County’s first game at Edgeley Park in 2014 ended with a hard-fought 1-0 win over Histon. County took the lead early on but had to mount a determined rear guard action for the rest of the game. County stubbornly held firm despite the opposition managing 22 to attempts on goal to give County a fourth win in six matches.
The game started with a bang when Histon’s Andrew Philips made a break but some great defending from Jordan Fagbola averted the danger. A few minutes later County broke the deadlock in fine style as the ball was squared to Nick Platt on the edge of the box and he drilled a shot low and hard into the corner of the goal.
Histon came back at County straight away with top scorer Lewis Taaffe having a shot deflected behind. A couple of minutes later it was Claudio Hobans’ turn to have a shot deflected over with the resulting corner landing on Zak Mills’ head but his effort went just wide.
County fans were relieved a few minutes later when a monumental goal line scramble ended with County miraculously getting the ball away to safety against all odds after it had ricocheted off the bar and been kept out with a succession of last ditch blocks. Dennis picked up the clearance and ran at the Histon defence but his shot was tipped around the post for a corner. The inswinging corner landed at Iain Howards feet who’s flashing effort came back off the woodwork.
A few minutes later Scott Duxbury found space 25yards out but his shot was well over. His fellow Myerscough graduate Chris Churchman had a speculative shot from 30 yards out which took a deflection and went wide. At the other end a defensive error left Andrew Philips space to take a shot but he skied it over the bar.
The last chance for Histon in the first half ended with an Andrew Philips shot being blocked by Fagbola after Nathan Hicks worked his way in behind the County defence.
The second half of the game fell into the pattern of Histon pressing with occasional breaks giving County the odd chance to put the game safe. On the 81st minute Fagbola was sent off after bringing down Hoban and earned himself a second yellow card for what was a relatively innocuous looking challenge. This forced County to see out the last 10 minutes with only 10 men and Lordy used his substitutions wisely to reshape his side and see out the game for a battling win.