Arlesey Town 0-4 Hitchin Town: Josh Bickerstaff brace helps seal pre-season derby win

PUBLISHED: 17:46 22 July 2018 | UPDATED: 11:53 25 July 2018

Hitchin Town beat near neighbours Arlesey Town 4-0 in a pre-season match at New Lamb Meadow.

Hitchin Town beat near neighbours Arlesey Town 4-0 in a pre-season match at New Lamb Meadow.

Robbie Burns put the Canaries ahead in under sixty seconds, before the impressive Josh Bickerstaff grabbed two goals on 27 and 65 minutes before the fourth came with moments remaining through Charlie Thrake.

On a hot day Hitchin’s Bickerstaff also missed the chance of a hat-trick after missing a penalty.

Boss for the day, Adam Parker, deptusing for Canaries manager Mark Burke, told CometSport: “Josh played well and it’s a shame he didn’t get a hat-trick but I’m pleased with the performance. The squad has been working hard in pre-season and it was good to get another game under out belts.”

The scoreline may have been emphatic but it didn’t detract from the excellent work dynamic new boss Matty Endersby and his staff have been doing this summer with the Blues.

The engaging Endersby has assembled an impressive backroom staff as he bids to take them out of the Spartans South Midlands League at the first time of asking.

Speaking to CometSport on the pitch moments after the match Endersby said: “A 4-0 defeat is a disappointing result but I’m not disappointed with the performance.

“My lads have worked exceptionally hard this summer and have all bought in to what we’re trying to achieve. We’ve got high hopes for this season and this result doesn’t affect my target of promotion this season.

“I’m very proud of my team. Good to luck to Hitchin.”

See CometSport’s Stevenage and non-league supplement out next week for a feature on Endersby and the Blues.

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