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Barwell 2 Hitchin Town 1

Saturday, April 7 2012

There was a definite end of season feeling at the Kirkby Road Sports Ground. A tame 90 minutes ended with the home side just edging the game, won by an 80th minute goal.


7- Towers nets the first Barwell goal 1-0

45- Frendo levels from close range 1-1
80- Weale makes it 2-1

Weather: Cold, damp

Pitch: Bumpy

Attendance: 150

One Hitchin wag commented that a photographer from North Herts was perched behind the goal that the Canaries were defending, perhaps confused that the team in yellow and green were in fact the homesters.

Hitchin certainly didnít look like the team that rolled over Brackley, drew with Totton and beat Chippenham. And in a hotch-potch kit of Green, Silver and Black, Ė note to the club: second choice should not resemble first choice Ė Hitchin looked out-of-sorts for long periods.

Barwell dominated the early minutes of the game with the impressive Jamie Towers opening the scoring after just seven minutes. To be fair to the home side, they could have been three-goals ahead by the quarter of an hour mark.

It wasnít until first half added time that Hitchin made their mark. A neat backheel by Luke Gregson set up John Frendo and his tame shot rolled into the net.

Martin Bennett, playing his 200th game, kept Hitchin in the contest just after the interval, pulling off two good saves, from Towers and Tom Weale. But the Canaries came back well in the second period and although chances were scarce, the threat of better things was present for much of the half.

The Hitchin fans caught in the safety net behind the goal, resembling big game fish caught up in industrialised fishing, didnít have a lot to cheer.

Bennett was at his best again when he denied Kevin Charley, who should have made more of his chance.

Ten minutes from time, Barwell grabbed the winning goal, a daisy-cutter of a cross by Scot Lower and Weale turned the ball home.† Charley had another chance to extend that lead, but he was generous to the Hitchin defence.

The teams

Barwell: Castle, Lower, Sanders, Baines, Rowley, Stanley (Scheppel 81), Towers (Oddy 90), Hadland, Weale, Charley, (Saunders 90), Julien

Subs not used: West, Anastasi

Hitchin: Bennett, Pepper, Leach, Stewart, Gilbert, Donnelly, Fontenelle (Morgan 81), Gregson (Lee 59), Burke, Frendo, Lewis (Edgerley 81)
Subs not used: Williams, Pedrycz

Referee: A.Fielding

Assistants: N.Evans and E.Turner

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