Tiverton Town v Hitchin Town preview

PUBLISHED: 13:45 08 September 2017 | UPDATED: 13:49 08 September 2017

Hitchin Town boss has spoken to CometSport before heading to Tiverton. Picture: Danny Loo

Hitchin Town boss has spoken to CometSport before heading to Tiverton. Picture: Danny Loo


Hitchin Town boss Mark Burke is looking to put the disappointment of Monday’s FA Cup exit behind them as they take on Evo-Stik Southern Premier League rivals Tiverton Town on Saturday.

Burke described the 3-2 exit on penalties afetr a 1-1 after extra time against Haringey Borough as a ‘big disappointment’ but expects his team to bounce back.

Tiverton, along with Merthyr, is the longest trip Hitchin have to face in the division this term but the team are looking to kick-start their season.

Speaking to CometSport Burke said: “It’s nice to break up the league campaign with cup fixtures but our bread-and-butter is the league – and if we are to take a positive from the game it’s the fact that we can now look to improve our league form as we look to climb the table.

“It’s a long season and we have to improve by taking small steps.”

Morale is understandably lower after a defeat than a victory following the club’s sticky start to the season, with them lying in 16th position but Burke has said the team are training well as they went back to basics ahead of the long trip to Devon tomorrow and is confident of getting a result.

In terms of injuries, Brett Donnelly’s knock against Biggleswade Town was ‘bad enough’ and he will miss Tiverton tomorrow, and Slough on Tuesday, as will Connor Vincent whose broken hand is still on the mend. Elliot Bailey has a slight ankle injury but could feature tomorrow, while Trey Charles and Jay Dowie both picked up minor knocks last night at training but should be fit to play a part. Other than that, the Canaries have a full squad available.

Not that Burke’s side are in bad form - inside of 90 minutes, Hitchin are now unbeaten in the last three. In order to keep that momentum going, the Herts Charity Cup semi final away at Bishop’s Stortford has been brought forward to a week Saturday.

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