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Hitchin Town 6 Oxhey Jets 1

Tuesday, July 29 2014

Hitchin grabbed a comfortable victory at Top Field last night, as a lively, fast-tempo game resulted in a 6-1 Canary win.

Oxhey determined the initial tempo - instantly showing the home side that they were in an attacking mood. However, the Canaries soon matched the opposing mentality and took control of the pace and the possession.

With an impressive dominance of the ball, it looked like Hitchin would be the first to score. However, there seemed no real hurry to convert possession into goals and in the 10th minute, Oxhey made them pay when a free header from a corner gifted them with a goal, courtesy of Luke Beardsworth. The corner was taken by Jonny Daily.

Minutes later, Hitchin all but emulated Oxhey's goal, except Lucas Kirkpatrick's height didn't quite match Beardsworths, meaning Robbie Burns' cross sailed overhead.

Hitchin then became increasingly forceful with their attacks, with Burns shooting across the face of goal and a few minutes later being denied by a double block from Ashley Fonaho and Sam Phillips. The resulting corner from the block was again defended well by the away side.

Jonny McNamara created a couple of good chances for the Canaries - both a result from intercepting poor passes from the opposition. His first interception allowed him to get a shot away, although it was straight at the goalkeeper Will Baker and the second chance saw him play the ball to Michael King, who chose to take an early shot, which again did not test the keeper.

Clever play from Paul Cooper, Burns and Kirkpatrick built an attack up nicely and it ended with Burns having a shot on goal - a curler that went just over the crossbar.

Burns was then involved again a few minutes later when he cleverly lost his man just outside the box and whipped in a long cross to Matt Lench. An out-stretched Lench just got to the difficult ball but could only fire in to the side netting.

A controversial back pass from the away side cause a brief moment of drama but it was soon overshadowed by Hitchin's continued dominance in possession.

In the latter stages of the first-half there were two more good chances for Hitchin. The first chance was a move that was initiated and ended with King, who saw his shot come off the post and Kirkpatrick then unable to follow up. Then, seconds later, Lench saw his shot parried away.

Hitchin Town 0-1 Oxhey Jets


A full change to the Hitchin outfield side ensured the home side started the second-half on the front foot and they dominated immediately. It didn't take long for the chances to open up for the hosts.

In the early stages, Gary Wharton and Charlie Smith had space to attempt long range shots, although they did not really test the keeper and the Oxhey defence blocked a Lewis Rolfe shot after his hard work venturing upfield from his defensive position.

After more continued dominance, Hitchin finally found the back of the net in the 60th minute - Alasan Ann starting the Canary tally with a powerful header from a well-taken free-kick.

Seconds later Wharton hit the post.

Then, on 65 minutes, George Ironton produced a great strike to put the Canaries in front.

Wharton was next up on the scoresheet as he fired home in the 70th minute, with Arel Amu making it 4-1 just two minutes later.

Then, in the 78th minute, Wharton got his second of the night - following up his nice first touch with a drive to the bottom left of the goal.

A clumsy tackle from Oxhey's Fonaho then gifted Hitchin with the chance to make it 6-1 from the penalty spot. Rolfe stepped up and fired the ball in to the back of the net in the 81st minute.

Hitchin continued to dominate the game, with Wharton coming close to a hat-trick on a couple of occasions. 

Against the odds, it was Oxhey who finished the game off with an attempt at one last attack but it soon broke down when good work from Wharton ensured Hitchin won the ball back swiftly.

Full-Time: Hitchin 6-1 Oxhey Jets

Hitchin: Johnson, Cooper, Jones, Corran, Webb, McNulty, McNamara, Lench, King, Burns, Kirkpatrick, Subs (2nd half): Rolfe, Ann, Chiabata, Walster,  Barker, Smith, Ironton, Wharton, Osei-Siribour, Amu

Oxhey: Baker, Speers, Beaumont, Phillips, Fonaho, Gladdy, Bull, Daily, Putman, Beardsworth, Lloyd, Armstrong, Cooke, McGeachy, Gladdy.

Goals: Oxhey - Beardsworth 10' Hitchin - Ann 60', Ironton 65', Wharton 70' 78', Amu 72', Rolfe 81'

Attendance: 111

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