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Hitchin Town 0 Barwell 0

Saturday, November 26 2011

Two successive goalless draws represent some sort of progress for the Canaries, but although they have kept two clean sheets, they have rarely looked like scoring in the past two league games.

8- Louis Lee’s header is saved by Castle

16- Bains misses from six yards
71- Lee is sent off
86- Charley missed with a first time shot

Weather: Cold, windy, dry

Pitch: Slightly bumpy

Attendance: 340

 Hitchin and Barwell may have failed  to find the net in this particular game, but this was a lively goalless draw with plenty of action.

In the opening period, Hitchin almost scored when Louis Lee’s header was well saved by Liam Castle and a second attempt was cleared off the line by Scott Hadland.

Barwell went close in the 16th minute when Rikki Bains met a Jai Stanley free kick and toe-poked past the post from six yards.

Hitchin's Zak Burke should have scored when he ran onto a Callum Donnelly through ball, only for Castle to bravely block his effort.

Canaries keeper Martin Bennett was called to action after the restart when he dashed out of goal to meet Barwell striker Jamie Towers who was struggling to connect with a pass from Pete Saunders.

Midway through the second half, Hitchin stepped up the pressure and carved out a series of chances. Tony Fontenelle had two efforts, one that rolled wide after good work by Luke Gregson and another when he cut inside and shot into the arms of Castle.

But the home side received a blow to their hopes when Louis Lee was sent off after receiving his second yellow card of the game on 71 minutes. Most people were left scratching their head why Lee had been dismissed, but the rumour mill suggested a raised arm in retaliation did the trick.

Despite being down to 10 men, Hitchin continued to have the upper hand and Burke had two opportunities that were both stopped by Castle.

Barwell almost snatched victory four minutes from time, Kev Charley's first time shot just clearing the Hitchin goal. That would have been rough justice.

The teams

Hitchin: Bennett, Fontenelle, Pepper, Stewart, Gilbert, Leach, Donnelly, Lee, Gregson, Lewis, Burke Subs not used: Edgerley, Williams, Rowland, Pedrycz

Castle, Saunders (Lower 61), Sanders, Rowley (Daly 69), Bains, Stanley (Julien 69), Towers Hadland, Barlone, Charley, Green Subs not used: Rickards

Referee: J.Scott
Assistants: T.Donnellan & D.Aylott

Attendance: 340

Photo: Martin Annetts

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