- Saturday 4 January Away to Stourbridge league kick-off 3.00pm. Coach leaves at 10.45am.
- Tuesday 7 January Away to Leverstock Green Herts Senior Cup kick-off 7.45pm. There is no coach to this game.
OTHER JANUARY LEAGUE FIXTURES
- Saturday 11 January Home to Needham Market kick-off 3.00pm.
- Monday 13 January Home to Leiston kick-off 7.45pm.
- Saturday 18 January Away to Rushall Olympic kick-off 3.00pm.
- Tuesday 21 January Away to Peterborough Sports kick-off 7.45pm.
- Saturday 25 January Home to Alvechurch kick-off 3.00pm.
- Tuesday 28 January Away to Stratford kick-off 7.45pm.
- Dan Webb missed the Kings Langley game due to a flu bug. He should return at Stourbridge.
- Jack Green completes his suspension on Saturday so misses the Stourbridge game.
- Joshua Coldicott-Stevens returns to the squad for the Stourbridge game.
HITCHIN TOWN LADIES FC
Hitchin Town Ladies FC start the New Year away against St Albans Ladies FC on Sunday 6 January 2020 kick-off 2.00pm. Venue is St Albans Rugby Football Club, Oaklands Lane, Smallford, AL4 0HR.
HITCHIN TOWN UNDER 19’S
The academy team are away to Norwich City RDP on Wednesday 8 January kick-off 2.00pm.
MANAGER’S NOTES WITH MARK BURKE
It has been a very disappointing Christmas period with two defeats against Biggleswade Town and Kings Langley. At Biggleswade it was a poor performance and result whilst at least against Kings Langley we showed some fight and spirit even when we were reduced to ten men. Unfortunately we lacked the quality to go with the improved work rate and that is probably partly due to low confidence levels. But we are moving in the right direction and must keep building on our work rate, become hard to beat and add the quality in finishing to get positive results.
I was very disappointed with Ben Walster becoming involved in a melee which resulted in him receiving a second yellow card and being sent off. He let me, the coaching staff, his team mates, the supporters and himself down with a reckless first booking followed by the second yellow which led to his dismissal. We will never know if he had not been sent off whether we would have not lost or not but I am convinced we would have had a better chance with 11 players on the field.
However, the sending off seemed to galvanise us and we were the better team until the last ten minutes when we became tired. Kings Langley probably had the better clear cut chances but their manager told me afterwards he thought a draw would have been a fair result.
We face another difficult game with our visit to Stourbridge on Saturday. They will be wounded after their 4-1 defeat at Bromsgrove on New Year’s Day. We will need to try and keep a clean sheet and need to dig in and be hard to beat. We must stick together and keep our self belief.
I intend to play a strong side at Leverstock Green. The Herts Senior Cup is a welcome relief from the league programme and I really want to go as far as possible in this competition.
BY ROY IZZARD