Southern Premier Division

Saturday 19th January 2019
Hitchin Town 2 Stourbridge 1

What better way for Hitchin to end a losing sequence of seven consecutive league defeats by beating the league leaders? They did this by coming from behind after ‘gifting’ their opponents a goal after just nine minutes. When I arrived at Top Field I had some brief words with manager Mark Burke in relation to…

Tuesday 15th January 2019
Stratford Town 2 Hitchin Town 0

Whilst statistics do not lie they sometimes cloud the issue to a small degree. Yes, this was another defeat in our dark day sequence, but it was a truly gutsy performance, painfully undone by a simply magnificent opening goal and a well-taken second goal that exploited poor marking. Both these goals came inside the first…

Saturday 12th January 2019
St Ives Town 2 Hitchin Town 1

As I was going to St Ives, I passed a pub called the Seven Wives. I recall the riddle and believe the answer is ‘one’. I wish I could have reported that today the answer was ‘won’, but alas the Canaries, struggling to get back on to the perch of form suffered their sixth consecutive…

Saturday 5th January 2019
Hitchin Town 3 AFC Rushden & Diamonds 4

This fifth consecutive league defeat proved harrowing, especially since the Canaries had come from a two goal deficit to take a remarkable lead and then concede twice to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory, if I may be permitted a hackneyed phrase. The corresponding figure had also thrown up a notable game where Hitchin had…

Tuesday 1st January 2019
Royston Town 1 Hitchin Town 0

When you are three minutes away from a hard-earned point and your team has been the better side in the second-half and one error costs a goal and all the points, you might go home a trifle miffed. I did and I accidentally nicked our fixtures’ secretary’s mobile phone as well, which I discovered only…

Saturday 29th December 2018
Hitchin Town 1 Needham Market 2

A win in this game was particularly desirable for Hitchin, in order to lay the ghost of that 8-1 mauling in the corresponding fixture at the start of the season – but it was not to be and the Canaries suffered their third successive defeat after that splendid run of four league wins. It all…

Wednesday 26th December 2018
Hitchin Town 0 Biggleswade Town 2

It was nominally derby day at Top field and a good Boxing Day attendance just short of 700 saw the Waders from Bedfordshire take all three points with two second-half goals, one being a penalty – the third such transgression conceded in two games by the Canaries. There is no denying that this was a…

Saturday 22nd December 2018
Kettering Town 5 Hitchin Town 0

This match reminded me of the anecdote of the chap who leapt from a thirty storey building and as he passed the fifteenth floor he said ‘so far, so good.’ It was very curious, though, as in a very even first half the visitors matched the higher placed hosts and the major discernible difference were…

Wednesday 19th December 2018
Hitchin Town 1 St Ives Town 0

Hitchin gained maximum points for the fourth successive league match, which , pleasing in itself, makes me commit the heresy that tonight’s win was a nervous one, and if the visitors had fulfilled their real threat of snatching a draw, we could not have complained with any seriousness. A solid, positive first half by the…

Saturday 15th December 2018
Hitchin Town 5 Halesowen Town 1

What started poorly ended up something of a romp as Hitchin Town recorded their best win of the season so far against a team one place above them at the foot of the League table. Described by some as a ‘six pointer’, both teams sought to improve their position and success in this department fell…