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

PUBLISHED: 16:14 05 March 2018

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

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

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For the latest news on Hitchin Town including Mark Burke’s manager’s notes read CometSport’s extensive round-up...

MANAGER’S NOTES WITH MARK BURKE

BASINGSTOKE

We got off to the worst possible start when we gave away a cheap free kick which we defended poorly and conceded a goal after just four minutes. This made our task very difficult against a team with an excellent home record.

Overall it was a very scrappy game in difficult conditions with a bumpy pitch and strong wind. Dan Webb did have a good chance but put his header straight at the keeper.

I was disappointed with the number of free kicks we gave away which gave Basingstoke chances to increase their lead. However I thought we put in a much improved performance in the second half and we put Basingstoke under sustained pressure. We had a couple of very good chances to equalise but did not take them and consequently paid the price for conceding that soft early goal.

BAD WEATHER

There are good and bad sides to having a bad weather break. It does mean injured players have more time to get fit for the next game while players carrying knocks can also benefit from the lay off. But it does also mean that we are unable to get back in to action to make up for the loss at Basingstoke last Saturday. However nobody wants to play in conditions that do not allow passing football to be played and I would much rather wait for a game to be played in better weather conditions.

Players are now very good at maintaining their fitness levels even if training sessions have to be cancelled.

PLAYER NEWS

Josh Bickerstaff and Elliot Bailey have benefitted from the adverse weather conditions with more recovery time and should both be fit to play against Chesham.

FIXTURES

Saturday’s game against Hereford was been postponed due to the adverse weather conditions.

There is no midweek game.

The away game at Stratford has been rearranged for Tuesday, March 27, kick off 7.45pm.

BIGFREEBET.COM CUP

The other semi- final between Didcot and Larkhall Athletic was postponed on Tuesday and has been rearranged for Tuesday, March 6.

HITCHIN TOWN UNDER 19’S

The academy side beat Wealdstone 5-1 last Friday but their game at Metropolitan Police was postponed on Wednesday. They are at home to Luton Cedars on Wednesday, March 7 at the Arena kick off 1.30pm.

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