Bedford Town suffered a 4-2 defeat in an entertaining pre-season match-up against Histon at The Eyrie.
Much of the first half was fairly quiet, although the hosts tested Denzel Gerrar in the opening minute when Josh Bamford found himself one-on-one with the keeper, but Gerrar stood up well and smothered the attempt.
Histon made a change on the half hour, going to three central defenders at the back, and the changes paid off when Max York was bundled over in the area just before half-time.
Referee Gavin Muge awarded the penalty which was confidently struck home by Lee Smith, sending the Eagles keeper the wrong way.
The first half scoring wasn’t over yet, though, as a minute later a good attacking move ended with Ryan Auger lifting a lovely ball over a defender and into the path of the overlapping Ashley White.
The Histon defender lobbed the ball deftly over the keeper to double the lead.
The Eagles started the second half strongly and were rewarded a couple of minutes in. Jake Knight sent a huge goal-kick forward and Joel Norris muscled his way into position to beat Gerrar and make it 2-1.
Soon afterwards, Histon made a raft of changes and it took a few minutes for the side to settle down and find their rhythm.
Find their rhythm they did, though, and on 65 minutes the Stutes restored their two-goal cushion when Lee Smith artfully volleyed home York’s cross from 10 yards, giving the home keeper little chance.
Five minutes later and it was 4-1. The impressive Luca Dusi spotted Jordan Nicholson in space on the left edge of the penalty area and angled a superb ball over the defender and into Nicholson’s path.
The impressive debutante didn’t hesitate, volleying powerfully across the keeper and into the far corner for his first goal in a Histon shirt.
To their credit, Bedford kept plugging away and pulled a goal back with five minutes left on the clock. The Histon defence dallied in trying to clear a cross and were made to pay when a Bedford forward ran with the ball back into the area, drawing a clumsy foul from Luca Dusi.
Russell Bull made no mistake with the resulting penalty to lash home the spot-kick and finish the scoring.