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U's See Off Histon

7 November 2012

Good workout in friendly.



The same could be said for the likes of John White, John-Joe O'Toole and Freddie Sears, players who could be knocking on the door for a starting place at Crewe on Saturday.

Morrison and Bond had both come on as second half substitutes for the U's against Notts County but would have benefited from the workout against the non-leaguers.

First half goals from Clinton Morrison and Andy Bond put the U's in control, before Histon got a goal back in the second half.

  The U's have beaten Histon 2-1 in a behind closed doors friendly on Wednesday afternoon.
The game started with neither side causing too many problems for the opposing keeper and it took until the sixteenth minute for the U’s to get a shot on target.

Unfortunately, Andy Bond’s goalbound effort was blocked by teammate Freddie Ladapo.

Bond also had the next strike, after twenty seven minutes, shooting wide from the angle of the penalty area.

A minute later, the Histon keeper made a great save from a Ladapo header, following a right wing cross from John White.

The U’s were in control now and on the half hour, a long range effort wide from John-Joe O’Toole was followed by the opening goal.

Ladado got in wide, his cross found Clinton Morrison in space and after taking a touch to steady himself, Morrison sidefooted home into the bottom corner.

One goal became two ninety seconds later, as Freddie Sears found Andy Bond and the U’s midfielder calmly stroked his shot home from fifteen yards out.

Sears could have made it 3-0 on forty minutes but was denied by a save when he was through with just the keeper to beat.

On half time, Histon almost got a goal back through Ben Coker, who shot straight at Taylor from close range.

Early in the second half, Nkumu looked like he had lost his man, but recovered well to see away the shot with a firm block.

Histon did get a goal on fifty five minutes though, when the U’s defensive line was breached the ball was rolled into the net by the visitors.

Morrison could have restored the U’s advantage on 63 minutes, as he was slipped in through the middle, but the goalkeeper got finger tips to it, to tip it around the post.

U’s U21s keeper Phillips went in between the sticks for the visitors for the last twenty-five minutes, as the series of substitutions continued in the second period.

The U’s were starting to step it up, and a quick paced move ended with Ladapo fizzing one wide of the post from distance as Phillips scrambled across.

Histon curled a free kick over the bar with fourteen to go, before a chance was missed when a cross was whipped in from the right to the far post.

At the other end, a Ramm cross was helped into a dangerous area by Morrison, but Phillips stood up well to see away a low Olufemi shot.

As the clock ran down, James-Lewis drove one wide after a good U’s move, before Olufemi’s darting run into the box ended with a smart save by Phillips.


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