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The Southern Football League

Weekly Bulletin, 28 July

Friday, July 28 2017

FIXTURES

Saturday 29 July  home to Wealdstone friendly  kick off 3.00pm. This is a pay what you want game.

Tuesday 1 August  home to St Albans  Herts Charity Cup kick off 7.45pm. Normal prices will apply as the gate receipts are shared with St Albans and the Herts FA.

CAR PARKING

The issue of car parking continues to attract publicity. I have already explained the situation with NHDC regarding Butts Close and I still hope we can have a meeting with them to reach an amicable outcome.

Hitchin Town FC do benefit financially from our car park being used by outside parties. A decision was made to  try and raise extra income by making use of this asset but I must stress that the majority of this goes straight in to our ground regeneration fund. Top Field requires a great deal of maintenance and we felt it important to find ways to fund this work. The people of Hitchin helped to save Top Field so we need to have money available to ensure the ageing infrastructure survives. The money raised from the car park has been put to good use, especially with regard to underwriting our part of the cost of the new floodlights. So I hope you agree it has been a very good use of our parking facilities to ensure Top Field can be maintained as best as possible. After all no other venue in Hitchin attracts the same number of visitors as Top Field and it is a real community asset.

ATTENDANCES

The attractive pre-season programme has seen excellent attendances at Top Field. So far there have been 5 games and no less than 3,306 spectators have turned out.

Luton           1,332
Stevenage      732
Colchester      105 (there was shocking weather this night!)
Luton             533
Arsenal           604

A good aspect of the friendlies is that we have further strengthened our links with Luton, Stevenage and Arsenal who all enjoyed the Top Field surface and the football we played. Luton in particular were really impressed with the way we were able to put on last week’s game at such short notice.

ARSENAL GAME

It is always a pleasure to host an Arsenal side and Wednesday was again a successful evening. Their players and management were perfect ambassadors for the club and as before were a pleasure to deal with. After the game manager Kwame Ampadu was interviewed by Layth Yousef from the Comet and he made some pleasing comments about Hitchin Town FC. He said "It is a really good pitch and it was a good test for us. Their manager Mark Burke has them trying to play, they are brave, they try to play the right way, they have got good aggression about them which you need. They are a good side and you can see why they were so close to promotion last year."

PLAYER NEWS

The following is the up to date list of players who have signed on:

Elliot Bailey
Kieran Barnes
Josh Bickerstaff
Liam Brooks
James Budden
Reynaldo Carbon
Tremayne Charles
Josh Coley
Brett Donnelly
Callum Donnelly
Jay Dowie
Jack Green
Michael Johnson
Lucas Kirkpatrick
Kieran McCaffrey
Connor Roberts
Lewis Rolfe
Connor Vincent
Dan Webb

Others will follow.

WILL WRIGHT

Unfortunately Norwich chose not to sign Will after his four week trial but he thoroughly enjoyed the experience and has come back to Hitchin with very high fitness levels.

CONNOR ROBERTS

Unfortunately Connor has suffered a broken hand. He will learn more at hospital next week how long he will be out for.

HEMEL HEMPSTEAD v BOREHAM WOOD

Our Hertfordshire neighbours met in a friendly on Monday which saw Boreham Wood win 4-2. Among the goal scorers were Kane Smith for Boreham Wood and Jonny McNamara for Hemel!

It was good to see Kane at the Arsenal game and he is enjoying the full time training and has been playing regularly in their friendlies. He wished Hitchin all the best for the season and was happy to mix with Canary supporters.

Roy Izzard



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