WEEKLY BULLETIN – 14TH JAN

FIXTURES

  • Saturday 15th January Home to St Ives League kick-off 3.00pm. Tickets must be purchased via our website.
  • Tuesday 18th January Away to St Albans Herts Senior Cup QF kick-off 7.45pm. There is no coach for this game. Prices for this game are as follows—

Adults: £5
Concessions: £3
Students: £1
U16: £1
U12: £0

COVID DISAPPOINTMENT
It has been really frustrating to have had our last two Saturday games called off due to Covid outbreaks at both Peterborough Sports and Redditch. On each occasion we only found out the day before the game was due to be played which meant we had already committed to having the programme printed which means paying for something we will not be able to sell. But a much bigger financial loss will hit us because the two rearranged games will be midweek and will see a much reduced attendance. The Peterborough game was due to be played on a bank holiday and we could have expected at least 700 fans. We will be lucky to get half of that number in the rearranged game with a loss of at least £2,000. Bar takings will also be very much reduced as will catering income. The same will apply to the rearranged Redditch game as again we expected a good attendance. The lost revenue will not be recouped and we are worse off through no fault of our own.

We were in good form before these games were called off while both Peterborough Sports and Redditch were both suffering poor runs and this could now be different when the games are played. Also a two week rest does not help our momentum and rustiness could be a problem although we have managed to play some friendlies. Also supporters could be more nervous about buying tickets in advance with such late cancellations.

However it is what it is and we must swallow our disappointment and financial loss and make sure we continue to improve our league position and ask our supporters to continue to turn out in large numbers.

FRIENDLIES
Last Saturday we played a friendly on the artificial pitch at Dunstable’s Creasey Park. It was an 11.15am kick-off in horrible weather with incessant rain. Dunstable Town proved difficult opponents but we won 3-0. The game was split in to three 30 minute periods and the whole squad was involved with most players getting at least 60 minutes. Goals were scored by Malachi Black, Callum Stead and Lewis Barker. Interestingly the game between AFC Dunstable and Kidlington due to take place on the grass pitch at Creasey Park was postponed as the pitch was waterlogged.

On Thursday evening we played a friendly at Arlesey. We played a full strength team in the first half and led 1-0 with Jake Hutchinson scoring. We changed the team for the second half with a mixture of academy players, trialists and players returning from injury. This half finished 1-1 with Rio Dasilva scoring a penalty for Hitchin.

MANAGER’S NOTES WITH MARK BURKE

REDDITCH/DUNSTABLE/ARLESEY

I was obviously annoyed that the Redditch game was called off at short notice as after having had the previous Saturday game suffer the same fate. I was concerned it might affect the momentum we had been building but at least we were able to hastily arrange two friendlies. The Dunstable game was arranged Friday evening after we learnt that Redditch could not raise a side and thanks to their manager Joe Deeney for his cooperation. In the social club after the game I was please to meet four ex-Canaries who had been due to play for AFC Dunstable in Alasan Ann, Lewis Ferrell, Ryan and Nathan Frater.

I was also able to arrange a friendly at Arlesey on Thursday and again thanks to their management for agreeing to play us. Both the Dunstable and Arlesey games were worthwhile run-outs and provided vital match practice. I was pleased with both performances.

ST IVES

We face an in form St Ives at Top Field on Saturday. They have won four of their last six game and are fourth in the current form league table. They are also the only team to have beaten runaway leaders Banbury this season. So we can expect a difficult game but it is important we get a positive result as we need to continue our momentum and move up the table. I really hope our supporters come out in high numbers after the frustration of the two consecutive Saturday postponements. You really can be our twelfth man and help us over the line.

ST ALBANS

We will take this Herts Senior Cup quarter final seriously. It will be good to have a respite from the League games and it should suit us to play on the excellent St Albans playing surface. This is the last cup competition we are still involved in and I want us to go as far as we can.

MARK BURKE

PLAYER NEWS

  • Steve Gleeson will serve the final game of his suspension this Saturday so will miss the St Ives game.
  • We have renewed the loan period of Jake Hutchinson from Colchester until 13th February.
  • Kye Tearle played the second half of the friendly at Arlesey on Thursday.

TICKETING/MERCHANDISE UPDATE
Coach tickets for the game at Needham Market next Saturday are now on sale. The coach leaves at 10.30am.

