton made the most of the early exchanges, however, it was the Histon boys that saw the first half out with a two goal lead.
The second half started with most of the first half teams being substituted, to keep both teams’ energy levels high whilst allowing all of the boys the chance for a good run out. As the game progressed, Histon Hornets continued to impress, adding another four great goals to their tally.
However, toward the last quarter of the game Cherry Hinton slipped into another gear as the Histon boys tired, defending deeper and deeper. As a result, Cherry Hinton scored three quick goals, showcasing their great stamina and belief to get back into the game.
At the final whistle the home team ran out the worthy winners in the end. More importantly, and what is clear from the performance from both teams, is the collective will to play as a team and for each other. A great credit to both teams, coaches and managers for helping the boys gel together as a cohesive unit and play the game with fabulous spirit.
Histon Hornets U10 (Blue) v Newmarket Town Youth (White)
12th November 2016
On a windy, rain-swept and chilly Saturday morning the Histon Hornets U10 (Blue), welcomed Newmarket Town Youth to the recreation ground. The away game at Newmarket between these two sides was a great nip and tuck affair, with Newmarket slotting in a cheeky late winner. So today’s game between the evenly matched sides in such challenging conditions was eagerly anticipated.
Right from the first whistle, and kicking against the wind, the Histon boys had one thing in mind; to attack the Newmarket goal. So it was no surprise to see Histon go one up in the first few minutes. However, this spurred on Newmarket to push forward with gusto, though they were thwarted on numerous occasions by stoic Histon defending. As the first half drew to a close Histon found themselves with a deserved but narrow lead.
At the start of the second half, the Histon boys pushed on with wave after wave of attacks on the Newmarket goal. So much so that the boys forced a sequence of six or seven corners in a row. Sadly for Newmarket the pressure began to tell, with the Histon boys scoring goals at regular intervals. The Newmarket boys always presented a threat, but the Histon defence held firm.
At the final whistle Histon Hornets team ran out deserved winners, with hot shot Alfie scoring a well deserved hat trick. Credit goes to both teams, the coaches and the referee for their support and performance on the day in challenging conditions. Just left to warm up the blue fingers and to keep the big smiles.
Match Report – Histon Hornets vs Plantation
Finally after a long layoff the boys got to play their last 16 cup game against Plantation, a team from Saffron Walden. The team were eager to get going and couldn’t wait for the whistle to begin the game. Plantation came out of the blocks fast, the Histon boys knew instantly they were going to be in a battle!
Then boom, plantation struck with a deserved goal the Histon boys went 1-0 down. It wasn’t clear how our boys would react as they hadn’t played for so long but they didn’t disappoint! The boys rallied round and with a couple of changes in personnel from the coach they were soon back on level terms with a great team goal as Miles slotted a lovely through ball to Ryan for him to go on and score. Two more goals quickly followed for the Hornets from Alfie and another from Ryan which saw them go into half time 3-1 up.
Plantation were not done though! They came out for the second half determined not to be beaten and managed to pull the score back to 3-3. Nobody wanted to go out of the cup and the boys were ready to fight for their place with some great battling in the tackles. Then after a little goal mouth struggle Alistair stuck out his toe to poke the ball in!! Had they done enough? No, Plantation came back and scored an equaliser that took the game into extra time.
Extra time came the first five minutes was fairly uneventful with neither team wanting to give anything away. So the second half of extra time came, the boys carried the fight to Plantation but just couldn’t break down the Plantation defence. It looked like penalties were going to decide this game, until Plantation nicked the ball from a throw in and made two quick passes to their forward who with 10 seconds to go slotted the ball home!!! Heart break for the Histon boys!!!
The Histon boys didn’t like the feeling of losing the game but held their heads high. The game was played in a great spirit. Each and every Histon boy was a credit to the club and those associated with it after the game. The boys learnt a harsh but valuable lesson today with is a good thing in their footballing development. Good luck to Plantation in the next round.