Histon goalkeeper Sam Roach hopes there is a lot more to come after making his 200th appearance for the club

Sam Roach made Histon’s historic 200th appearance that weekend.

The goalkeeper started in the youth ranks at Bridge Road before leaving to join Leyton Orient.

He returned to Stutes for a short loan spell in 2016/17, but after being released by Orient he was linked with Mildenhall Town.

Sam Roach recently made his 200th appearance for Heston.  Photo: Mark Hopkin
Sam Roach recently made his 200th appearance for Heston. Photo: Mark Hopkin

However, Roach returned to Histon on a permanent basis in January 2018 and has been almost ever since.

The 23-year-old said: “I really like the club. I was here when I was 11 or 12 and since I’ve been back it’s been amazing.

“I have a good relationship with Lance (Kay, the manager) and there is a really good atmosphere within the club.

“There wasn’t really an option to leave, but that’s because I never brought it up like I wanted to.

“I’m glad I’ve made 200 appearances already, especially since I’m only 23. Hopefully there will be more to come.”

Roach was one of the key players in Histon’s recent run of positive form in the Allsport United Counties League, Southern Premier Division.

They fought back from being two goals down to draw 2-2 at home to Cogenhoe United at the weekend, extending their unbeaten streak to nine matches.

During the streak, Roach kept seven clean sheets to help propel Histon into fifth place, eight points behind the second-placed Coventry Sphinx.

“Everyone is together now,” he added. “We’re good mates in the dressing room and it all flows better.

“At the beginning of the season we were still getting to know each other a little bit and obviously the previous season was difficult.

“But there is a real synergy in the group and we just want to keep going.

“You never know what can happen at this level so we just have to keep collecting points.

“Teams can drop points above us, so if we keep up our performance, you never know what might happen.”

A major factor in Histon’s good run of late has been Roach’s penalty instincts, having saved the last four counted against his team.

“I’m just trying to get into the attacker’s mind and look him in the eye,” he said.

“I never know I’m going to keep him because I’m the underdog and they have the advantage, but I can put pressure on him. My record is really good and I’m confident whenever I face him.”

Histon hosts Eastington Sports on Saturday (18 March).

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