- Saturday 10 August home to Stourbridge – League. Kick off 3pm. Discounted tickets can be purchased up to 11am on the day of the game. Click here to purchase.
- Tuesday 13 August away to Needham Market League kick off 7:45pm. Coach leaves 4pm. All coach tickets must be purchased online-no cash sales are allowed. Click here to purchase.
HERTS SENIOR CUP
We have been drawn at home to Welwyn Garden City in the first round – date TBC. The winner will travel to Leverstock Green or Harpenden Town in the second round.
FOUR MORE JOIN THIS EVENING
Keep an eye on our social medias and website at 8pm this evening, when we’ll be announcing four new signings. A teaser for you:
- One returns from last season
- One has appeared in pre-season
- One arrives on loan from a league Club
- One is a completely new face. Stay tuned!
PLAYERS OUT ON LOAN WITH MARK BURKE
“I have sent Kieran Barnes and Lukas Didik to Biggleswade and Barton Rovers respectively, to gain more experience. Both Kieran and Lukas are players we are looking to develop for the future having played in the Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division last season for Baldock and Stotfold. It is part of the programme pathway to our first team that has served me well in the past with the likes of Will Wright, Lucas Kirkpatrick and Liam Brooks.
“Jack Thomas will start in the Spartan South Midlands Premier Division with Biggleswade United this season and I am hopeful he will follow the pathway of Kieran and Lukas.”
COMMENTARY ON NORTH HERTS FM
Not able to get to the game this Saturday? Then join the award winning North Herts FM Commentary Team on the North Herts FM Extra Channel for full live commentary of Saturday’s big match, Hitchin Town FC vs Stourbridge FC.
Hertfordshire FA 2019 Grass Roots Supporter of the Year, Freddie Cardy and Brian Gray will be your hosts from 2:45pm as the Canaries open the season with a visit from the Glassboys.
Our Supporters Trust are still looking for new members for the current season. All monies raised go toward Mark Burke’s playing budget and it does not matter how small or large your donation is -it will make a difference. Full details of the Supporters Trust are on our website.
MANAGER’S NOTES WITH ADAM PARKER AND MARK BURKE
ADAM ON BEDFORD TOWN
We started well in the first 10 minutes but then conceded a really poor goal. This seemed to affect us and we failed to close down in the lead up to the second goal. We failed to create a great deal and I was disappointed with our first half performance.
At half time I still felt we could get back in the game and I told the players to forget the first 45 minutes. But after conceding another poor goal we just never improved and at times it was men against boys. We lacked creativity and were poor in defence.
The positive is that the only way is up and this was a good wake up call before the league season starts.
MARK ON BIGGLESWADE
Our preparations were somewhat hindered by the loss of Charlie Horlock and Jack Green in the warm up. In addition Dan Webb was not available and a good Biggleswade team took the game to us in the early stages. You could tell they had brought the successful momentum from last season with them and they were full of confidence.
They took a deserved lead with a well worked goal and we struggled to get in to a rhythm. In the final 20 minutes of the first half we started to play much better and got the equaliser. However we started the second half slowly and Biggleswade regained the initiative scoring another well worked goal to take the lead.
I made a number of substitutions which gave us some impetus and we battled to the end but could not find the equaliser.
MARK ON STOURBRIDGE
We face Stourbridge on Saturday and face the team who finished third last season. They have always been a difficult side to play against and this season have a new manager in Ian Long who has enjoyed a lot of recent success at Alvechurch. Last season when we played Alvechurch they were two entertaining fixtures and I know Ian likes to play a passing game.
Therefore this should be an attractive game for the supporters to watch and I hope to see a big crowd at Top Field with Stourbridge certain to have a good following.
MARK ON NEEDHAM MARKET
On Tuesday we travel to Needham Market and this date corresponds with last year’s fixture. I am eager to lay the ghost of both the performance and result from last season. As with all fixtures this season it will be a difficult match but we will be looking to come back with some reward.
BY ROY IZZARD