Hitchin Town 1-1 Baldock Town: Honours even in North Herts derby as Reds’ new boy Sean Brettell nets stuning strike

PUBLISHED: 18:35 28 July 2018 | UPDATED: 19:28 28 July 2018

Hitchin Town 1-1 Baldock. CREDIT PETER ELSE

Hitchin Town 1-1 Baldock. CREDIT PETER ELSE

Peter Else

It was honours even in the North Herts derby at Top Field between Hitchin Town and Baldock Town after a 1-1 draw on Saturday.

Hitchin Town 1-1 Baldock. CREDIT PETER ELSEHitchin Town 1-1 Baldock. CREDIT PETER ELSE

A Robbie Burns goal two minutes after the break put the Canaries ahead before a superb strike by Sean Brettell to equalise with 18 minutes remaining.

The former Harpenden attacker – who had his first training session with the Reds on Thursday evening after boss Luke Gregson’s long-term target signed him – showed great technique to fire home from outside the box on the left-hand side.

Hitchin Town 1-1 Baldock. CREDIT PETER ELSEHitchin Town 1-1 Baldock. CREDIT PETER ELSE

The goal was nothing more than the visitors deserved after a hard-fought opening 45 minutes which was high on endeavour and perspiration, if not inspiration.

Speaking to CometSport after the match Gregson said: “I’m happy with the result. We gave them too much respect in the first half.

Hitchin Town 1-1 Baldock. CREDIT PETER ELSEHitchin Town 1-1 Baldock. CREDIT PETER ELSE

“We stood off them, but once we started getting competitive we gave them a good game.

“It was a great goal from our new lad Sean. I’ve been chasing him for a while. I talked him into coming down for one session and he was happy with what he saw and signed. He looked sharp today.

Hitchin Town 1-1 Baldock. CREDIT PETER ELSEHitchin Town 1-1 Baldock. CREDIT PETER ELSE

“We had a good defensive shape and did what I asked of them.

“It was a great goal. I told Sean he’s got to do that every week now.”

Hitchin Town 1-1 Baldock. CREDIT PETER ELSEHitchin Town 1-1 Baldock. CREDIT PETER ELSE

The second half was disrupted by a raft of substitions from both sides as the sides gear up for the opening weekend of the forthcoming 2018-19 season on Saturday.

Hitchin’s Adam Parker, deputising for manager Mark Burke who has been on a pre-season break before the battle starts, assessed his side’s performance.

Hitchin Town drew 1-1 with visitors Baldock Town in their North Herts derby. CREDIT @laythy29Hitchin Town drew 1-1 with visitors Baldock Town in their North Herts derby. CREDIT @laythy29

With 169 fans in attendance at Top Field Parker urged as many supporters to head down to the evocative ground on Saturday, when they host one of the promotion favourites Kettering.

He said: “The result was disappointing, It showed there were one or two things to work on – but that’s what pre-season is for.

“We should have showed more desire to score a second goal. But we did miss a few chances.

“I said to the lads it doesn’t matter whether it’s a pre-season friendly or not we should be tucking our chances away.

“The boys are looking fit. It’s just a case of fine tuning a few things.”

Parker urged as many fans as possible to head down to Fishponds Road and cheer on the Canaries against the Poppies, adding bullishly: “We’re looking for a top five spot. What we don’t want to be doing is languishing in mid-table.”

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