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Bedford Town 3 Hitchin Town 2 (after extra time ft: 2-2)

Tuesday, November 20 2012

He’s tall, direct and enthusiastic, so that’s good enough for the Canaries.

That was the view of young Olly Taylor after an impressive first 90 minutes in a Hitchin shirt, an evening that yielded two goals for the Wycombe Wanderers striker who is on loan at the club for six weeks.

Taylor scored two fine goals, but the Canaries ran out of steam and were beaten in extra time by Bedford on a  dreadful night.

The Red Insure Cup doesn’t figure on anyone’s shopping list at the start of the season, but it represents a realistic chance to pick up some silverware. Hitchin has the early chances in the game, with Luke Gregson going close twice with shots from around the edge of the area that went just wide.

In the 40th minute, Taylor shot low just inside Ian Brown’s goal to put the Canaries ahead.

Martin Bennett had to pull off two fine saves at the start of the second half but he couldn’t prevent Bedford from equalizing in the 68th minute through Will Green. Bedford then had something of a purple patch, with Jamie Grimes striking the woodwork.

But Hitchin went ahead again in the 75th minute, Taylor sending a textbook header from Liam McGovern’s cross into the net. Within a minute, Bedford’s Ashley Fuller sent a superb free kick into the top corner of Bennett’s goal to restore parity.

Into extra time, Bedford had the edge as Hitchin tired. Marc Leach brought down Jamaine Ivy in the area, receiving a red card and conceding a 115th minute penalty. Fuller stepped up to score and secure Bedford’s place in the last 16 of the competition.



Statistics

Bedford Town (0)3 Hitchin Town (1)2 after extra time
0-1 Taylor 40 mins
1-1 Green 68 mins
1-2 Taylor 75 mins
2-2 Fuller 76 mins
3-2 Fuller-pen 116 mins

Attendance: 125

Bedford: Brown, Wilkinson, Kinniburgh, Libertucci, Guiney, Grimes, Bell (Built 95), Lewis, Beasant (Ivy 81), Green (Cooper 100), Fuller
Subs not used: Simpson, Pinney

Hitchin: Bennett, Fontenelle, Bickerstaff, Webb, Leach, C.Stewart (Beckett 78), Donnelly (King 61), Gregson, Taylor, Frendo, McGovern (Delderfield 90)
Subs not used: Lee

Referee: R.Smith
Assistants: N.Stobbs & A.Bent



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