Consett face long trip to Cambridge to play Histon FC for place in Northern Premier League

Cambridge club Histon FC stand between Consett and a first-ever promotion to the Northern Premier League.

They finished third-bottom (18th) of the Northern Premier League Midlands Division and face a play-off for the right to remain at Step 4 next season.

They face Northern League runners-up Consett in an inter-step play-off, in a one-off game for the right to compete in the NPL next season.

The game will take place at Histon’s ground, Bridge Road, Impington, Cambridge (CB24 9PH) at 3pm on Saturday, 30 April.

Consett will be running a supporters’ coach to the game, details of which will be confirmed in the next 24 hours.

Histon finished their regular playing season with a record of PL38 W5 D9 L24 F37 A91 Pts 24.

Only two of those wins came at home, and they drew seven home games, losing the other 12.

The 2021-22 season was Histon’s first in the NPL, after they were moved from the Isthmian League. They had previously played in the Eastern Counties League, Southern League and the Conference top flight, as well as both its North and South divisions!

2008-09 was the best season in Histon’s history, finishing third in the Conference (now the National League), only to lose a two-legged play-off semi-final 2-1 to Torquay United.

The same season also saw them reach the FA Cup 3rd Round, where they were narrowly beaten by Championship club Swansea City after knocking out Swindon Town and Leeds United.

Consett and Histon have never met in any competition, but there is one tenuous link between the clubs: goalkeeper David Knight, pictured below, who made two appearances for us in 2017-18, also had a spell at Histon, playing a dozen games for them in 2010 after being released by Darlington.

Gary Welford