FA Trophy: Hitchin beat Burgess Hill to book place in first round proper

PUBLISHED: 09:11 28 November 2016 | UPDATED: 09:11 28 November 2016

Robbie Burns. Photo: Peter Else

Robbie Burns. Photo: Peter Else

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Hitchin progressed into the FA Trophy first round after coming away from the Green Elephants Stadium with a 3-0 win over the Hillians.

While last season’s win over the same opposition at Top Field was a tight game, on this occasion the Canaries took a two goal and one man advantage into the interval.

Despite a spirited second half performance by the hosts, a quality third goal near the end ensured a comfortable win.

There was a clean sheet for Michael Johnson on his return to goal in place of Luton Town loanee Liam Gooch, while Kane Smith replaced Matt Lench and Liam Brooks came in for Callum Donnelly.

Robbie Burn’s deflected effort from a Lucas Kirkpatrick corner put Hitchin ahead on 14 minutes before Burgess’ Will Miles was sent off for a handball on the line, with Ben Walster making it two from the spot.

Will Wright had a header cleared off the line as Hitchin went in search of a third in the second half, a goal which eventually came four minutes from time thanks to Brooks’ 20-yard curler.

The Canaries now await the first round draw which is today (Monday) having made the best progress in the Trophy since 1998-99 when they lost to eventual finalists Forest Green Rovers.

Burgess Hill Town: James, Richmond, Redwood, Pearse, Toure, Miles, Cox, Okwute (Richardson-Brown), Ayunga, Thompson (Brivio), Harding. Subs: Tuck, Bolton, Azaiya.

Hitchin Town: Johnson, Wright (Lench), Walster, Bickerstaff, Webb, Rolfe, Smith, Brooks (C Donnelly), B Donnelly (King), Burns, Kirkpatrick. Subs: Gooch, Barker.

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