The Canaries and the Magpies both failed to get airborne in this end of season game that had endeavour but lacked finesse. The nearest that both sides came to breaking the deadlock was when efforts were cleared off the line while Josh Mollison – starting only his third game – handled confidently as Dorchester tried to repeat their win of last season.
The visitor’s lively front line looked to get past Hitchin’s back four but the defence held firm with timely recovering challenges, Hitchin’s best chance came on 12 minutes when Dan Webb met a deep cross from Robbie Burns. His header was goalbound but cleared off the line by a Dorchester defender.
Ashley Pope and Aaron Rodriguez again came close for Dorchester before Matt Spring’s low cross for Hitchin whistled through to Trey Charles at the far post. He dived to meet the ball but could not get direction on the ball. Rodriguez then pounced on a mixup between Spring and Webb but again shot wide.
Toby Syme replaced Webb after the break, with Byrne moving to central defence, as the visitors continued to threaten. Mollison turning over one speculative effort while Rodriguez failed to make the best of a chance created by Pope.
Trey Charles shot just wide while Jonny McNamara ran from deep but Weale gathered at his feet. At the other end, Dorchester’s best chance came when Syme cleared an effort from Kyle Egan off the line.
Hitchin had two late half-chances, first as McNamara just failed to meet a curling ball from Burns, and then when substitute Brett Donnelly appeared to be held back in the area only for the decision to be given against him. In truth the protests were not overlong and the game tamely fizzled out.
Hitchin have one last chance to impress the Top Field faithful this season when champions Hereford come to town on Wednesday night.
Hitchin Town – Mollison, Byrne, Olaniran, Spring, Webb, Bickerstaff, Charles, Smith, Vincent, Burn, McNamara; subs – Donnelly (for Vincent), Johnson, Syme (for Webb), Tshikala (for Charles), Da Silva
Dorchester Town – Weale, Egan, Martin, Griggs, Carmichael, Clarke, Rodriguez, Lowes, Pope, Diaz, Panesar-Dower; subs – Blair (for Diaz), Bastick (for Rodriguez), Stafie (for Pope), Brookes
Hitchin Town – Smith
Sponsors MOTM – Josh Mollison