Chesham end Hitchin's unbeaten run

PUBLISHED: 16:08 23 November 2016 | UPDATED: 16:08 23 November 2016

Mark Burke

Mark Burke


It had to end sometime, and Hitchin's 13 game unbeaten run came to an end at Chesham United on Tuesday evening.

Mark Burke had no complaints as he thought the best team won on the night but Hitchin did press hard in the second half without really threatening to score.

Ultimately they were undone by two unopposed headers from left wing crosses in the 22nd and 49th minutes.

Hitchin made one change from the Kettering game bringing in Matt Lench at the expense of Kane Smith who dropped to the bench. Luton loanee Liam Gooch was again in goal.

The Canaries’ Callum Donnelly and Robbie Burns had shots easily saved early on before Dave Pearce produced a good cross that Sam Youngs headed into the net to open the scoring.

Chesham applied good pressure and Hitchin were happy to go in at half time just 1-0 down.

Chesham keeper Ashlee Jones seemed hesitant and fumbled one Ben Walster free-kick but Hitchin did not exert enough pressure on him.

When Blake headed home just after the break it seemed Hitchin had a mountain to climb to get back in the game.

They began to have the majority of the possession but unfortunately there was no cutting edge. Smith came on for Lench and then later Sam Barker replaced Josh Bickerstaff but Hitchin did not really trouble Jones.

Various headers were the closest Hitchin came to scoring with Bickerstaff and Will Wright both wide from free-kicks while Burns could not get any power in to his header.

Hitchin travel to Burgess Hill Town on Saturday in the FA Trophy. On Monday they host Hayes and Yeading in the league.

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