Canaries dealt a blow as Slough hold on
PUBLISHED: 20:44 24 January 2016 | UPDATED: 21:06 24 January 2016
Hitchin are hanging on to a play-off place by goal difference after their second successive league defeat.
Their hosts hadn’t been in league action since a defeat to Chesham on Boxing Day, but they were able to hold on for all three points after taking the lead just before half-time.
Lewis Putman, a one-time target for the Canaries, tested Hitchin goalkeeper Charlie Horlock early doors while the keeper also saved from Charlie Mpi.
For Hitchin, Robbie Burns saw his header saved by the home side’s keeper Mark Scott.
The game’s only goal came on 43 minutes when the ball wasn’t cleared on the left side of Hitchin’s goal and Putman fired home from an angle to give Horlock no chance.
Early in the second half the goalkeeper was forced into a save from Warren Harris while, at the other end, Alasan Ann fired a free-kick over the bar.
Lee Barney then got on the end of a Mpi ball in, but he fired wide when it was almost as easy to hit the target.
Scott saved from Jonny McNamara as Hitchin tried to get back on level terms, but at the other end Horlock was then in action again with a double save from Putman and Scott Harris.
As two of the six floodlights went out so did Hitchin’s chances of getting a point when another chance, from Burns, was saved by Scott.
Slough: Scott, Fraser, Dhillon, Hollis, Hicks, Rumbold, Putman, Webb, Mpi, Barney (S Harris), W Harris (Gokman). Subs: Sear, Smith.
Hitchin: Horlock, Smith, Bickerstaff, Ann, Webb, Walster, McNamara, Callum Donnelly, Kirkpatrick (B Donnelly), Burns, Rolfe. Subs: Wright, Johnson, Brooks, Barnes.