Hitchin Town v Hereford FC: PLAYER RATINGS

PUBLISHED: 14:36 01 May 2018 | UPDATED: 14:36 01 May 2018

Hitchin Town lost 3-0 at Top Field to champions Hereford FC. Credit: Peter Else

Hitchin Town lost 3-0 at Top Field to champions Hereford FC. Credit: Peter Else

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Hitchin Town hosted Evo-Stik Southern Premier champions at Top Field in their final home match of the season.

Read Layth Yousif’s PLAYER RATINGS from a wet night on Fishponds Road that saw the Canaries put up a spirited battle with a weakened side despite losing 3-0.

Michael Johnson: 7 - Solid and not afraid to come off his line when required. Showed good handling and footwork in wet conditions

Toby Syme: 7 - Worked hard and stuck to his task throughout the match. Vocal organiser.

Daniel Olaniran: 7 - Full of running and bags of enthusiasm.

Kevin Byrne: 7 - Replaced at half time but gave his all

James Budden: 6.5 - Taken off for Trey Charles as the inexperienced backline saw Donnelly drop into the back four while the more attacking Charles went further forward

Josh Bickerstaff: 7.5 - Consistent as ever in marshalling an inexperienced backline. Many seasoned observers think he should be player of the season. This correspondent agrees.

Matthew Spring: 7 - A calm, experienced head. Excellent at breaking up play and playing simple balls for colleagues to attempt to put pressure on the full backs

Charlie Smith: 5.5 - Not afraid to play it long but the match passed him by for long spells

Brett Donnelly: 7 - Added bite as ever. Always the team man as witnessed by bolstering the young backline while adding steel

Robbie Burns: 6.5 - Showed he’s a good team man by slotting in as a right-wing back and gave his all

Connor Vincent: 7 - Good moment on and off the ball in energy-sapping conditions. Cheeky backheel in a crowded box late on almost paid dividends

Substitutes:

Jonny McNamara: 7 - on at half time for the injured Kevin Byrne

Trey Charles: 7 - on for Budden as he slotted into Donnelly’s position while the tough Canary slotted into defence

*The club host their end of season awards at Top Field on Friday. It will take place in the Canary Club, with a 7.30pm start.

All supporters are welcome, there is no entrance fee, and there will be a buffet.

Hereford FC

Will Puddy: 7 - Rock steady keeper on the three occasions this correspondent has seen him this season - slips in wet conditions excepted. Good anticipation at times

Dara O’Shea: 7 - Always looked to supplement attacks from his position on the right side of defence. Impressive this season and tonight was no different. This 19-year-old is a real prospect after arriving from West Brom

James Bowen: 7.5 - Provided the cross for Haysham to score and was a constant threat down the left flank in difficult conditions

Billy Murphy: 7 - Happy to do unsung work as a defensive shield in front of the back four

Ryan Green: 7.5 - The uncompromising Bulls captain helped earn a clean sheet with a solid performance.

Jordan Liburd: 7 - A no nonsense type but capable of finesse

Lance Smith: 7.5 - Saw him score against North Herts neighbours Royston Town at Edgar Street but missed a chance early in the second half when it looked easier to score. Made amends shortly after with the Bulls second

Mike McGrath: 7 - Contributed to his team clinching another three points as the Bulls made it 110 points for the season but missed a half chance late on to make it three

Jennison Myrie-Williams: 8 - Impressed when he played against the Waders when Hereford won the title and showed off his trickery at Top Field. Excellent composure when slotting home for the Bulls number three

Pablo Haysham: 7.5 - Excellent glancing header to put the Bulls ahead

Mike Symons: 6.5 - Not as influential as he would have liked and could have shown more composure when well-placed

Substitutes:

Elliot Richards on for late on

Cameron Pring on for Lance Smith

John Mills on for Symons with a minute to go

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