Hitchin boss Burke ‘hugely disappointed’ by Banbury loss

PUBLISHED: 17:00 21 August 2017

Hitchin Town boss Mark Burke (pic Danny Loo)

Hitchin Town boss Mark Burke (pic Danny Loo)

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Hitchin Town manager Mark Burke was left hugely disappointed by his side’s performance in their 3-0 defeat against Banbury United at Top Field.

Goals from George Nash, Jefferson Louis and Luke Carnell condemned to the Canaries to their first defeat of the season, while they are also still looking for their first win following early draws with Merthyr Town and St Neots Town.

Speaking to the Comet, Burke said: “I am hugely disappointed.

“Banbury have come here top of the table and I was expecting an exciting game but we just didn’t show up.

“We were poor all round, lethargic and lackadaisical, so it was a really disappointing performance.

“The result is obviously not great but if we had turned up you could accept it. We just weren’t at the races today and we’ve got a lot of hard work to do to put things right.

“I am confident we will do that.

“The only good thing is, it’s the third game of the season and we’ve still got 43 games left.

“There’s a long way to go and you don’t win the league in August so fortunately time is on our side.”

Banbury opening the scoring through Nash with just 10 minutes gone, before Louis scored a superb second on the hour mark – volleying into the net from the end of the area.

Burke believes both these goals had a huge effect on the game and his team.

“Conceding at any time isn’t good but a goal that early goal gave them the initiative, allowed them to sit back a little bit and pick us off, which they did,” he said.

“It would have been better if we scored first or even at all but it wasn’t to be.

“While we weren’t playing well at 1-0 we were still in the game and if we could have got one ourselves it really would have boosted us but the second goal was a great strike.

“It lifted them to go 2-0 up so it was disappointing for us and I think it really took the wind out of our sails.”

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