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2005-06: At long last, a prize

 Hitchin went into the 2005-06 season with high hopes. In the summer of 2005, manager Darren Salton had worked hard to bring some new players to the club in order to improve upon what was a poor 2004-05.

It had also been a notable close-season for the fans of the club. A Supporters Trust had been established and the response from Top Field regulars had been overwhelming.

By the end of the campaign, the fans had something to sing about – the most notable piece of silverware since the London Senior Cup was lifted in 1970.

New faces in the dressing room included Thomas Hayes, a long-haired striker from Dunstable who had scored a hat-trick against the club in the previous season, a robust midfielder in Jon Mills, and local midfielder Stuart Lochhead. Daniel French, a mercurial winger, arrived on the eve of the first game.

The season started in a downpour at Halesowen, but a 1-1 draw was seen as a good day’s work. Hayes got off the mark with a hat-trick in a 4-2 win against Northwood and further good results were gained against Team Bath and Grantham. Hitchin were unbeaten in four games before losing at Rugby.

The FA Cup run ended at Cambridge City in the third qualifying round and the club’s FA Trophy hopes were dashed by former striker Chris Dillon, who netted both of Bedford’s goals in a 2-1 win at Top Field.

League form continued to be patchy into the New Year, but useful results aganst Halesowen (1-0), Banbury (2-2), Bedford (2-0) and Merthyr (2-1) kept the pressure off. Hitchin had the benefit of a striker on top form in Josh Sozzo, who went on to score 31 goals by the end of the season.

Sozzo was one of the main reasons that Hitchin worked their way through to the semi-finals of the Errea (Southern League) Cup. In the early rounds, scrappy wins were achieved against Dunstable and Marlow. Then Ashford Town (Middx) were beaten away 4-1. In the quarter-final, Sozzo hit four as Hitchin thrashed Cirencester 7-0 on their own ground. The wayward Sozzo scored twice as the Canaries won the semi-final 2-0 against Bedford, one of his former clubs.

Hitchin’s opponents in the final were Bromsgrove and a Sozzo penalty gave the Canaries a 1-0 first leg lead to take to the Midlands. He scored again (pictured above), along with Gavin Jaggard, to win the second game 2-1 and clinch the cup by a 3-1 aggregate.

In between the two games, Hitchin’s Premier Division place had been secured for 2006-07. The league season ended with an entertaining 3-2 win against Tiverton, a game in which Sozzo claimed his 31st goal.

The Canaries finished 14th, comfortably above the relegation zone, and picked up a nice piece of objet d’art on the way.  It not been a bad season and the feeling was that a team that had been strengthened in the second half of 2005-06 had much more to offer in 2006-07. It didn't quite work out like that...

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