Hopley goal beats Histon

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Rob Hopley’s first half goal proved to be enough for the Bay to beat Histon 1-0 in a Skrill North match played in difficult conditions. 

Driving rain and a gale force wind made skilful football impossible with Hopley scoring the only goal of the game on 22 minutes. 

Histon defender Grant Roberts was beaten by a combination of the wind and an awkward bounce of the ball and and Hopley ran clear to fend off a late challenge from behind to shoot past keeper Calum Kitscha. 

Bay keeper Chris Sanna, who received a special plaque before the game to mark recently completing 200 games for the club, got down well to save a Kaine Sheppard header and then dived bravely at the feet of Lewis Taaffe, while Nathan Hicks and Sheppard both shot wide from good shooting chances. 

Sanna also came off his line well to punch clear two or three dangerous balls into the area and went on to keep a second successive league clean sheet. 

In the second half, with the pitch starting to cut up to make conditions even more difficult, Kitscha made a point blank range save from Marc Williams, while Stephens clipped the bar with a free kick (although the referee credited the keeper with a finger tip save) and Sean Williams also hit the bar direct from a corner.

 Gaz Evans and Hopley both miscued chances to kill the game off but in these conditions, with players struggling to maintain their balance and their footing, that was understandable.

 Histon might have rescued a point right at the death when the ball fell to substitute Nick Freeman, but he shot straight at Sanna from 20 yards as their winless run stretched to six games.