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Bedford Town 1 Hitchin Town 4

Saturday, April 27 2013

The headlines were due to be written by John Frendo, but the shock post-match announcement from manager Carl Williams stole the show from the Canaries phenomenal goalscorer.

Frendo confirmed his status as Hitchin’s latest centurion goalscorer, but the man who brought him to Top Field bowed out on a high after three seasons in charge.

Frendo was superb at Bedford, scoring one of the best hat-tricks you will see at this level of football.

The afternoon had that 42nd game look about it, with a distinct lack of passion. Frendo had a couple of chances and at the other end, Josh Beech struck the woodwork after Martin Bennett saved from Josh Green.

Bennett also stopped Michael Built from scoring when the striker burst through the middle and hit a fierce shot goalwards, only for the Hitchin keeper to tip over the bar.

Hitchin opened the scoring in the 60th minute when Frendo sent a curling free kick past Ian Brown from just outside the area.

Three minutes later, Brown gifted Hitchin a second goal when he dropped a corner and Michael King shot low into the net.

It was late in the game when Frendo came to the fore again, producing two high-class finishes that underlined just how valuable he has been for Hitchin this season.

The first goal, on 80 minutes, came after some nice flowing football from the Canaries, ending with Josh Bickerstaff passing inside and Frendo hitting a first-time shot past the helpless Brown.

The Bedford defence barely had time to take this on board before Frendo did it again, striking an angled half-volley  home from well outside the area after Donnelly’s pass across field had found him.

Bedford pulled a goal back in added time when Steve Kinniburgh shot home a free kick from the edge of the area. It was too little, too late.

Frendo left the field just before the end to a standing ovation. Hitchin fans will be hoping that they have not seen the last of a very rare talent.


Bedford Town (0)1 Hitchin Town (0)4
0-1 Frendo 60 mins

0-2 King 62 mins

0-3 Frendo 80 mins

0-4 Frendo 82 mins
1-4 Kinniburgh 90 mins

Attendance: 432

Bedford: Brown, Wilkinson, Kinniburgh, Lewis, Beech, Green, Built, Libertucci, Peacock, Gyasi, Cooper (Ivy 79)

Hitchin: Bennett, Webb, Bickerstaff, Stewart, Gilbert, Donnelly, Legg (Stanton 67), Noone, King, Frendo (Kirkpatrick 90), McGeorge

Subs not used: Remy, Morrison, Lennon

Referee: W.Linden

Assistants: D.Cohen and M.McDermott

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