FIXTURES

  • Saturday 1 December home to Barwell League kick off 3.00pm.This is a pay what you want game.
  • Wednesday 5 December home to Hemel Hempstead Herts Senior Cup kick off 7.45pm. Admission prices for this game have been reduced to £6, £4 and £2 with a further £1 reduction available online.

PAY WHAT YOU WANT
The home match with Barwell on Saturday 1 December will be the latest of our pay what you want games. They have proved very popular and are a way for new supporters to see a game at an affordable price. We hope that many of the new supporters who came to the Solihull game will return to Top Field to watch a league game. We will make a contribution to the Young Minds charity which is fighting for young people’s mental health from the donations we receive.

Please spread the word about this pay what you want game. It would be great to see a bumper attendance and we can hopefully gain new followers for the future. It is our intention to have at least a couple of pay what you want games each season and it is very important that we try such initiatives to attract new supporters.

LETCHWORTH FOODBANK
Please see the story of our partnership with Letchworth Foodbank – available here. I hope you are able to support this worthy cause and can bring along some donations to the Barwell game. It is important we think of those less fortunate than ourselves as we enter the Christmas period.

COALVILLE POSTPONEMENT
We apologise for the late postponement of Saturday’s Game with Coalville. It was due to an electrical problem that could not be resolved before the kick off time.

The problem affected the dressing room electrical supply which saw no electricity in the referees room, physio room or away dressing room and only half power for the home dressing room. An electrician was called and he decided the situation was dangerous and the whole supply was cut off in the dressing room area. There had been a small fire in one of the power boxes.

We had to get UK Power Networks in to resolve the problem and they arrived late on Saturday afternoon. They finished just before 6pm and we have now got the all clear so the Barwell game will take place.

It just proved to me again that even if you think you have seen virtually everything in football there will always be new surprises to come! When Len Leroux phoned me to say there was a problem I could hardly believe it. But frantic phone calls were quickly made to the referee, the League and the opposition while an electrician was contacted. It became a safety issue and this meant the game had to be called off at short notice. Then more calls had to be made to match day personnel, players, management etc . Poor Len had to wait up the ground for UK Power Networks to arrive and he got home after 6.00pm.

The new date for the Coalville game is Wednesday 30 January kick off 7.45pm.

PLAYER NEWS
Two players have departed this week. Trey Charles has moved to Bedford and Patrick Tshikala has joined Barton Rovers. Manager Mark Burke thanked both players for their services and wished them well for the future. He felt both players needed regular first team football to establish themselves at a level where they will be able to flourish.

Bad news regarding Macsen Fraser. He will unfortunately miss the rest of the season. He is due to have surgery In January and there will be a nine-month recovery period. All at Hitchin wish Macsen the quickest possible return to full fitness.

Matt Nolan and Matt Lench are both available for the Barwell game.

Alex Anderson will miss the Barwell game due to a foot injury.

MANAGER’S NOTES WITH MARK BURKE
With the unexpected postponement of the Coalville game I decided to give the players the day off. A number of them had niggling injuries while we had played a number of difficult games. I hope they will be fit and refreshed for Barwell.

BARWELL
It is a number of years since we last played Barwell. Previous meetings were usually close and hard fought and I expect the game on Saturday to follow a similar pattern. We had Barwell watched last Saturday so will have done our homework. I hope there will be a large crowd due to it being a pay what you want game and I urge all supporters to get behind the team.

HEMEL HEMPSTEAD
We will face Hemel this Wednesday after the original game was called off due to their F A Trophy replay. As I said last week I want to do well in the Herts Senior Cup and will play a strong team. Matt Spring will be in the opposition dugout as assistant manager for Hemel.

HITCHIN TOWN UNDER 19s
The academy team were due to play at Kings Langley on Wednesday but the game was called off because of a waterlogged pitch. They are without a game next Wednesday.

HITCHIN TOWN LADIES FC
Callum Ellis reports on the Ladies game with Bedford Ladies Development:

The league is starting to hot up as Letchworth look to keep the pressure on Hitchin Ladies. But in this game Hitchin started positively from the early stages. Chaffey and Gash each had early chances but couldn’t convert the opportunities.

Bedford responded well playing one touch football around the pitch and making Hitchin work for the ball. The Ladies stopped most opportunities Bedford had with Thompson also making some crucial saves.

Hitchin took the lead when Gash sent a ball to Chaffey who calmly slotted it into the Bedford net.

Gash again was on the attack and won a corner. Huffer sent the ball in which curled into the Bedford net. A goal from a corner strike… different class.

The first half ended with the Ladies having the upper hand.

Bedford started the second half pushing the Ladies to their limits. They got their deserved goal and were back in the game.

Credit to Bedford who proved to be the best team to have played against Hitchin Town Ladies. They were unlucky at times not to equalise or even walk away with the points. It just showed that pace wasn’t everything and experience was needed to win the game.

With Letchworth losing against Hitchin Belles the Ladies have gone 4 points clear at the top of the table although Letchworth do have a game in hand. The next few games are vital to where our Ladies will finish at the end of the season.

HITCHIN TOWN FOOTBALL MUSEUM
Last Friday at the North Herts Museum I attended a talk on Hitchin’s famous football museum. It was very informative and in time there will be a display of some of the exhibits which will be well worth visiting. I will announce dates as soon as I know.

ROY IZZARD