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

PUBLISHED: 15:47 12 January 2018 | UPDATED: 15:47 12 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

BANBURY

I was very disappointed to lose this game by the odd goal. I felt we played well in the first half and dominated the game but we were unable to take any of the half chances that came our way and were ultimately punished. The Banbury goal was poorly defended and it knocked us out of our stride and gave them the initiative. We were given a lifeline with the sending off and this led to a shift in the play. We created our best chances of the game but unfortunately did not show the same clinical finishing as last week. Other results meant this defeat was not as costly as it might have been but we must return to winning ways to cement our place in the top ten and to push for a play off position.

AFC RUSHDEN & DIAMONDS

I was delighted with the result which saw us in to the quarter finals of the League Cup. The performance was very pleasing considering how our resources were so stretched with a number of players unable to play. Players came in who were short of match fitness and on a difficult surface played really well.

We started the game very much on the front foot and created a number of chances in the first half. The second half was more difficult and I thought we defended very well. Rushden showed why they are top of the table and on a long unbeaten run and it was a good achievement to get a clean sheet.

BIGGLESWADE TOWN

I am looking forward to our local derby with Biggleswade Town on Saturday where we will be looking to get our League form back on track after the defeat at Banbury. I expect a close, tough match and there is the added spice of a number of players having played for both sides. We will be seeking revenge for our defeat in August but Chris Nunn will no doubt have his players fired up for this return fixture. I hope the supporters continue to get behind the team and turn up in good numbers. As I often say we are grateful to our supporters who provide such good backing home and away and the players want to reward their loyalty.

PLAYER NEWS

Lewis Rolfe has completed his suspension and is available for the Biggleswade game.

Charlie Smith is available for the Biggleswade game.

Connor Vincent, Lucas Kirkpatrick and Brett Donnelly will face late fitness tests for the Biggleswade game.

Kavan Cotter has been recalled by Luton and will not be available for the Biggleswade game.

FIXTURE

Saturday 13 January at Top Field against Biggleswade Town, kick off 3.00pm.

There is no midweek fixture.

HITCHIN TOWN UNDER 19S

The Academy team did not have a fixture this week. Next Wednesday 17 January they are at home to Sutton United at the Arena kick off 1.30pm.

HERTS SENIOR CUP

The semi-final line up is as follows.

Hitchin Town or Boreham Wood v Kings Langley

Hoddesdon Town v Hertford Town or Royston Town

BIGFREEBET CHALLENGE CUP

The quarter finals are due to be played week commencing 29 January and the draw is due to take place next week.

The prize money is as follows.

Quarter final losers £500

Semi final losers £1,000

Runners up £2,000

Winners £4,000

TALES OF THE TOWN

Neil Jensen’s book is continuing to sell very well. You can buy a copy at tomorrow’s home game from the supporters club shop or online at https://hitchintownfc.ktckts.com/merchandise/ht1718mtt/tales-of-the-town.

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