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Hitchin Town 3 Wingate & Finchley 0

Monday, October 29 2012

The answer to the question posed after the first meeting with Wingate & Finchley was….Zak Burke.

Hitchin’s top scorer, John Frendo, failed to find the back of the net, but his partner in crime, Burke, netted a hat-trick as the Canaries booked a trip to Tonbridge Angels in the next round of the FA Trophy.

Burke will not have three easier chances than those he received at sparsely-populated Top Field. But he showed he still has the predators touch as he gratefully secured the matchball.

Frendo almost opened the scoring in the 12th minute when his header was superbly saved by Wingate goalkeeper Bobby Smith. Frendo created the opener on 17, his shot striking the far post only for Burke to apply the finishing touch from close range.

Hitchin were never in too much trouble in the entire 90 minutes, but they had a ragged end to the first period and but for a save from Martin Bennett from Marcus Milner, they might have gone in at half-time all-square.

Frendo and Burke linked up again at the start of the second period, but Burke rolled his shot just wide after breaking clear. On 52 minutes, a neat move involving Daniel Delderfield and Frendo ended with the latter demonstrating he would not look out of place on the floor of Strictly Come Dancing in setting up Burke for his second goal – a “surely he can’t miss” tap-in.

Wingate retaliated briefly and substitute Leon Smith struck the crossbar, but the game was as good as over for the North Londoners.

Frendo, who was determined to get on the scoresheet for the ninth consecutive game, battled his way through a series of challenges before being stopped by Smith, but the final goal also came from Burke.
There were 14 minutes remaining when Delderfield’s footwork created a chance for Burke, who had the simple task of sliding the ball into the net. At that point, it was not unreasonable to ask for more goals, but Hitchin already had one eye on a trip round the M25.

Hitchin Town (1)3 Wingate & Finchley (0)0
1-0 Burke 17 mins
2-0 Burke 52 mins
3-0 Burke 76 mins

Attendance:  171

Hitchin: Bennett, Fontenelle, Lincoln, L.Stewart, Gilbert, Lee, Delderfield, Beckett, Burke (King 79), Frendo, McGovern   Subs not used: Leach, Pedrycz, Williams, Webb

Wingate: Smith, Weatherstone, Wright, McGonigle (Hudson 64), Milner, Nielsen, Kyriacou, Pinto, Morris (Baptiste 77), Karagul (Smith 64), Gardiner   Subs not used: King, Henry

Referee: P.Forrester
Assistants: D.Lawson & G.Gray


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