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Bashley 0 Hitchin Town 1

Tuesday, December 18 2012

If ever the Canaries needed a good result it was from this game – just after they were humbled at Hemel Hempstead.

In what has been a few days of turmoil for the club, the players responded to that 8-2 defeat with an industrious and battling performance that took them out of the bottom two.

And once again, it was John Frendo who was the matchwinner. He scored the only goal at Bashley and underlined his enormous value to Hitchin Town.

Frendo’s goal came after just four minutes, meaning the handful of Hitchin fans that made the trip to Hampshire had a nerve-wracking evening.

Bashley keeper Stuart Moore must take his share of the blame for the goal. He spilled the ball in front of Frendo and although the Canaries’ striker had to keep his feet as he went round two defenders, he managed to shoot over the line.

Martin Bennett had to be at his best to stop a shot from Rob Gradwell, but it was Hitchin that almost extended their lead when Callum Donnelly broke clear but saw his shot sail wide.

Bashley gave the Hitchin defence some anxious moments before the break and into the second half, Josh Casey and Gradwell both going close. In the 58th minute, Gradwell was denied by an excellent goalline headed clearance by Liam McGovern.

A Marc Leach free kick went inches wide of Moore’s goal after Donnelly had been brought down in full flow, and six minutes from time, Zak Burke, ran through and shot weakly at Moore in a one-on-one situation.

In the 87th minute, Donnelly was fouled in the area and Frendo had the chance to score from the penalty spot. His effort went wide of the post.

So the new regime in the dugout got off to a good start. Messrs Williams, Payne and Burke will be hoping for a similar outcome at Redditch on Saturday.

Attendance: 92

Bashley: Moore, Wheeler (Knight 34), Oliver, Stephenson, Middleton, Richardson (Strickland 83), Casey, Gradwell, Stokoe, Gamble, Jenkinson (Hill 72)  Unused subs: Green, Foster

Hitchin: Bennett, Webb, McGovern, L Stewart, Leach, Lee (Beckett 76), Delderfield, Gregson, Burke, Frendo, Donnelly Unused subs: Fontenelle, C Stewart, Bickerstaff, Davis

Referee: S.Ogles
Assistants: S.Baker & R.Burton


Bashley (0)0 Hitchin Town (1)1
0-1 Frendo 4 mins

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