Hitchin Town FC News Bulletin
|Author: Neil Jensen||Published: 20th March 2012 17:25|
- Saturday March 24 - Cirencester Town v Hitchin Town 3pm
- Monday March 26 - Hitchin Town v AFC Totton 7.45pm
Canaries to host Ladies Day
Hitchin Town is hosting its third annual Ladies Day on Saturday March 31, the day the Canaries host Redditch United at Top Field.
All female supporters will be admitted free of charge, as in previous years.
There will also be a free draw for ladies with some interesting prizes.
The club is hoping to have some special guests at the game - more details to follow.
Match report: Chippenham Town 0 Hitchin Town 1
What a crucial win! The Canaries, beaten last week by a struggling team, a result that sent the nerves jangling once more, bounced back with a vital 1-0 success at Chippenham. Hitchin had to reshuffle their pack with
defender Lawrie pulling out due to a family illness. Marc Leach returned to the team and Zak Burke filled a striker's role after the departure of Inih Effiong. The game came to life in the closing minutes of the first half.
Both sides had carved out half chances in the opening half hour and although Rob Stearn and Nathan Rudge both went close for Chippenham, the Canaries looked comfortable in defence. Zak Burke tried a lob in the 42nd
minute but the ball went wide, but in added time, Chippenham were awarded a penalty for a Luke Gregson handball. Alan Griffin took the kick and sent his spot kick wide of Martin Bennett's right hand post. Chippenham had the upper hand in the opening minutes of the second half and but for a superb goal-line clearance from Tom Pepper, the home side's Stearn would have scored. At the other end, though, Hitchin new boy Aaron Morgan almost opened his account with the club when he shot over the bar. The Canaries took the lead on 64 minutes, Callum Donnelly sent in an inch-perfect cross from the left and John Frendo finished from 15 yards at the far post.
Frendo could have added to Hitchin's lead on 72 minutes when he was presented with a chance in front of goal. Chippenham goalkeeper Tommy Smith made a mess of trying to control a back-pass and the ball rolled to Frendo, but his shot was wide of the mark. Chippenham were unable to trouble the Hitchin defence and amid their frustration, full back Mani Randhawa was red-carded for a foul on Pepper. In fact, Frendo may have made things worse for Chippenham if he took advantage of two late chances. But not for the first time this season, Hitchin's leading scorer was one of the heroes of the day.
Chippenham: Smith, Randhawa, Gullick, Harvey, Casey, Rudge, Lye, Stearn, Gilroy (Wickens 70), Griffin, Guthrie Subs not used: Osman, Kite, Tindle, Williams
Hitchin: Bennett, Fontenelle, Pepper, Leach, Gilbert, Donnelly, Lewis, Gregson, Burke, Frendo, Morgan Subs not used: Williams, Pedrycz, Edgerley, King
Canaries travel to Cirencester
Hitchin travel West again next weekend when they face relegation threatened Cirencester at the Corinium Stadium.
Cirencester are seven point clear at the bottom of the table and have won just twice at home all season. Leamington and Redditch are the only sides to lose at the Corinium. They have lost four of their last five games.
Manager Brian Hughes has a thin squad and have recently fielded relatively untried players. Cirencester have been beaten by Arlesey, Leamington and Weymouth in their last three games. This has cast them adrift at the bottom and way off the safety mark.
Hitchin know that they can go a step nearer safety by winning at Cirencester, but the home side will be fighting hard for their Premier Division lives.