Reunion for former heroes of Top Field

PUBLISHED: 10:16 09 February 2006 | UPDATED: 09:35 06 May 2010

Hitchin Town 0 Mangotsfield 0 Hitchin Town is paying tribute to its old boys this season. The Canaries are hosting a players reunion on Thursday, April 27, at the Canary Club. The reunion is open to players from the 1940s, 50s, 60s and 70s. And the showc

Hitchin Town 0 Mangotsfield 0

Hitchin Town is paying tribute to its old boys this season.

The Canaries are hosting a players' reunion on Thursday, April 27, at the Canary Club.

The reunion is open to players from the 1940s, 50s, 60s and 70s.

And the showcase of the evening will be the reunion of the 1961 FA Amateur Cup semi-finalists.

Among those attending will be the skipper of that team, the Dorset-based Bruce Spavins.

For further details or to submit the whereabouts of players who may be interested in attending, please call Neil Jensen on 07984 982034.

The modern day Canaries are mid-table in the Southern League Premier Division.

Saturday's game may have ended goalless but at least Hitchin continued their good run in 2006 with a point against Mangotsfield United.

Canaries fans had plenty to keep them warm in a first half that saw them outplay the visitors.

It was a different story in the second half when Hitchin lost their shape but there was enough in the performance to suggest that Salton's side are still in the ascendancy.

Hitchin welcomed back former favourite Adam Parker, who has joined the club on loan from Conference South side Thurrock.

Parker was introduced into the action when Josh Sozzo limped off in the first half.

Sozzo and his partner, Gavin Jaggard, both had volleys wide of the goal in the first period. Daniel French also had a low shot that should have found the back of the net.

The closest Hitchin came to scoring, however, was when Mark Ducket's fierce shot struck the underside of the crossbar. Parker had a header that rolled just wide of the target.

Mangotsfield's best chance fell to Martin Paul, a shot across the face of goal.

In the second half, the visitors grew in confidence and Paul brought a good save out of Wilmot after a cross by James Zabek. Glen Lamacraft also cleared a high ball off the line from Ross Casey.

At the other end, Lamacraft met a cross by Parker but his volley was saved.

There was a scare for Hitchin in added time when a shot from Rob Claridge was only just stopped by Wilmot.

Canaries: Wilmot, Pugh, Okai, Hammonds, Folds, Lochhead (Lamacraft 46), French, Cavill, Jaggard, Sozzo (Parker 37), Ducket (Daniels 70).

n They face a long trip to Bath City this Saturday.

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