EVO-STIK LEAGUE SOUTH

Big Free Bet

FPM Facilities Services Ltd - 35-37 Hastings Street, Luton, LU1 5BE. Tel: 01582 484020

MasterCars - Quality New, Nearly New & Used Vehicles in Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire. 1-2 Bunyan Rd, Hitchin, Hertfordshire SG5 1NL. Phone 01462 457645

Consilium Financial Planning - 18-19 Woodside House, Walsworth Rd, Hitchin SG4 9SP. Phone: 01462 421775

IDNet - Leased Lines, Broadband & Telecoms - IDNet Studio. Bridge House, 30A Bridge Street, Hitchin. Herts SG5 2DF. Tel: +44 (0) 1462 659 350.

From windows to conservatories, Barry Bolton Windows is the local specialist for Beds, Bucks & Herts. From our free quotes to our high quality service, backed by our 10 year insurance warranty, we've got what you need. Tel: 01582 484 600

Swinton Insurance - 16 Brand Street, Hitchin. Phone: 01462 436253

Ridgeons Timber & Builders Merchants - Hitchin Branch

At lionshome.co.uk, you can conveniently find new design ideas for your home, inspirations for garden design, DIY ideas and much more.

Specialists in SAP Data & Document Archiving

Screenbond - Manufacturers of  PCB's

More than just transport ...

Peak Fitness Gym

Richard Taylor Travel - Coach suppliers to Hitchin Town FC.

Kick It Out Campaign - click the image to visit the website

Burnham 1 Hitchin Town 0

Tuesday, January 14 2014

This really was a miserable night in Burnham. Persistent rain turned the pitch in to a soggy morass with good football virtually impossible and to make matters worse Hitchin produced their worst league performance of the season. Just to cap the misery the referee Aaron Moody put in a totally unacceptable display that saw ten bookings and a sending off in a game that hardly had a bad tackle. Both teams intend to report the referee who from an early stage wanted to be the dominant figure in the game and made no allowance for the appalling conditions whatsoever. His display was even worse than that of the referee at the recent Cambridge City game and that is saying something.

However the incompetence of the referee in no way excuses Hitchin playing so poorly on the night. After a bright opening it went downhill very quickly and after Ryan Blake punished sloppy defending after 10 minutes to put Burnham ahead at no stage did Hitchin really look like saving the game. It was so unlike the more typical performances seen from the Canaries and the defence played like they were strangers while the passing was totally astray and up front there really was a lack of penetration. Simon Martin has been badly missed and his return will be a real boost as the ball has not been held up well enough in his absence.

Burnham are on a good run and they have now won six and drawn one of their last eight games. Their pace up front was a real threat and but for three excellent saves by Tahj Bell Hitchin could have been out of the game by half time.

The second half was slightly better for Hitchin and they went three at the back after Josh Bickerstaff had to be replaced at half time by Michael King. But in reality there were very few chances created and the nearest to a goal remained a Stuart Pearson header just over the bar in the first half. Only Bell cold be said to have performed well and Mark Burke was far from happy with the performance.

Although he did not affect the result the referee totally ruined what was not a good game in the first place. Not one person in the pitifully small crowd could make sense of how he handed out yellow cards like confetti and you had to feel sympathy for the players from both sides as any type of tackle carried the risk of a caution even if the ball was won. Burnham in no way deserved four yellows and Hitchin certainly did not deserve six. Poor Matt Lench was somehow sent off for two cautions both of which were ridiculous and players and spectators could only look on bemused as Mr Moody stayed centre stage right up to the final whistle.

So a game to forget as quickly as possible and a much better performance will be demanded by the management on Saturday as this was just not good enough. A referee able to let the game flow would be most welcome too.

Hitchin: Bell, Rolfe, Bickerstaff, Barker, Webb, Pearson, McGeorge, Donnelly, Lench, Forsythe, Jones.  Subs  King for Bickerstaff 46, Wharton for Jones 77, Burtenshaw, Gregson for McGeorge 66, Izeidi.

Burnham: Watkins, Togwell, John, Page, Baddeley, Upward, Driver, Sear, Charles Smith, Blake, Crouch. Subs Malloy, Baddeley, Boultwood, Webb for Couch 71, Kebamba for Charles Smith 82

Hitchin bookings: Rolfe, Pearson, Donnelly, King, McGeorge, Lench x2

Attendance 125

Roy Izzard                       



Tickets & Merchandise

Click image to puchase Match Day Tickets and Club Merchandise.

Fans Forum

Click image to visit the Fans Forum.

Follow us on Twitter @HitchinTownFC. Click image to visit the site.

Hitchin Town FC on Facebook - Click image to connect.

Hitchin Town FC on Google+ - Click image to connect.

Hitchin Town Instagram Account - Click image to visit the site.

Hitchin Town Photographs by Peter Else- Click image to visit the site.

HitchinTV, Hitchin Videos, Hitchin Shops, Hitchin video directory

AboutMyArea - The Community Website for Hitchin and the Villages

Local news, sport, music, arts, homes for sale, homes to let, cars for sale, jobs, competitions and much, much more!.

Game Of The People - Click image to visit the site.

Hall Hire

Function Hall Hire for all occasions. Click the image for further information.

The Arena

The Arena, Baldock. Click image to visit the Arena website and find out more.

Physio Clinic

Hitchin Town Sports Injury & Chiropractic Clinic.   Click image to find out more details.

Search The Site