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Hemel Hempstead 8 Hitchin Town 2

Saturday, December 15 2012

How cruel football can be on a team low on confidence. Hitchin went to Hemel Hempstead with low expectations, but the way they were mauled by a rampant home side was painful for everyone with an interest in the club.

Hitchin’s season took a dark and depressing twist at Vauxhall Road – their worst league defeat in over 30 years and only the third time in their history that eight goals have rattled in their net in a league game.

What made matters even worse was that Hemel’s manager is Dean Brennan, who played for the club over the past decade and Matt Nolan, one of the best products of the club’s youth scheme, scored the opening goal. Carl Williams and his charges just didn’t need that.

Hitchin fell behind after 19 minutes when Nolan wasted no time in shooting home after a defensive slip-up let him in. The former Canary almost made it 2-0 when he attempted a chip that sailed just wide a few minutes later. Hemel stretched their lead in the 34th minute when Martin Bennett brought down Ryan O’Toole in the area and Peter Holmes scored from the penalty spot.

Within three minutes of the restart O’Toole made it three with a low shot after the Hitchin defence failed to clear the ball. In the 53rd minute, things got worse as the defence cracked again and Alex Campana netted the fourth goal.

Indecision at the back contributed to Hemel’s fifth on 59 minutes, this time Victor Osobu, a half-time substitute, was the recipient.


Hitchin scored their consolation goal after 65 minutes from the penalty spot – John Frendo netting after Callum Donnelly was upended in the area. But Hemel came straight back and David Pearce hit a superb first-time shot into the top corner to make it 6-1.

In the 71st minute, Pearce cross for Charlie Mpi to score Hemel’s seventh.

Hitchin pulled one back in the 84th minute, Daniel Delderfield racing through and scoring with a low shot. But Hemel had the final say, Mpi running onto a long ball and drilling his shot past Bennett to complete Hitchin’s humiliation.



Statistics



Hemel Hempstead (2) 8 Hitchin Town (0)2


1-0 Nolan 19 mins

2-0 Holmes – pen 34 mins

3-0 O’Toole 48 mins
4-0 Campana 53 mins

5-0 Osobu 59 mins

5-1 Frendo – pen 65 mins

6-1 Pearce 66 mins

7-1 Mpi 71 mins

7-2 Delderfield 84 mins

8-2 Mpi 90 mins



Attendance: 416

Hemel: Beagle, May, Parsons, King, Bruce, Holmes (Talbot 59), Campana, O’Leary, Pearce, Nolan (Osobu h/t), O’Toole (Mpi 69) Subs not used: Ayodele, Osborn

Hitchin: Bennett, Fontenelle, McGovern, L.Stewart, Leach, Lee, Donnelly, Gregson, Burke (Taylor 77), Frendo, Constant (Delderfield 77)
Subs not used: Webb, Beckett, Davis



Referee: O.Sally

Assistants: G.Gray, P.Evans



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