Hitchin beat Bishop’s Stortford to retain Herts Senior Cup

PUBLISHED: 11:48 12 April 2017 | UPDATED: 11:49 12 April 2017

Hitchin Town celebrate their Herts Senior Cup success. Picture: Peter Else

Hitchin Town celebrate their Herts Senior Cup success. Picture: Peter Else

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Hitchin Town beat higher-league opposition to retain the Hertfordshire Senior Cup.

Playing the final at Hemel Hempstead’s ground, the Canaries took on Bishop’s Stortford and Will Wright’s brace of goals landed them the silverware.

Hitchin’s record against National League South opposition this season now stands at three wins and one narrow defeat and if they can build on this performance starting at Banbury on Saturday then they may get the chance to test themselves more regularly at that level.

A goal in each half from Wright - both from corners - secured the win and, but for a string of saves by Harry Voss in the opposition goal, Hitchin could have won comfortably as they started to look like the team that had been playing so well a few weeks ago.

Yet after boss Mark Burke had bemoaned conceding early goals in recent games, the Canaries did just that on seven minutes when Correy Davidson pounced on lax defending in front of goal to open the scoring. However Hitchin were on this occasion undeterred as the game turned into an open and even contest with Jay Dowie and Lewis Rolfe both having efforts saved by Voss.

At the other end, Stortford’s main threats came from the running of Evans Kouassi and the efforts of Davidson with the two combining as the latter’s header was cleared away by Dan Webb.

Webb and Burns both had efforts on the Blues’ goal but the game changed just after the half hour as Voss did very well to tip a Donnelly header over for a corner. The Blues failed to deal with the set piece and Wright was quickest to react and slammed the ball into the roof of the net to equalise.

If the first half was even, the Canaries came out determined to take the second period. Wright flicked a set piece short corner just wide, while Voss again produced a great save to deny a Bickerstaff far post header.

But Hitchin were not to be denied as, on 71 minutes, Voss was again unrewarded for a great save when he managed to tip over a Kirkpatrick shot from outside the box at the expense of a corner. The set piece was almost a replica of the earlier one as the Blues’ defence failed to clear, Wright reacted quickest to the loose ball and fired home again from a slightly tighter angle to land his side the cup.

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