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Banbury United 2 Hitchin Town 1

Saturday, September 21 2013

If anyone had suggested that Hitchin’s former striker, Leon Simpson, just about the tallest man ever to wear a Hitchin shirt, was going to be the matchwinner for Banbury, few would have believed it.

Simpson, far from a success at Top Field, scored twice as Banbury sent Hitchin to a second consecutive defeat, despite the usual mix of flowing, considered football.

Hitchin put Banbury under early pressure at the Spencer Stadium and buzzed around the home penalty area, causing panic in the home defence. A Robbie Burns shot across the face of goal went close and then the same player saw his shot parried by haphazard Banbury keeper Leigh Bedwell.

But in the 32nd minute, a cross from Kyle Fraser-Allen was headed home by the diving figure of Simpson to put Banbury 1-0 ahead.

Six minutes later, however, Burns equalised for Hitchin with a superb long-range effort.

Just before the interval, Burns went close again, flicking the ball past the post after good work by Michael King.
Seven minutes into the restart, Simpson scored again for Banbury with a goal that owed much to the indecision of goalkeeper Tahj Bell. He had the simple task of scoring from 12 yards when Bell failed to come to intercept.
Jamal Lowe could have equalised on the hour after Burns put him clear but Bedwell saved. Then Lowe returned the favour but this time, Burns shot wide.

Banbury had Scott Bridges sent off in the 77th minute for punching, but the Canaries were reduced to 10 men aswell when Lewis Rolfe received a second yellow card.

In the final minute, Stuart Pearson missed a point-blank effort with the goal at his mercy and with that went Hitchin’s hopes of salvaging a point.

Hitchin: Bell, Rolfe, Bickerstaff, Barker, Lench, Pearson, McGeorge (Webb 90), Donnelly, King (Wharton 66), Burns, Lowe

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