Gallery: Canaries draw with City
Hitchin Town 1 Cambridge City 1 Honours may have been even, but both sides were claiming they could have won this tame local derby at Top Field on Bank Holiday Monday. Although Cambridge City may have taken until 76 minutes to score a goal, Hitchin could
Hitchin Town 1 Cambridge City 1
Honours may have been even, but both sides were claiming they could have won this tame local derby at Top Field on Bank Holiday Monday.
Although Cambridge City may have taken until 76 minutes to score a goal, Hitchin could have few complaints that the visitors came away with a point.
Likewise, Hitchin also did enough to earn something from the game.
You may also want to watch:
But by the end of the 90 minutes, the Canaries looked tired and slightly jaded, four games in nine days taking their toll.
The first period did little to excite the 500-plus crowd. The best chance, until Hitchin took the lead, was an overhead kick by Drew Roberts from a Ben Nunn cross that was just over the top of the home goal.
- 1 Major application submitted for 1,500 new homes on land west of Stevenage
- 2 Man left seriously injured after motorcycle crash
- 3 Will loss of free parking cause death of high street?
- 4 Venue loss forces lifeline community group to close
- 5 Baby boutique born in lockdown welcomes first customers
- 6 Bringing home the bacon: Martyn's joy at Radio 1 rasher fame
- 7 Arson attack causes thousands of pounds worth of damage to rural Herts pub
- 8 Plan to transform Baldock pub in to block of six flats is approved
- 9 Decision for development off Letchworth country lane deferred
- 10 Is the era of face-to-face GP appointments over in Hertfordshire?
In the 39th minute, Hitchin took the lead with a surprise goal. Ian Draycott sent over a high cross that seemed to deceive former Canary keeper Richard Wilmot and it landed behind him and in the net. Draycott's humble reaction suggested he was just as shocked with the outcome!
Cambridge went close to equalising in the opening minutes of the second period, Dave Theobald sending a glancing header just wide.
Paul Barnes, as ever the Hitchin dangerman, forced Wilmot into a good save after he forced his way through the Cambridge defence and Mark Barnes went close with a volley after Derwayne Stupple had found the Hitchin substitute.
In the 76th minute, Cambridge levelled, Josh Simpson sending a pinpoint through ball into the path of Scott Neilson and he guided the ball just over the body of Hitchin goalkeeper Martin Bennett who had bravely come out to meet the player.
After the goal, Cambridge looked the more likely side, with Roberts chipping just over the bar after a long ball by Wilmot.
The final chances fell to Hitchin, however, with Mark Barnes' low shot deflected for a corner and Luke Gregson volleying wide.
Canaries: Bennett, Pepper, Wilson (Clark 77m), Williams, Gilbert, Smith, Gregson, Stupple, P Barnes (Bull 89m), Draycott (M Barnes 65m), Woolf.