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Hitchin Town 4 Redditch United 0

Saturday, September 20 2014

Hitchin eased to a comfortable 4-0 win against Redditch with the game turning on two red cards for the visitors either side of half time.

 

The closest Redditch came to scoring was in the first quarter of an hour as an early lob forced Michael Johnson to tip the ball over for a corner. Spencer then miscued one shot and was thwarted as Johnson dashed out to clear as the forward broke through.

 

However, Hitchin took the lead after 15 minutes as Brett Donnelly robbed a defender and Callum Donnelly pounced on the ball to fire home from the edge of the area. Redditch were aggrieved as they felt the original challenge may have been a foul.

 

Callum Donnelly nearly repeated the trick 7 minutes later but Redditch custodian Catlow tipped the shot away. Hitchin also had a goal disallowed as McNamara shot home but Brett Donnelly was adjudged to have fouled Catlow. Redditch then tried to get back into the game with a shot wide from Sammons and another miscue from Spencer.

 

There was drama on the stroke of half time as Loveridge was given a straight red for a challenge from behind on Callum Donnelly.

 

Half Time Hitchin 1 Redditch 0

 

The drama continued after the break when Hitchin won a free kick on 54 minutes and Redditch skipper Sammons was sent off apparently for dissent. To add insult to injury, Sam Barker powered the ball home from some 25 yards.

 

Hitchin then added a third when Catlow rushed out for the ball but was beaten by man of the match McNamara on 60.

 

Redditch tried to grab a consolation, as Maye and Jones tried to set up sub Fullerton but Chabata made a timely intervention

 

At the other end Martin, who had come on for Brett Donnelly, set McNamara free and he claimed a penalty as he tumbled in the area but the referee didn't give it.

McNamara then forced a great save from Catlow after being put through again, and the keeper gathered the resultant corner under pressure.

 

McNamara wasn’t to be denied, though, and he beat Recci for pace and tapped the ball past the goalkeeper to conclude the scoring on 83 minutes. Having had a run in with the him earlier, McNamara was booked for having words with the beaten defender.

 

The size of the victory may have been a result of the red cards but the victory itself was a result of a very good team performance and was rewarded with the team moving up to third in the Southern League table.

 

Full time Hitchin 4 Redditch 0

 

Teams:

 

Hitchin Town - Johnson, Rolfe, Walster, Ann (c), Webb, Barker, McNamara, Callum Donnelly, Brett Donnelly, Corran, Smith; Subs - Chabata for Corran, Martin for Brett Donnelly, Powell for Barker; Unused subs - Bell, Osei-Siribour

 

Redditch - Catlow, Jones, Caines, Loveridge, Flanagan, Mutton, Maye, Spink, Spencer, Sammons (c), Carline; Subs - Recci for Caines, Fullerton for Spencer; Unused subs - Wilson, Hylton, Bridgwater

 

Cards:

 

Hitchin Town - Yellow: McNamara

Redditch United - Red: Loveridge, Sammons

 

Attendance 267

 

Colin Ridgway

 



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