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PUBLISHED: 12:45 17 November 2017 | UPDATED: 12:45 17 November 2017

Hitchin Town take on the mighty Hereford FC with coaches leaving Top Field at 9am. Credit @laythy29 Twitter and Instagram

Hitchin Town take on the mighty Hereford FC with coaches leaving Top Field at 9am. Credit @laythy29 Twitter and Instagram

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Hitchin Town are looking forward to a big game against Hereford FDC at Edgar Stret on Saturday. Read on for all the latest news on the club from manager Mark Burke’s team notes, from supporters away travel, fixtures chances, Hitchin Ladies, youths, the perfect Christmas present and much, much more...

The match at Edgar Street will be the club's first league game with Hereford. Credit @laythy29 Twitter and Instagram The match at Edgar Street will be the club's first league game with Hereford. Credit @laythy29 Twitter and Instagram

MARK BURKE’S MANAGERIAL NOTES

CHESHAM

Hitchin Town's Top Field hosted Hereford United in the FA Cup in 1994. Credit @laythy29 Twitter and Instagram Hitchin Town's Top Field hosted Hereford United in the FA Cup in 1994. Credit @laythy29 Twitter and Instagram

The early omens were not good as we suffered a body blow losing Dan Webb to an injury and Trey Charles was also missing. Also certain players were not 100 per cent fit, particularly Michael Johnson who was suffering from tonsillitis.

I thought the first half was very close with very little between the teams. I felt Jack Green should have had a penalty and it added insult to injury when he was booked for simulation. The goal we conceded before half time was poor defensively.

Canaries boss Marke Burke played at Edgar Stree and Top Field against the Bulls. Credit @laythy29 Twitter and Instagram Canaries boss Marke Burke played at Edgar Stree and Top Field against the Bulls. Credit @laythy29 Twitter and Instagram

In the second half we got back in to the game and deservedly drew level but we made further defensive errors to concede a second goal. Then Chesham showed good game management to see the game through and I have to give them credit. They are now unbeaten for 10 games and in Joe Iaciofano they had a very dangerous striker. They were at full strength and a difficult proposition but I still feel we can do better in the league game.

HEREFORD

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Obviously the return to Hereford will bring back some great memories of our 1994-5 F A cup meetings. I was very proud to be captain of that team and those two meetings with Hereford will always live in my memory. If we can emulate those performances on Saturday it would be great. With their massive following it will be a great experience for our young side. We always like to go in to a game as underdogs and I hope the special atmosphere will lift the players.

PLAYER NEWS

Hitchin Town fans are looking forward to their trip to Edgar Street. Credit @laythy29 Twitter and Instagram Hitchin Town fans are looking forward to their trip to Edgar Street. Credit @laythy29 Twitter and Instagram

Dan Webb trained on Monday and should return for the Hereford game. aJck Green and Trey Charles both faces fitness tests to see if they can play at Hereford. Toby Syme will not be fit for the Hereford game.

HEREFORD

Youngsters walk on the evocative wooden terraces at Top Field. Credit @laythy29 Twitter and Instagram Youngsters walk on the evocative wooden terraces at Top Field. Credit @laythy29 Twitter and Instagram

Our visit to Hereford on Saturday does not just bring back memories of our famous F A Cup meetings in 1994. It also reminds me how Hitchin Town played a small part in the re-emergence of Hereford after the original club’s sad demise. On 25 April 2015 Hitchin played a Hereford Supporters team managed by the Hereford legend Ricky George. The game took place on the date the original league game was due to be played. It was a pay what you want game and we made a donation to the Hereford Supporters Trust. The rest is history as the new Hereford have begun the climb back to Football League status but I am proud that we played a small part in their return.

FIXTURE

Saturday 18 November away to Hereford league kick off 3.00pm. Coach leaves at 9.00am.

There is no midweek fixture.

FIXTURE CHANGES

Hitchin now travel to Frome on Saturday, November 25 kick off 3pm. As both sides are out of the FA Trophy it was decided to bring forward the league game from Saturday 23 December. Hitchin will now play the home league game with Chesham on Monday, January 15 ko 7.45pm instead of Saturday 25 November as Chesham are playing in the F A Trophy that day.

HITCHIN TOWN LADIES F C

On Sunday 19 November the Ladies are at home to Welwyn Pegasus Sapphires Ladies at Swinburne Avenue kick off 2.00pm.

HITCHIN UNDER 18’S

The academy side are at home to Kings Langley on Wednesday 22 November at the Arena kick off 1.30pm. They did not have a game this week.

HERTS SENIOR CUP

If Hitchin beat Bishops Stortford they will be at home to the winners of the Boreham Wood versus Stevenage tie in the quarter final. In the semi-final the winners of the quarter-final will be at home to Ware, Welwyn Garden City, Kings Langley or Watford.

HERTS VETERANS CUP

Hitchin veterans will be at home to Tansley or Letchworth Vets in the quarter-final.

TALES OF THE TOWN - THE PERFECT STOCKING FILLER FOR HITCHIN TOWN FANS AT CHRISTMAS

Many Canary fans will remember Neil Jensen’s first book on life at Top Field called “The Men from Fishponds Road”. He has now found time to fill in the gaps and produce the definitive book on Hitchin Town FC covering its reformation in 1928 up to the present day. Neil’s book contains fascinating facts about the origins of the club’s predecessor Hitchin FC, set up at the time all players were gentlemen and were as likely to pick up the ball and run with it, as restrict themselves to kicking the ball between two uprights with no crossbar.

Containing many photographs never previously made public this book is bound to stimulate the sportsmen and women of North Herts and non-league football in general to recall memories of the flat caps and rattles days of the fifties.

The massive amount of time Neil has spent researching and writing this book, he has done at no cost to the club and in his words “represents my donation to the club’s 150 years project”.

The book will shortly be available online through the Hitchin Town FC site as well as at home games, price £14.95 plus P & P.

With thanks to the legendary Roy Izzard.

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