Canaries beaten by holders

Hitchin Town tumbled out of the Herts Senior Cup on Tuesday night. They were beaten 1-0 at Top Field by holders Bishop s Stortford, the team which beat Stevenage Boro in last year s final. The Canaries travel to BGB Premier Division leaders Bath City on S

Hitchin Town tumbled out of the Herts Senior Cup on Tuesday night.

They were beaten 1-0 at Top Field by holders Bishop's Stortford, the team which beat Stevenage Boro in last year's final.

The Canaries travel to BGB Premier Division leaders Bath City on Saturday hoping to end a run of three successive defeats.

Their senior cup defeat was another disappointment after Saturday's second-half collapse against Tiverton.

Bath are a point ahead of Mangotsfield at the top of the table and are unbeaten in five games.

They have shown some vulnerability at home, however, and have been beaten by both Clevedon and Stamford.

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Canaries manager Darren Salton said: "Bath are flying at the moment and as an ambitious club they must feel that they are at last getting it right.

"This will be a tough game, but it will also test our character after three disappointing results."

On Tuesday night, Hitchin are at home to struggling Maidenhead (7.45pm ko). The Magpies are no strangers to Top Field - they were regular visitors when the two clubs were in the Ryman League.

Stotfold were beaten 5-2 at old rivals St Neots in the first round of the Hunts Premier Cup.

The first goal of the evening came from Stotfold's Ryan Aldrin.

After hitting the upright three minutes earlier, he struck an unstoppable volley from the right of the box on 13 minutes.

Steve Young's men drew level six minutes later when Mark Franklin ran in from the right and shot low under Tony Harvey.

A slice of luck gave Saints the lead when Wes Byrne's shot from the edge of the box looked as if it had been palmed over the bar, looped up and fell into the back of the net on the half hour.

Ten minutes later, the assistant referee flagged for a penalty as Byrne tried to wriggle round Jamie Taylor. Captain Russell Lawes stepped up and sent Harvey the wrong way.

The start of the second half saw a cracking shot from Byrne fly in under Harvey on 49 minutes.

The rest of the half saw a few blocked shots with both of the goals coming at the end.

Craig Reynolds curled the ball in with his left foot three minutes from time make it 5-1 and a minute later, Stotfold sub Ryan Nichol picked his spot nicely from the edge of the box.

Rokermen: Harvey, Rennie (Philbin), Ettitnne, R Mitchell (Nichol), Taylor, Penny, Aldrin (Bowskill), Beckwith, Moulton, Downham, J Mitchell.

Langford won a seven-goal thriller against Wootton Blue Cross to move into the semi-finals of the North Beds Charity Cup.

Despite Wootton's Craig Daniel scoring a hat-trick, the Reds won it late on through Gareth Grant. Goals from Rob Groves, Ricky Case and Marc Barnes had put them in with a shout.