AFC Wimbledon v Histon – A Match Preview

histonPhew! All the way round to a match preview once again. The games really are coming think and fast once more. It’s almost a blessing that I can’t make Rushden on Tuesday… not to me obviously, I’m absolutely gutted that I can’t make it. This time it has nothing to do with money. I have more money than I know what to do with now. It’s literally coming out of my ears. Although perhaps I should really use it to pay the bills? Hmmm, theres not much left after that… the perils of being just a normal guy…

Anyway, tomorrow (or today if your reading it in the wee hours of Saturday morning, when I eventually get around to finishing and publishing the article) we face Histon. The village team that very briefly became Cambridge’s most successful club. It’s Cambridge City that I feel sorry for, all those years of living in the shadows and just when it seemed they would get their day in the sun, whoops! The money runs out!

But what about Histon? They had a decent side last year, somehow hosting Leeds United in an FA Cup tie broadcast live on ITV, which they won, and managed to fit in everyone who wanted to see the game partly thanks to the ‘Bypass Terrace’ that runs above the ground and allows a free view for anyone who possesses a vehicle, or failing that a pair of legs (which may come in handy if I run out of money for the return visit…).

I checked out the match preview on the Histon site, and it seems someone is a huge fan of the BBC website… http://www.histonfc.co.uk/news.php?id=508. So James Kedwell is set to continue his scoring ways up front for the Dons, and apparently its just a short trip for The Stukes as they visit Kingston Upon Thames… well you wouldn’t exactly want to walk it would you?

So when most Dons fans think Histon they think ‘Danny Naisbitt’. We all remember when DA brought Danny to the club, made him captain, then watch him persistently kick the ball out of play and fail to properly understand the principle of positioning. Apart from that, he once played an inch perfect cross field ball a full seventy yards from left back to the right wingers feet, which absolutely stunned the home crowd and whichever team we were playing that day. Unfortunately it also shocked the player who the ball ended up with, who if I remember rightly ended up overhitting it for a goal kick.

Oh, and apparently Naisbitt is a goalkeeper these days…

On to the Dons, and I spent a while talking about Hatton last time out (which was actually about an hour as far as I’m concerned, and is probably five minutes for you, dear reader…).This time I want to talk about Ross Montague. Monty really changed the game following his introduction on Tuesday, and that is by now means any insult intended towards Keds or Moore. Montgomery seemed to take the better qualities of the two of them, in other words the fantastic close control and pace of Moore with the physical presence and goalscoring instinct of Kedwell.

So naturally I’m hoping for a front line of Kedwell and Montague, with Moore tucked in just behind. Appreciated, Monty isn’t match fit and was described to me as ‘injury prone’ only three days ago. Well, he is regaining match fitness and has impressed all of us. Until he gets injured again I don’t think we should worry too much. The way I see it is, he could turn out to be one of those players we will talk about in future saying ‘Brentford must feel sick they let him go’. Perhaps in kind of the same way that some of us mention Sam Hatton with regards to Stevenage…

So, my predicted match line-up is as follows…

Pullen

Conroy

Hussey

Lorraine

Johnson

Gregory

Adjei

Hatton

Moore

Kedwell

Montague

I expect Monty to make his first start, and I expect TB will want to experiment for the last time. He’s already found his first six names on the team sheet, as well as Kedwell and (dare I say it) Hatton. Main will find himself on the bench once more, but could find himself staying there if TB fancies Moore instead of him. I got a close up of Main’s expression when he sat on the bench for the last time on Tuesday. It betrayed his disgust at not getting a run-out. Nothing verbal, just his eyes, when he presumed no-one was looking… well no management at least, a sneaky Dons blogger had found his way directly behind the benches once more…

Or, once Monty runs out of steam, it could really be last chance time for Main. Just half an hour to channel all his dissatisfaction over not playing recently into goals. I’m sure there isn’t a Dons fan out there who would disagree with that.

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