Please do visit the club shop on matchdays to see the ever increasing range of merchandise. With the drop in temperature our new bobble hats and beanie hats are even more of a must buy item.

We are adding full length bench jackets to our clothing range. They will cost £55 and will need to be ordered. You can see a sample in the club shop on Saturday.

Remember that if you cannot get to the game please visit the online store.

LUTON TOWN UNDER 23’S AT TOP FIELD
On Tuesday we hosted the under 23 game between Luton Town and Stevenage. We were pleased to see Luton manager Nathan Jones at the game together with Mick Harford after his recent health problems. Stevenage won the game 1-0.

ACADEMY UPDATE BY MICHAEL JONES
On Wednesday 12th January we returned to competitive action after the Christmas break.

One of our teams travelled to Barnet FC and the other played away to West Ham foundation.

Away to Barnet it was a strong dominant performance where we were in control throughout and thoroughly deserved our 4-0 win. This now puts us second in the table ahead of next week,s fixture at home to Bishop Stortford.

Goals: Harry Dollimore X2, Kye Tearle and Matt Blake
MOTM: Harry Dollimore

Away to a very strong West Ham team, despite controlling possession for large periods of the game, some sloppy defending allowed West Ham to score some very cheap goals. The final score finished with a 5-1 win to West Ham.

Goal: Matthew Morton
MOTM: Oliver Kay

HTWFC UPDATE BY KARLA CHAFFEY
XI manager Richard Klausner & coach Wayne Gardner stepped down from their roles within the club during the week. We would like to thank them for their hard work during the challenging times of COVID-19 and wish them well for the future. We are proud to announce that Gemma Smith has agreed to step into the manager’s seat till the end of the season and will be assisted by players Holly Darling & Annie Piper. We thank them for stepping up to such roles.

Only the one game from last weekend and that was our Canaries v league leaders Evergreen Eagles. This is what Jamie had to say about the game:

‘Today the Canaries traveled to league leaders Evergreen Eagles. After the heavy rainfall during the week Evergreen had done really well to get the game on and the pitch held up really well. We only had 11 players available with injuries still affecting the squad and after an 8 week break with no football due to Covid-19, it was always going to be hard. The game started well with both teams moving the ball around however it was Evergreen who managed to find the back of the net. The ball was hit neatly and Nemeth’s hand just fell short only managing to get a finger to it.

Evergreen continued to put pressure on managing to score another 2 in quick concession. Unfortunately Schofield picked up a knock and with no subs it left us with only 10 on the pitch. Mercer slotted in and made an instant impact breaking down Evergreen’s attacks. Evergreen picked up another making it 4-0 at half time. We changed things at half time and came out a different team with Wilson and Coyler causing all sorts of issues up front for the Evergreen defence. Coyler got taken down about 25 yards out. Up stepped Harrower who put a quality dipping shot right over the top of the keeper and into the top right corner. 4-1. This lifted the Canaries who got some wind in the wings. With Harburg and Barrett causing issues down the wings. Edwards, Amies and McIntyre were rock solid at the back breaking down Evergreen’s attacks with ease. Unfortunately we over commited on a counter and got caught out making it 5-1. The game finished 6-1 but this does not reflect the team’s performance today with only 11 players and bad playing conditions they battled on and worked hard. Thank you to Evergreen for hosting. We go again next week 💛💚

Manager players Nemeth and MacIntyre

Players players/ Harrower and Edwards’

SUNDAY 16TH JANUARY 2022 – 14:00

BIGGLESWADE UNITED BLUES V HITHIN TOWN WOMENS FC XI
Biggleswade United FC, Fairfield Road, Biggleswade.

HITCHIN TOWN WOMENS FC CANARIES V STOTFOLD JUNIOR LADIES FC
Ickleford Recreation Ground, Chambers Lane, Ickleford.

Keep up to date with all the live scores & fixtures, Twitter @HitchinTownWFC or on Facebook, Hitchin Town Womens FC

We are still continuing to recruit for players for the 2021/2022 season. We train Wednesday evenings at The Arena, Norton Road, Baldock, Hertfordshire, SG7 5AU. Training starts at 20:30 and finishes at 22:00, all abilities welcome

CANARY CLUB UPDATE

 

BY ROY IZZARD