Hitchin Town round-up: Mark Burke’s managerial notes and all your latest Top Field news

PUBLISHED: 16:31 05 January 2018 | UPDATED: 16:31 05 January 2018

Top Field, home of Hitchin Town FC. Credit @laythy29

Top Field, home of Hitchin Town FC. Credit @laythy29

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MANAGER’S NOTES WITH MARK BURKE

KINGS LANGLEY

Firstly many thanks to our ground staff for getting this game on despite the horrible weather during the week and also to all the supporters who turned up to produce an excellent attendance of 540.

The first half was peculiar in that we were two goals ahead but I was not pleased with our performance. Indeed I thought Kings Langley were the better team and played the better football while we had started slowly. It was good that our finishing was clinical but I told the players in no uncertain terms that they needed to raise their game. I was again happy with their response and we were much better in the second half. Again our finishing was first class and it made a big difference to our goal difference. As I said last week we always try to begin a new unbeaten run after a defeat and this was a good start to that process. Our first aim is to cement our place in the top ten and then try to reach the play off positions. There are still many games to play and results will fluctuate throughout the league but we will just concentrate on our own performances.

BANBURY

We go to Banbury on Saturday seeking revenge for our 3-0 defeat in August which is our only home league defeat so far this season. That defeat was comprehensive but I am sure we will give them a better game this time around. Banbury come in to the game on the back of an excellent victory at Stratford on Monday and I know this will be a difficult game. However we will be buoyed by our 6-0 win against kings Langley which has boosted our confidence.

AFC RUSHDEN AND DIAMONDS

We travel to Rushden with them being the most in form team in the whole of the Southern League. They have only conceded one goal in their last six games which were all won. I expect there will be a large home crowd but hopefully we will also have a good following to support the team in their quest to reach the quarter finals. My aim is to win all three of the remaining cups we are still in so we will take this game very seriously.

PLAYER NEWS

Connor Vincent sustained a hamstring injury against Kings Langley and could be out for two weeks.

Lewis Rolfe starts his two-game suspension with the Banbury game.

Kevin Byrne has returned from holiday and is now available.

Jack Green has had his scan and expects to get his results the early part of next week.

Robbie Burns has returned to training.

FIXTURES

Saturday 6 January away to Banbury League kick off 3.00pm. The coach leaves at 11.30am. The club has spoken to the Banbury secretary and there are no problems with the pitch so the game is definitely on.

Tuesday 9 January away to AFC Rushden and Diamonds BigFreeBet.com Cup kick off 7.45pm. There is no coach to this game.

FUTURE FIXTURE NEWS

Chris Newbold has been busy sorting out new dates for a number of fixtures. The following are now confirmed dates.

Monday 22 January home to Boreham Wood Herts Senior Cup kick off 7.45pm.

Monday 12 February home to Chesham League kick off 7.45pm.

Monday 19 February home to Slough League kick off 7.45pm.

If Hitchin beat Boreham Wood the next round would see a home tie against Welwyn Garden City or Kings Langley on Monday 5 February kick off 7.45pm.

HITCHIN TOWN LADIES FC

Hitchin Ladies are away to Woburn and Wavendon Lionesses on Sunday 7 January kick off 1.00pm. The game will take place at Aspley Guise Recreational Ground, West Hill, Aspley Guise MK17 8DX.

HITCHIN TOWN UNDER 19’S

Hitchin’s academy team beat Leatherhead 4-2 on Wednesday. Their next game is away to Wealdstone on Wednesday 10 January kick off 2.00pm.

TALES OF THE TOWN

Neil Jensen’s book is selling very well and has been very well received. You can buy a copy at any home game from the supporter’s club shop or online at https://hitchintownfc.ktckts.com/merchandise/ht1718mtt/tales-of-the-town.

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