FIXTURE
Saturday 31 October home to Herne Bay FA Trophy kick off 3.00pm. Please remember tickets can only be bought online at the following link Please do not delay as the Royston game was a 600 sell-out and many supporters left it too late to buy their ticket and missed out.

Our game with Coalville which was due to be played on Tuesday 3 November has been postponed as Coalville are now playing their FA Trophy game that night. The game with Hitchin has been rearranged for Tuesday 1 December.

SKY SPORTS AT HITCHIN
It was good to welcome Sky Sports back to Top Field on Monday at the Royston game. They conducted a good selection of interviews and particularly asked about how Covid had affected the club and its finances and they also wanted the story behind our Crowdfunder. Both managers were ”miked up” during the game and we will let you know when we hear the date the footage will be shown. But it is good to see the club continue to get such great publicity.

MANAGERS’ NOTES WITH MARK BURKE

BROMSGROVE

We put in an excellent performance at Bromsgrove and achieved a second consecutive win on their ground. The victory was thoroughly deserved and I must say that I enjoy going to the big clubs like Bromsgrove where their supporters always provide a good atmosphere. Again as well as the good football we played I was delighted with how hard we worked to earn the three points. I genuinely feel we are building some momentum and this has happened despite the absence of key players through injury and suspension.

ROYSTON

Apart from the result on Monday it was an enjoyable evening. We had Sky Sports present and a full house which generated a really good atmosphere. I thought the first half was a good advert for our league with both teams giving it all they had and some good football was played.

I felt 0-0 at half time was a fair reflection of the play but credit to Royston who came immediately out of the blocks and put us under immense pressure from the start of the second half. In truth they overpowered us and eventually scored two goals to achieve the victory they deserved. I really believe Royston will be challenging for the title this season and at the very least they should achieve a play-off position.

HERNE BAY

We face Herne Bay in the FA Trophy on Saturday and they will be somewhat of an unknown quantity to us. It is the first time in our history that we have met Herne Bay. My scout Ian Stratford watched them last Saturday and their squad contains a number of players with a good pedigree. We will need to be at our best to progress to the next round,

PLAYER NEWS

  • Patrick Gourgel-Sequeira has moved on loan to Aylesbury United.
  • Ben Walster misses the Herne Bay game as he serves the last of his three game suspension.
  • Dan Webb and Jack Green are available for selection for the Herne Bay game.
  • We have signed two new players.
    • Ciaren Jones is a 20 year old centre back who was at Norwich
    • Jonas Kalonda is a left sided defender or midfielder. He is 18 and was formerly at Luton.

CROWDFUNDER UPDATE BY PAUL SPRAGUE AND KATE DELLER

We have continued to progress with both delivery of the improvement works and the Rewards over the course of the last two weeks. Firstly, in terms of rewards, we have completed the following in the last fortnight:

Our Proud History – We have now delivered a copy of the book to each supporter who selected this reward. Thank you to Neil Jensen for signing each of his books, it made a really lovely touch.

Main Stand Sponsor – we had seventeen supporters who selected this reward and each kindly donated £250 to our Crowdfunder campaign. During half time at Monday’s game against Royston Town the draw was made and John Warren was selected as the winner of the main stand sponsorship prize. The remaining sixteen entrants will all receive a pitch side advertising board for a year. The seventeen entrants were:

Bold Birthing, Chris Nicoll, Mastercars, Cambridge Helpdesk, KJW Drylining, Adam Parker, David Housham Counselling, The Fox and Duck Therfield, MBA IT, The Donnelly Family (x2), The Little Deli, John Cox Commercials, Marston Flooring and Mobile Munchies.

In terms of our ground improvement works, we have completed our next project on the list which was replacement of the guttering to the rear of the main stand.

We have also continued making arrangements for a busy November with several more jobs now being finalised ready for delivery.

Finally, on Tuesday this week we hosted two officials at a rather wet Top Field for our Ground Grading visit. We are obviously aware that we still have items to sort but the visit has helped us to continue to ensure our schedule of planned works will satisfy all the requirements. We look forward to receiving their official report shortly and then continuing to complete the planned works to ensure that all observations are satisfactorily addressed.

ACADEMY NEWS BY MICHAEL JONES

We are now in the process of starting our recruitment for our next intake of academy players for the 2021/22 season.

Here at Pro:Direct Academy Hitchin we combine elite development football with a qualification in a NCFE Level 2 or 3 diploma in Sport, as well as offer a online Personal Trainer course with Active IQ.

Players will be trained and educated at The Arena in Baldock. Players will train for 3 days a week while playing elite development matches once a week as well as representing Hitchin Town FC in the FA Youth Cup.

Education Information: https://www.wearescl.co.uk/pro-direct-hitchin

Football Information: Pro Direct Academy Hitchin Presentation

If you are interested, you can register your here – https://www.northhertsarena.co.uk/next-trial-dates

Our first trial starts on Friday 30th October 2020.

If you’ve missed it and want to come along, our next trial date will be Monday 21st December 2020 and details be shared in due course.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Address: The Arena, Norton Road, Baldock, SG7 5AU
Web: www.prodirectacademy.com
Tel: 01462 720088

BY ROY IZZARD