Canaries defeat Weymouth to make it nine wins in a row
PUBLISHED: 19:28 12 February 2017 | UPDATED: 19:32 12 February 2017
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Manager Mark Burke missed Hitchin Town's trip to Weymouth on Saturday due to illness but the Canaries' win provided him with the perfect tonic.
It was a ninth consecutive win, seven of which have come in the league, and Hitchin have now won 14 of their last 16 games.
They remain third in the table though as the top two, Chippenham and Merthyr, have each won seven of their last eight games but there is now a gap of 10 points over the teams outside the play off positions with 14 games left to play.
Assistant boss Adam Parker was in charge and did not feel the first half performance was up to the high standards that have been set this season. But despite that it was still Hitchin who looked the more likely to score on a good playing surface. Brett Donnelly and Robbie Burns started up front while Matt Lench replaced Jonny McNamara in midfield.
Callum Donnelly shot tamely early on before Burns went close after being set up by Brett Donnelly. Brett then had a chance himself but his header was too straight and Tom McHale made a relatively easy save.
Mark Molesley then produced Weymouth’s best effort of the game so far but Michael Johnson produced a good save and when the half-time whistle blew the game was still awaiting its fist goal.
The match was settled in the early stages of the second half which saw Hitchin come out in determined fashion. Burns had another shot go wide before he delivered an excellent cross that Brett Donnelly skilfully headed in to the corner of the net for 1-0.
That came after 58 minutes and just two minutes later the roles were reversed as a ball from Brett was turned in at the far post in emphatic fashion by Burns who continued his excellent scoring run in recent games.
Hitchin: Johnson, Smith, Bickerstaff, Rolfe, Webb, Wright, Lench (McNamara 80), C Donnelly (Spence 65) B Donnelly (Brooks 74), Burns, Kirkpatrick. Subs: Bennett, King.