Hay to make more changes
Canaries manager Darran Hay has promised even more changes after defeat to Mangotsfield left his team just a point above the bottom of the BGB Premier Division table. Hay has already seen half a dozen players move out of Top Field and there are hints at f
Canaries manager Darran Hay has promised even more changes after defeat to Mangotsfield left his team just a point above the bottom of the BGB Premier Division table.
Hay has already seen half a dozen players move out of Top Field and there are hints at further comings and goings at the club as he tries to get the blend right. "I won't rest until we do turn things around," he said as he approaches 12 months in charge at Hitchin.
Three new players started against Mangotsfield, the sort of game that the Canaries have to win if they are to steer clear of danger.
The referee was jeered off the pitch by both sets of supporters after showing three red cards during the contest.
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Of Hay's new signings, Des Boateng looked the most impressive. He strode around the midfield in style, showing some good vision and undoubted energy.
In defence, both Barnet youngster Marcus Rose and Wycombe's Darrell Ellams, looked comfortable.
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But Mangotsfield took the lead after 12 minutes when a cross by Danny Wring was headed home at the near post by Mitchell Page. Hitchin came back with Luke Gregson just failing to connect with the ball when an Ellams free kick was parried by Mangotsfield keeper Josh Clapham only as far as the big midfielder.
Paul Barnes was denied by Clapham after he controlled the ball and created a chance for himself and Brett Donnelly should have done better when a Barnes cross landed on his head.
A long range volley by Boateng was only inches too high as Hitchin ended the half on top.
Hitchin could have levelled in the 49th minute, when Brett Donnelly was slow to react to the ball after Gregson struck the top of the crossbar.
Just six minutes later, the former Arlesey striker was sent off after pushing a Mangotsfield player to the ground.
Hitchin grabbed a lifeline in the 61st minute when a penalty was awarded for a push in the area. Paul Barnes scored from the spot to level the scores.
It was 10-aside in the 65th minute when Scott Hendy was sent off for a handball offence, but Hitchin failed to push on from their early second half ascendancy.
Page hit a post as Mangotsfield got back on top and in the 76th minute, the home side took the lead once more.
Marcus Duharty slid the ball home after good work down the flank by Tom Collet. Page was dismissed in the 80th minute after putting the ball in the net after being flagged offside.
Hitchin couldn't make the breakthrough in the closing stages, leaving Darran Hay frustrated for the third consecutive weekend.
If the post-match discussions become a reality, his team could have a different shape in the coming weeks.
Canaries: Bennett, Cox, Ellams (Bull 77), Stupple, Gilbert, Rose, Williams, Gregson, P.Barnes, Donnelly, Boateng (Doyle 68)