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Hitchin Town 1 Biggleswade United 0

Saturday, August 1 2015

Canaries left chirping after Hitchin Town rose to retain The Top Field Trophy


Mark Burke's men ended their pre-season campaign with a 1-0 win against lower-league opposition Biggleswade United.  The game was decided by United's goalkeeper, Joachim Martos, who appeared to mistake the ball for a bar of soap, spilling it to the glad feet of Hitchin Town's Callum Donnelly, who clinched the game's only goal in the 14th minute.  Sadly, fans at Top Field stadium will forget the sublime delicacy of Donnelly's chip, for the keeper's recklessness will undoubtedly cloud the minds of spectators.  This wasn't to be Martos' only fatal contribution to the game, for he was left with a sense of déjà-vu  under 10 minutes before half-time, when he fumbled the ball again, only to be let off the hook by Canaries right back, Kane Smith who, up to this moment, had not put a foot wrong.  Despite this miss, it would be United's manager left scratching his head at half-time. 


Biggleswade started much brighter in the second-half and almost scored in under a minute with an unmarked header.  In truth, however, United's hopes rested entirely on Adam Drakulic who, on occasions, looked like he could create space in an airing cupboard by the way he wriggled away from Hitchin's defenders.  Substitute Will Wright was turned inside out just below the hour mark by the tricky Biggleswade winger, who ultimately deserved better than the defeat his side earned that afternoon. 


Despite Hitchin Town's final pre-season victory, manager Mark Burke would have been far from happy with his side's finishing in front of goal, the pick of the bunch coming from substitute Jamie Arlick, who came on with half an hour to go.  After beating the offside trap, Arlick found himself one-on-one with the short-of-confidence Biggleswade keeper, only to have his effort on goal saved comfortably by shooting straight at Martos.  The crowd echoed the sound one would make if stubbing their toe in anxiety as the score-line remained on a knife's edge.  Forward Matt Lench also provided little threat in front of goal for the Canaries; he will be hoping to shrug off his drought before Monday night when Hitchin lock horns with Hemel Hempstead Town in the first round of the Herts Charity Cup. 


Final score: Hitchin Town 1 Biggleswade United 0


Attendance: 190

  Hitchin Town Starting 11: Charlie Horlock, Kane Smith, Josh Bickerstaff, Alasan Ann (Captain), Dan Webb, Stuart Pearson, Lewis Rolfe, Callum Donnelly, Simon Martin, Lucas Kirkpatrick, Matt Lench

Biggleswade United Starting 11: Joachim Martos, Jake O'Neill, Nyasha Sagawete, Matt Cooper, Ollie Peters, Russell Clark (Captain), Adam Drakulic, Nick Elliot, John Cooper, James Chisholm, Hector Batteler


Written by Sean Fitzgerald




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