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Chippenham Town 2 Hitchin Town 0

Saturday, August 24 2013

A familiar foe returned to haunt Hitchin on Saturday. Alan Griffin has been a thorn in our side on many previous occasions and though not the quickest he remains one of the best forwards in the Calor League with his aerial ability particularly effective.

Sure enough it was Griffin's clever header from Jack Allward's cross that gave Chippenham an undeserved lead in the 29th minute after Hitchin had dominated to that point. Excellent chances came but were not taken. Jamal Lowe shot straight at Ben John from Callum Donnelly's cross on 11 minutes while Donnelly shot wastefully wide from a great chance a minute later. Then Simon Martin hit the bar from close range after good work from Lowe and Donnelly before Robbie Burns Shot wide from a good position. If any of these chances had been taken the final result may well have been different but then Griffin scored and Chippenham grew in confidence with Tahj Bell again impressing with some good saves.

Hitchin who were unchanged from Tuesday with Dan Webb and Stuart Pearson still injured and Michael Noone on the bench did not find the same fluency in the second half and Martin had a flicked header just wide after 69 minutes. although Burns had a header turned over the bar after 53 minutes. The second goal came from a Lee Phillips cross converted by Joe McClennan on 72 minutes. Noone replaced McGeorge and King came on for Martin but Chippenham were in no mood to give up their first points of the season.

So overall it was a case of missed chances costing Hitchin dear but a tally of 14 shots in the game showed the attacking prowess and there were still plenty of positives in the performance.

Hitchin: Bell, Rolfe, Bickerstaff, Ann, Lench, Barker, McGeorge, Donnelly, Martin, Burns, Lowe Subs Noone for McGeorge 75,King for Martin 80, Lockhart-Adams, Gregson, Burtenshaw.

Chippenham: John, Osman, Allward, Harris, Tindle, Harvey, McClennan, on 72 minutes. Purnell,Griffin,Phillips, Guthrie, Subs Knighton for Phillips 76, Reid for Griffin 85, Austin, Tumelty for Guthrie 65.

Report by Roy Izzard

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