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Hayes & Yeading 0 Hitchin Town 1

Saturday, October 29 2016

The Canaries took until the 83rd minute to finally clinch this FA Trophy match against a physically strong but limited Hayes and Yeading side but finally progressed to the 2nd Qualifying†Round.

Since their 2-0 win against Hitchin in early August at Beaconsfield Road, Hayes and Yeading have lost more matches than they have won, lost their manager, lost half their team and (temporarily) lost their home ground. A hardy 127 fans ventured to neutral territory at Beaconsfield SYCOBís ground to watch a match that will not live long in the memory but at least on this visit ended positively.

Hitchin fielded the same starting eleven as at Kings Lynn, with the only change on the bench being Josh Coley instead of the injured Alasan Ann.

Hitchin set off positively with Callum Donnelly getting on the end of crosses from Kane Smith and Will Wright, but both efforts were off target.

Hayes and Yeading replied with a shot from Melford Simpson that Michael Johnson turned away. The keeper collected the resulting corner.†

Robbie Burns forced a low save from Louis Wells after turning and making space for himself, before Callum Donnelly had the ball in the net after running onto a long ball and chipping the keeper. However the offside flag had already been raised and the goal was chalked off.

Just before the interval, Matt Lench shot from the edge of the area, forcing Wells to palm the ball away. The ball broke along the goal line towards the edge of the area, where Burns collected it and attempted to chip the ball home. His curling effort was on target but cleared off the line by a Hayes and Yeading defender.†

Hitchin were certainly on top - assisted by some very poor clearances from the home side - but couldnít turn the possession into goals.†

HALF TIME - Hayes & Yeading 0 Hitchin Town 0

The supply of crosses continued after the interval with Lench just failing to convert a Smith delivery. Mark Burke then brought on Brett Donnelly to match up against the home defence.†

The striker was in action first as a provider, chipping the ball into the path of Callum Donnelly only for the ball ran through to Wells. Brett Donnelly then had probably the best chance thus far as a good low cross from Ben Walster fell to him in front of goal. However his shot went just wide of the post.

The hosts were struggling to conjure up chances, save for a very wide shot by Durojaiye, who along with Dos Santos, had looked the most likely to fashion opportunities from midfield.

While Wells was called into action to gather a firm header by Brett Donnelly from a Lucas Kirkpatrick cross, he was finally beaten on 83 minutes. Sam Humphreys brought down Kirkpatrick outside the penalty area and Walster stepped up to try his luck. The freekick beat the wall and was parried into the ground by Wells. However Wright was first to react and nodded the ball over the prone keeper and into the net.

From then on Hitchin managed the game out, looking to keep the ball in their opponents half, with Johnson being equal to one last desperate Hayes & Yeading freekick.

FULL TIME - Hayes & Yeading 0 Hitchin Town 1

Hitchin can look forward to the Trophy draw on Monday but must also focus on the next league action against Slough Town, the high-flying former tenants at Beaconsfield.

Hayes & Yeading - Wells, Moutaouakil, Debayo, Durojaiye, Adebowale, Mugoya, Brown, Dos Santos, Simpson, Gilbey, Macklin; subs - Kearney (for Dos Santos), Otuyo, Sinclair, Taylor, Humphreys (for Simpson)
Hitchin Town - Johnson, Wright, Walster, Bickerstaff, Webb, Rolfe, Smith, Callum Donnelly, Kirkpatrick, Burns, Lench; subs - Brett Donnelly (for Lench), Brooks (for Burns), Verney, Coley, Clarke

Hitchin Town - Wright (83)

Yellow cards
Hayes & Yeading - Durojaiye, Debayo, Humphreys
Hitchin Town - Rolfe

Attendance - 127

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