Hitchin Town round-up: Mark Burke’s managerial notes and all your latest Top Field news
PUBLISHED: 14:21 19 January 2018 | UPDATED: 14:21 19 January 2018
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MANAGER’S NOTES WITH MARK BURKE
Despite a very poor performance and defeat to our neighbours Biggleswade Town we must not allow ourselves to get too down. We experienced a performance when the majority of players had an off day but I am confident that we will dust ourselves down. Pick ourselves up and prepare ourselves for another difficult game at Stratford.
Our season has been sporadic with sequences of results that have been both up and down. What we need to do between now and the end of the season is to find some consistency and a run of results that will see us finish in the top ten and hopefully win some silverware. This is a time for everyone at Hitchin Town--players, officials, management and players--to stick together and face the challenges ahead.
We have another difficult fixture on Saturday when we visit Stratford which has not been a happy hunting ground in the past. We will need to break the current cycle of results to try and get our league form back on track. Stratford have demonstrated they are a match for any team in the league on their day and they have a good home record.
This will be a good opportunity for our players to make amends for the Biggleswade performance.
We are back in County Cup action on Monday when we welcome Boreham Wood in the quarter final. I am looking forward to seeing Kane Smith return and there is no doubt that it will be another hard game as Boreham Wood are having a brilliant season. Manager Luke Garrard has done an unbelievable job in competing with so many well supported big clubs in the National League and they had good runs in the FA Cup and FA Trophy as well. We will need to raise our game to meet the challenge.
Kavan Cotter has been recalled by parent club Luton Town, having been on loan at Top Field since August and he will not be returning in the immediate future. He made 30 appearances for the Canaries in this time while also turning out for the Hatters in the Checkatrade Trophy. He was on the bench as Luton bowed out of the Trophy against Peterborough last week. The club would like to thank Kavan for his performances and wish him well for his future career.
Jay Dowie is injured and will miss the Stratford game.
Connor Vincent and Brett Donnelly are available for the Stratford game while Josh Bickerstaff faces a late fitness test.
Jack Green has been told to have a six week rest after his scan.
Saturday, January 20, away to Stratford in the Evo-Stik Southern Premier, kick off 3.00pm. Coach leaves at 10.45am.
Monday, January 22, home to Boreham Wood in the Herts Senior Cup, kick off 7.45pm.
BIGFREEBET.COM CHALLENGE CUP
The draw has been made for the quarter finals.
Didcot Town v Redditch United
Frome Town/Taunton Town v Larkhall Athletic
Hitchin Town v Kempston Rovers
Hayes & Yeading v Marlow
Our game will take place on Monday, January 29, kick off 7.45pm.
Dates for forthcoming rounds
Semi-Final w/c 19th February 2018
Final (1st Leg) w/c 19th March 2018
Final (2nd Leg) w/c 9th April 2018
HITCHIN TOWN UNDER 19s
The academy team were beaten 3-2 by top of the table Sutton United on Wednesday in an entertaining game. They have no game next week.
Congratulations to Steve Conroy who this week was confirmed as first team manager of Kings Langley.
HERTS SENIOR CUP
Royston won 3-0 at Hertford on Tuesday and will be away to Hoddesdon Town in the semi-final.