Canaries continue to ride high with victory over Weymouth
PUBLISHED: 09:40 11 January 2016 | UPDATED: 09:44 11 January 2016
Hitchin produced one of their best performances of the season as they extended their unbeaten run to eight matches.
Third in the Southern Premier table, they travelled down to seventh-place Weymouth on Saturday and ran out comfortable winners with a classy performance that saw them restrict their hosts to just one shot of note.
Matt Lench had an effort saved in the opening minutes before Callum Donnelly shot wide and Josh Bickerstaff saw his header saved by Jason Matthews as the visitors pushed for an early goal.
It finally came on 15 minutes thanks to Jonny McNamara closing down Matthews, with the goalkeeper’s skewed clearance reaching Lench 40 yards out and he fired into the empty net to give his side a deserved lead.
More chances fell to Hitchin as McNamara went close twice before the break while Lench forced another stop from Matthews.
Burke’s men had fewer opportunities to test the Weymouth keeper in the second half, though McNamara had a shot blocked.
Charlie Horlock, in the Hitchin goal, was then called into action with 15 minutes to go when he pushed a Chris Shephard free-kick over the bar.
Alasan Ann was now off the bench, and when Callum Donnelly was fouled with just over 10 minutes remaining, the substitute fired home the free-kick from 25 yards to make sure of the points.
The clean sheet was Hitchin’s sixth in the last seven matches, and they have now lost just once in 19 matches.
They now turn their attention to the Herts Senior Cup this evening (Monday) as they host Cheshunt at Top Field.
Weymouth: Matthews, Cooper, Wannell, Evans, Baldwin, Brooks, Molesley, Rigg (Kelly 60), Surridge (Yetton 67), Thomson, Shephard. Subs: Wells, McPhee, Lowea.
Hitchin: Horlock, Smith, Bickerstaff, C Donnelly, Webb, Rolfe, McNamara, Lench, Kirkpatrick (Ann 73), Burns (B Donnelly 85), Barker. Subs: Wright, Martin, Barnes.