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Marlow 1 Hitchin Town 1

Saturday, February 19 2011

The nerves are starting to show – on and off the pitch – and Hitchin are beginning to feel Arlesey Town’s breath on the back of their necks. While the Canaries were struggling to a 1-1 draw at Marlow, their local rivals were improving their goal difference by a dozen. Valium or Prozac may be on Carl Williams’ shopping list in the next week or two.

Action at MarlowHitchin have around three weeks to rediscover their composure – that’s when they lock horns with an Arlesey side that has been reinforced considerably. They will certainly need to avoid more lack-lustre performances like this one, but Marlow deserve credit for their own display.

The first half at the Alfred Davis Ground was instantly forgettable. Marlow’s Aaron Couch – a stand-out player on a mediocre afternoon – almost netted early on with a shot across goal. But Hitchin went closest in the 34th minute when Richard Howell received the ball from Callum Donnelly, turned and sent a shot against the post.

Hitchin had to regroup just before the break when Danny Payne – a last minute replacement for Tom Pepper, who was hurt in the warm-up – went off injured. Donnelly switched to full back and Luke Gregson came on.

Marlow took the lead five minutes into the restart. Adam Dickens’ through ball found Couch and he finished crisply from the edge of the area.

It might have been worse for Hitchin on the hour when Dean Gilbert cleared off the line from Nathan Ashton.

Hitchin created very little all game. Williams threw on new signing Jordan Patrick in the 77th minute and within three minutes, Hitchin were level. Zak Burke cut inside, in trademark fashion, and shot home past the unsighted Michael Watkins.

There was little else to write home about, in fact the main talking point in the post-match inquest was the 12 goals at Arlesey. Hitchin are still in the driving seat, but they are starting to cast anxious eyes a mile or two up the road!

Statistics

Marlow (0)1 Hitchin Town (0)1

Couch 50     Burke 80


Attendance: 181
Referee: S.Rea

Marlow

Hitchin Town
Michael Watkins
1
Martin Bennett
Jon Case
2
Tony Fontenelle
Ben Hudell
3
Danny Payne (*45 Luke Gregson)
Nathan Ashton (*67 Marcus Mealing)
4
Dean Gilbert
Mark Avery (y 70)
5
John Wordsworth
Gavin Lane
6
Louis Lee
Johnny Isaac (y 86)
7
Richard Howell (*77 Jordan Patrick)
Adam Dickens
8
Callum Donnelly
Daniel Stone
9
Zak Burke
Jermaine Roche
10
Jamie Arlick
Aaron Couch
11
Ieuan Lewis
Marcus Mealing (*67)
s
Luke Gregson (*45)
Steve Croxford
s
Jordan Patrick (*77)
Tom Willment
s
Carl Williams
John Mbamarah
s
Jack Nelly
Darren Rockell
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