- Saturday 27 April away to Banbury United League kick off 3pm. Coach leaves at 11:30am.
- Monday 29 April home to Hemel Hempstead Herts Charity Cup Final kick off 7:45pm.
These are the final fixtures of the season.
HERTS CHARITY CUP FINAL
I would like to praise the Hertfordshire Football Association for being so cooperative in changing the date of the Charity Cup Final to Monday 29 April from Tuesday 30 April. This means we now avoid clashing with the Tottenham v Ajax Champions League semi -final. This will boost the attendance and it was good to see how quickly the Hertfordshire Football Association reacted after both finalists asked for the change of date and showed great common sense. I would like to thank John Burlison and Paddy Donovan for being so proactive in making this happen.
While the game is played at Top Field it will be run by the Herts FA who will provide turnstile operators of their own. They have decided not to have online ticket sales for this game. Our normal admission prices will apply.
Matt Lench is available to play in the Herts Charity Cup Final against Hemel Hempstead.
NORTH HERTS FM
North Herts FM will be at Top Field on Monday evening 29th April 2019 to bring you live commentary of the Hertfordshire Football Association Charity Cup Final between Hitchin Town FC and Hemel Hempstead Town FC.
The North Herts FM Commentary Team of Freddie Cardy and Brian Gray will be your hosts bringing you full, live commentary of the game with the programme starting at 7:30pm.
Josh Bickerstaff returns to the squad for the Banbury game. Manager Mark Burke may make changes to the team to give squad members the chance to claim a starting place in Monday’s cup final.
Jay Dowie will not serve his two game suspension until next season following his red card against Redditch.
I have today received the sad news that Mick Kitchener died this week. Mick was a prominent member of the commercial department of Hitchin Town F C when Mick Hardwicke was in charge. He worked very hard for the club and remained a supporter coming to games when he could and he always asked about the club if I met him in town. On behalf of the club I would like to pass on our condolences to Mick’s family.
HITCHIN TOWN UNDER 19’S
The academy side won their final match of the season beating Kings Langley 3-1. Charlie Moss scored twice and the other scorer was more of a surprise. It was goalkeeper Josh Mollison who was playing as a striker as he was not allowed to play in goal because of his broken finger.
HITCHIN TOWN LADIES FC
The Ladies are away to Letchworth Garden City Eagles on Sunday 28 April kick off 2.00pm.
EJA TEAM NEWS WITH NICK CARR
Our U13s have finished their season whilst the U14s and U16s were left frustrated this week when their games were called off due to the opposition being unable to field a team.
This left our U18s as the only team in action and unfortunately, they slipped to a 7-2 defeat at Barton Rovers with Shaun Dowler and Josh Adams scoring for our young men.
This Sunday sees the final games in the EJA league season with our U14s at home to Biggleswade Town in a local derby and looking to avenge a 1-0 defeat earlier in the season. Regardless of the result, the boys will finish as runners up in the league which is a fantastic achievement in only their second season and shows that they are moving in the right direction in terms of their progress and development. The match kicks off at 10:30am at the Baldock Arena.
Our U16s are at home to Cheshunt with a 10am kickoff and will finish in 6th place in the league which again, is a terrific achievement given there was a change in the management team and style of play just before the Christmas break. We are expecting good things from the boys next season.
Our U18s have a tough fixture at home to Peterborough Sports, with an 11am kickoff at North Herts College. This will be good preparation for their Herts FA County Cup final the following week. Again, these boys have had a terrific season given half the squad are U17 and will be with us next season at U18 again.
MANAGER’S NOTES WITH MARK BURKE
I have been critical of some of our players in the past couple of weeks for a lack of effort. However on a very hot day at Redditch the players gave their all. This was one of those games like so many that was decided by fine margins.
We conceded a goal through poor defending but showed great determination to get back in the game and equalised. We then hit the post and were denied a penalty in what was an acceptable first half performance.
We started the second half brightly and had a couple of chances to take the lead but as has been the case for most of the season we were not clinical. We then conceded a penalty which gave Redditch momentum. We still fought on and nearly equalised again hitting the post. Then Redditch scored a third goal that I thought was offside but this proved the final nail in the coffin.
Once again the lads put in a lot of effort on another hot day. In the first half we created at least four very good chances to take the lead. Again we did not take them which put added pressure on us but I was happy with the first half display.
The second half started in the worst possible way for us when we were reduced to ten men because of a needless act of simulation which made our task even harder. Despite this we still competed and it was not obvious we were a man short.
Royston scored with their first shot on target and it was an excellent strike. We continued to battle and their keeper made a good save from Max Ryan and Ezra Forde had an excellent opportunity. A second goal put gloss on the result for Royston but I could not fault our application and attitude.
If we win on Saturday it will see us finish just one point below Banbury. This demonstrates how tight the league has been this season as Banbury have never been in the relegation dog fight. The game gives me an opportunity to look at players before I make the decision on the starting line up for Monday’s cup final.
We finish the season with the Herts Charity Cup Final against Hemel Hempstead. Whilst it is the most minor cup we enter it is still silverware worth winning. I urge supporters to come and support us as we look to finish a roller coaster of a season on a high.
BY ROY IZZARD