Big Free Bet

IDNet - Leased Lines, Broadband & Telecoms - IDNet Studio. Bridge House, 30A Bridge Street, Hitchin. Herts SG5 2DF. Tel: +44 (0) 1462 659 350.

FPM Facilities Services Ltd - 35-37 Hastings Street, Luton, LU1 5BE. Tel: 01582 484020

MasterCars - Quality New, Nearly New & Used Vehicles in Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire. 1-2 Bunyan Rd, Hitchin, Hertfordshire SG5 1NL. Phone 01462 457645

Consilium Financial Planning - 18-19 Woodside House, Walsworth Rd, Hitchin SG4 9SP. Phone: 01462 421775

From windows to conservatories, Barry Bolton Windows is the local specialist for Beds, Bucks & Herts. From our free quotes to our high quality service, backed by our 10 year insurance warranty, we've got what you need. Tel: 01582 484 600

Swinton Insurance - 16 Brand Street, Hitchin. Phone: 01462 436253

Ridgeons Timber & Builders Merchants - Hitchin Branch

At lionshome.co.uk, you can conveniently find new design ideas for your home, inspirations for garden design, DIY ideas and much more.

Specialists in SAP Data & Document Archiving

Screenbond - Manufacturers of  PCB's

More than just transport ...

Peak Fitness Gym

Richard Taylor Travel - Coach suppliers to Hitchin Town FC.

Kick It Out Campaign - click the image to visit the website

Hitchin Town 4 Margate 3

Saturday, October 13 2007

Hitchin have had some memorable FA Cup ties over the years and this game will rank among the most dramatic in the club's history.

Regardless of the quality, this was a truly exciting cup tie that toyed with the emotions of the fans of both sides. After 56 minutes, the game looked won for Hitchin, but 11 minutes later, a replay looked on the cards. But the Canaries conjured up a fourth goal to clinch victory.

"Not bad for a team that canít score goals," said Hitchin manager Darren Salton, pointing to nine goals in their last two cup ties. As if to underline Hitchinís current plight, three of their four goals came from defenders and one from midfield.

Not that anyone was too worried about that, for the entertainment on offer was really quite superb. Hitchin started confidently, really fired up for the contest, and it was not surprise when Mark Ducket gave them a 20th minute lead. Earlier, Ducket had gone close with two headers. This time, he finished crisply after Tyron Sealey had run down the flank and passed to the waiting Ducket.

Hitchin were pushed back just before the interval and for a while, Margate looked like they might score. Ricky Perks pulled off three excellent saves from Jimmy Jackson and Charley Side. And right on half-time, Rob Haworth struck the crossbar with Perks beaten.

The game was poised for an exciting second half and it did not disappoint. In the 46th minute, Hitchin extended their lead with a goal to savour. Shane Hill, who had one of his best games for the Canaries, teed up Ryan Frater and the Hitchin skipper drove home powerfully from 35 yards.

Ten minutes later, Hitchin netted a third goal, catching the Margate defence napping. Carl Williams sent a well-weighted ball to the far post and Lance Gentle-King finished with ease.

Three goals up, the game looked well and truly won, but just as they had in the previous round, Margate staged a dramatic recovery, thanks to a change in formation.

Haworth, who had enjoyed a battle royal with Frater all afternoon, scored the first goal on the hour after a defensive slip. It looked no more than a consolation, buit five minutes later, James Pinnock headed home at the near post from a Side cross. Two minutes on, and Pinnock scored again, shooting into the net from just inside the area.

Margate were level for only two minutes, however, as in the 69th minute, Gentle-King scored his second of the game and third of the FA Cup campaign after Sealey had run menacingly into the penalty area.

There was not way back this time and Margateís frustration was compounded in the last minute when Steve McKimm was sent off.

Hitchin duly celebrated at the final whistle - the FA Cup has provided plenty of excitement this season for the Canaries and may still yield more thrills and spills, but this game will be talked about for many years.

Hitchin: Perks, Deeney, Mountford, Frater, Gentle-King, Williams, Sealey, Hill, Stevenson (Pringle 74), Mills, Ducket (James 67)

Margate: Chalmers-Stevens, Morris (Carder-Andrews 77), Smith, Side, Young, Trott, McKimm, Saunders, Pinnock, Haworth, Jackson

Attendance: 325

Referee: W.Norcott

Tickets & Merchandise

Click image to puchase Match Day Tickets and Club Merchandise.

Click image to see information about the Cheese & Cider Festival.

Click image to puchase Tales Of The Town.

Fans Forum

Click image to visit the Fans Forum.

Follow us on Twitter @HitchinTownFC. Click image to visit the site.

Hitchin Town FC on Facebook - Click image to connect.

Hitchin Town FC on Google+ - Click image to connect.

Hitchin Town Instagram Account - Click image to visit the site.

Hitchin Town Photographs by Peter Else- Click image to visit the site.

HitchinTV, Hitchin Videos, Hitchin Shops, Hitchin video directory

AboutMyArea - The Community Website for Hitchin and the Villages

Local news, sport, music, arts, homes for sale, homes to let, cars for sale, jobs, competitions and much, much more!.

Game Of The People - Click image to visit the site.

Hall Hire

Function Hall Hire for all occasions. Click the image for further information.

The Arena

The Arena, Baldock. Click image to visit the Arena website and find out more.

Physio Clinic

Hitchin Town Sports Injury & Chiropractic Clinic.   Click image to find out more details.

Search The Site