EVO-STIK LEAGUE SOUTH

Big Free Bet

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

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

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 2 Banbury United 0

Saturday, March 28 2009

Action from Hitchin v Banbury- photo by Geoff TomassonTwo outstanding second half goals set the Canaries on their way to a victory that may be the one that convinces people that the great escape from relegation is well and truly on.

Hitchin are now three points clear of the bottom four, a position at least four clubs would give anything for in the BGB Premier Division. At the same time, the victory over similarly struggling Banbury may well have consigned the Oxfordshire side to the drop - they have far less game in which to turn things around.

If Paul Olima had taken his two early chances, then the Canaries would not have had to wait until the second period for their match-winning goals. Olima saw one shot deflected and a header sail wide as Hitchin tried to gain a quick advantage. But if goalkeeper Martin Bennett had not been on his best form, Banbury might have taken the lead. Bennett pulled off an acrobatic save from a George Redknap shot and then showed his diversity by blocking efforts from David Stone and Jon Gardner.

Just before the break, Jeff Hammond, who had an uncharacteristically quiet game, had the opportunity to break the deadlock when he beat Banbury keeper Joe Murrill to the ball and, leaving him on the by-line, honed in on goal, only for veteran striker Howard Forinton to rob him as he was about to shoot.

The other side of the interval, Banbury thought they had taken the lead when Ollie Stanbridge headed home from close range, but the assistant referee’s flag was already flapping wildly to indicate offside, much to the disgust of a small, if noisy, band of Banbury fans.

The turning point came in the 67th minute when Banbury defender Ben Milner was red-carded after stopping an in-full-flight Ieuan Lewis. Banbury received double punishment when Hitchin substitute Liam George flighted a superb free kick into the net.

If that wasn’t a big enough blow to the visitors, Hitchin scored another goal within 60 seconds and it was a substitute who did the damage once more. Almost from the kick off, Mark Barnes received the ball and despite a challenge, sent a 30 yarder drive past Murrill.

Banbury were finished - in the second half they rarely looked capable of challenging that lead and Hitchin might have added more, notably when Murrill’s clearance rebounded off Barnes and rolled wide of the goal.

There are still eight games to go, and there could be more twists in the plot, but Hitchin are in a far better position than they were four games ago. Can they do it? The smart money says they can…

Hitchin Town (0)2 Banbury United (0)0

Hitchin: Bennett, Rose, Pepper, Munday, Olima, Williams, Lewis, Stupple (E’Beyer 65), Hammond, Shittu (M.Barnes h/t), Boateng (George h/t)

Scorers: George 68, M.Barnes 69

Banbury: Murrill, Stringfellow, Stanbridge, Milner, Bennett, Redknap, Bridges (Travers 81), Forinton, Stone, Gordon, Gardner (Hainsley 69)

Attendance: 314

Referee: A.Degarin



Tickets & Merchandise

Click image to puchase Match Day Tickets and Club Merchandise.

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