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Hitchin Town 0 Stourbridge 1

Saturday, September 15 2012

Stourbridge? More like sour-bridge as the Canaries slumped to their third consecutive home defeat. On a day when the club just may have attracted a few new fans, Hitchin failed to rise to the occasion, leaving manager Carl Williams frustrated and angry about his team’s lack of consistency.

 But despite a tame performance, the Canaries should have had a point from a game that had 0-0 written all over it. It took a lapse in concentration to win – or rather, lose – the game and it just happened to be Hitchin that lapsed. 

In a dull and uninspiring first half, goalscoring opportunities were at a premium. Daniel Dalderfield had Hitchin’s best chances, firstly forcing Stourbridge goalkeeper Lewis Solly into a fine save and then shooting over the bar after John Frendo laid the ball back in his path. 

Stourbridge went close to scoring when Drew Canavan’s shot was deflected for a corner and centre forward Chris Knight also troubled the Hitchin defence when he drove low across the face of goal.

 Just before the interval, Callum Donnelly cleared off the line when Stourbridge threatened to take the lead.

The low-key atmosphere continued into the second half and it was not until the 69th minute that Hitchin carved out a chance, Zak Burke winning a challenge, racing through and sending his effort wide of the target. Then veteran defender Tony Fontenelle opened the Stourbridge defence with a typical run into the area, but his final delivery curled away from goal.

Ten minutes from time, Stourbridge broke the deadlock, Burke underhitting a backpass and substitute Luke Benbow sliding the ball into the net. 

Hitchin almost snatched a point in the dying seconds when Luke Gregson shot wide with the goal at his mercy. It was that kind of game – one that will was probably forgotten when the final whistle went.


Hitchin Town (0)0 Stourbridge (0)1

0-1 Benbow 80 mins

Attendance: 408

Hitchin: Bennett, Fontenelle, Lincoln, Stewart, Gilbert, Lee, Delderfield (Lewis 59), Gregson, Donnelly, Frendo, Burke
 Subs not used: Bickerstaff, Beckett, Webb, Leach

Stourbridge: Solly, Griffiths (Rock 56), Smith, McCone, Geddes, Bennett, Lloyd, Broadhurst, Knight (Benbow 44), Billingham, Canavan (Hendrie 64)

Subs not used: Turton, Oliver

Referee: I.Rathbone

Assistants: M.Gospel & N.Mandlescu

Match report: Neil Jensen
Photo: Martyn Annetts

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