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Hitchin Town
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B Donnelly (18', 33'), T Charles (78', 87')
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Match Report, Stats and Photographs Hitchin Town 4 v 0 Stratford Town

Town suffer FA Cup hangover at Hitchin

Reporter Kevin Hand, Photographs Granty, Stats Rod Abrahams
Match Report: Hitchin Town v Stratford Saturday 10 October 3.00pm Evo-Stik Southern Premier League

Hitchin 4 Stratford 0 (2-0) half time

You somehow felt this was always going to be a difficult game for Town following the heroics of the weekend and Tuesday in the Emirates FA Cup. The mood was subdued on the coach going to the game and the last ‘party balloons’ were well and truly burst well before 90 minutes were up.

Hitchin Town Away
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The statistics sum it up – just 3 shots for Town in 90 minutes and not one on target. Hitchin’s keeper, Michael Johnson, can never have had an easier game.

Town lined up with Hancocks replacing the unavailable Thomas and Evans replacing the injured Summerfield.. The opening exchanges were dull with nothing to report after 10 minutes. It was then that Hitchin began to dominate play. The lively McNamara broke down the left and Donnelly’s shot was deflected for a corner. Jack Green then made significant progress towards the Town goal before a wild miskick brought relief.

Town’s sole response was a half-hearted penalty appeal when Stephens fed Luckie in the Hitchin area and the ever-willing Town striker went down under a clumsy challenge. That was 16 minutes and 2 minutes later Town went a goal down when the veteran Brett Donnelly powered in the simplest of headers from a right wing cross.

From then on it was one-way traffic with the forwards of Town unable to hang on to the ball and the mid-field out-muscled, out-thought and over run. The inevitable second goal followed in the 33rd minute when Brett Donnelly turned Recci far too easily and fired home from the edge of the area.

There was more of the same in the second half. Almost immediately Donnelly sprinted clear of the Town defence and saw his shot turned onto the bar by Connor before a scrambled clearance averted the danger. Jonny McNamara continued to torment the Town defence and it seemed ‘blessed relief’ when he was substituted on 73 minutes. By this time Eli Bako had replaced Stephens and Taylor had replaced Fry. But there was a new tormentor in the wings and on the wing.

Trey Charles caused havoc down the right, first ‘skinning’ Bako, before bearing down on goal and Charles’s cross shot was scrambled home by Connor Vincent from close range. Charles then turned his attention to Hancocks who was ‘yellow carded’ for pulling back before Charles left the whole Town defence in his wake, knocking in a rebound after Connor failed to hold his first shot.

Town now has a run of home fixtures including next Saturday 14 October when a win against Dunstable is surely a priority. Disheartening as the performance was, it has to be seen in the context that just 7 days earlier we were within 2 minutes of making the 4th provisional round of the FA Cup. We were history boys then and one bad result doesn’t make this a poor team. Injuries, suspensions and non-availability has hampered our progress but there’ll be more to come from a talented squad under a visionary manager.

Match Stats by Rod Abrahams

   

  Town    Hitchin
           3Goal Attempts           8
           0On Target          6
           0Blocked Shots          0
           0Hit Woodwork          1
           2Corners Won          3
        10Crosses into Box          7
          9Fouls Conceded          9
          2Off Side         0
         1Yellow Cards         0
         0Red Cards         0
Town Yellow Cards       –       Hancocks
Hitchin Yellow Cards    –      None


Key moments

18:00
Goal Brett Donnelly scores for Hitchin Town
33:00
Goal Brett Donnelly scores for Hitchin Town
78:00
Goal Trey Charles scores for Hitchin Town
87:00
Goal Trey Charles scores for Hitchin Town

Videos and photos

Hitchin Town Away
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Hitchin Town Away

Highlights

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87:00 Goal 4 - 0
Trey Charles scores for Hitchin Town
80:00 Yellow Card
Jamie Hancocks is yellow carded for Stratford Town
78:00 Goal 3 - 0
Trey Charles scores for Hitchin Town
62:00 Sub Off
James Fry is substituted off for Stratford Town
62:00 Sub On
Michael Taylor is substituted on for Stratford Town
55:00 Sub Off
Ben Stephens is substituted off for Stratford Town
55:00 Sub On
Eli Bako is substituted on for Stratford Town
End of period 1
33:00 Goal 2 - 0
Brett Donnelly scores for Hitchin Town
18:00 Goal 1 - 0
Brett Donnelly scores for Hitchin Town
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • Hitchin Town
  • Stratford Town
  • 0
  • Brett Donnelly Goal 18:00'
  • Brett Donnelly Goal 33:00'
  • Ben Stephens Sub Off 55:00'
  • Eli Bako Sub On 55:00'
  • James Fry Sub Off 62:00'
  • Michael Taylor Sub On 62:00'
  • Trey Charles Goal 78:00'
  • Jamie Hancocks Yellow Card 80:00'
  • Trey Charles Goal 87:00'

Team selection

Connor, Louis Connor, Louis
Francis, Liam Francis, Liam
Gallinagh, Andy Gallinagh, Andy
Recci, Loyiso Recci, Loyiso
Evans, Charlie Evans, Charlie
Hancocks, Jamie Hancocks, Jamie
Marsden, Justin Marsden, Justin
Grocott, Will Grocott, Will
Fry, James Fry, James
Luckie, Jaz Luckie, Jaz
Stephens, Ben Stephens, Ben
Hitchin Town
  • 1. Michael Johnson
  • 2. Kavan Cotter
  • 3. Ben Walster
  • 4. Lucas Kirkpatrick
  • 5. Dan Webb
  • 6. Josh Bickerstaff
  • 7. Jack Green
  • 8. Charlie Smith
  • 9. Brett Donnelly
  • 10. Elliot Bailey
  • 11. Jonny McNamara
  • 12. Connor Vincent
  • 13. Martin Bennett
  • 14. Trey Charles
  • 15. Lewis Rolfe
  • 16. Kieran McCaffrey

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League table

# Team Pl Pts
13. Biggleswade Town 23 32
14. Royston Town 19 30
15. Stratford Town 22 30
16. Merthyr Town 23 27
17. Bishop's Stortford 23 26
18. Farnborough 22 25
19. Basingstoke Town 21 24

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