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Hitchin Town 0 Cirencester Town 0

Saturday, August 30 2014

Hitchin are yet to lose at home this season after gaining a point in a hard-fought draw against Cirencester Town.
Hitchin had an early opportunity, courtesy of nice play from Matt Lench, Jonny McNamara and Charlie Smith. Lench switched the ball to McNamara, who then found Smith in space. Smith's shot was deflected for a corner.

Moments later Ben Walster put in a promising ball to Simon Martin but Cirencester keeper Glyn Garner got the ball first and punched clear. 

A facial injury to Leigh Henry then halted play, with the away side having to play a few minutes with ten men as Henry was treated on the sideline.

When play resumed, Smith put a clever ball through to Martin but Garner was quick off his line to deny the Canary forward.

Cirencester's first shot of the game came courtesy of Ben Wells, who tried a hopeful shot from long-range. The shot, however, was off-target.

The away side then had another chance moments later when Ed Williams put in a low cross in search of Jamie Reid. Hitchin's David Corran was quick to sense the danger and intercepted the dangerous cross.
McNamara and Martin played a clever one-two before McNamara dragged a shot wide.

Cirencester's best chance of the half came via an in-swinging cross from Aidan Bennett. Williams met Bennett's cross with ease but his header went wide. It should have been 1-0 to the away side.

Moments later Cirencester's Brad Hooper turned and took a shot from outside the area. His strike required Canary keeper Michael Johnson to make a save.

Then, a dangerous cross from Ben Prictor was almost met by its target, Shane Anson but McNamara did just enough to unbalance the Cirencester Captain.

Hitchin were rattled by the visitors' threat but after Brett Donnelly's strong header was tipped on to the crossbar, the Canaries capitalised on the momentum of what was their best opportunity of the first-half and got themselves back in to the game.

Minutes after the save, Donnelly was in action again as he set-up Sam Barker - who was waiting unmarked outside the box. Barker struck the ball well and Garner made a good save which resulted in a Hitchin corner. The corner was disappointing from Barker as it was met by the first man in the box - Cirencester's Liddiard. Liddiard cleared with ease.

A saved long-range shot from Cirencester's Reid and then a punched clearance of a header from Hitchin's Martin brought the fast-paced first-half to an end.


Hitchin Town 0-0 Cirencester Town

Hitchin made an early substitution, with Martin making way for Gary Wharton.

Wharton made an immediate impression and his pace was a much welcomed addition to the Hitchin side. After shooting wide and heading over the bar, he then couldn't find his feet from a Smith free-kick and his fumbled shot was off-target.

The game became increasingly open and end-to-end football made for an entertaining second-half. 

Cirencester's Williams showed clever feet to weave through Rolfe, Barker and Walster but Alasan Ann came across to clear the danger. The best chance of the second-half belonged to Wharton though and he came close after Garner had committed himself. His shot was just wide of the post.

There were equal opportunities from start to finish for both sides and in the end a well-fought draw in an entertaining game was a fair result.

: Johnson, Rolfe, Walster, Ann, Corran, Lench, McNamara (Burns), Barker, Donnelly, Martin (Wharton), Smith (King) Unused subs: Jones, Chabata
Cirencester: Garner, Anson, Prictor, Pritchett, Hooper (Elliot), Henry, Reid, Wells, Liddiard, Bennett, Williams Unused subs: Lloyd, Edge, Mortimer-Jones
Attendance: 316
Man of the Match: Michael Johnson


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