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Bideford 3 Hitchin Town 2

Saturday, November 3 2012

Hitchin seem to have settled into a pattern of making hard work for themselves after going down to the odd goal in five against struggling Bideford, their sixth defeat in seven league games.

Hitchin were hit by a two-goal salvo inside the first five minutes and for the second week running, had to retrieve a significant deficit. 


Bideford scored in the third minute with their first attack of the game, a nice move ending with Nick Barker shooting home. Within two minutes, they scored again, Sean Downing running through the middle and finishing superbly.

If Bideford had won their penalty appeal shortly afterwards, there would have been no way back for the Canaries. Conversely, Zak Burke could have reduced the arrears when his one-on-one was unproductive.


In the 20th minute, however, a Hitchin penalty sparked a comeback. Bideford’s Rob Farkins handballed in the area and John Frendo continued his rich vein of scoring by netting from the spot.

A minute later, Frendo went on a typical run and saw his shot parried by Paul Hider, only for Zak Burke to fire high into the net. That signalled the start of Hitchin’s best spell. Three chances came the Canaries’ way, with Frendo, Daniel Delderfield and Kyle Lincoln all going close.

But Hitchin failed to build on their comeback and lost their way again in the second period. Martin Bennett earned his keep, savingfrom Downing, Dominic Rivans and Kevin Squire.

Hitchin’s only opportunity of note fell to Frendo but his shot was deflected wide.

In the 80th minute, Bennett pulled off a fine save from Matt Bye, but as the Bideford striker went in search of the rebound, he was felled in the area by Tony Fontenelle. Matt Hockley scored with the spot-kick to put Bideford in front again.

There was no comeback for Hitchin. The problem of long distance fixtures? A long journey to contemplate what might have been!



Statistics


Bideford (2)3 Hitchin Town (2)2


1-0 Barker 3 mins

2-0 Downing 5 mins

2-1 Frendo - pen 20 mins

2-2 Burke 21 mins
3-2 Hockley – pen 81 mins



Attendance: 198



Bideford:
Hider, Barker, Clifford (Vassell 62), Downing, Farkins, Rivans, Hockley, Bye, Squire, Sampson, Andrew (Groves 88) Subs not used: Harper-Penman, Richards, Richard



Hitchin: Bennett, Fontenelle, K.Lincoln, L.Stewart, Gilbert, Lee, Delderfield, Beckett (C.Stewart 78), Burke, Frendo, McGovern Subs not used: Webb, Pedrycz, Bickerstaff, Williams



Referee: M.Russell

Assistants: K.Williams, R.Morris



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