Hitchin Town round-up: Mark Burke’s managerial notes and all your latest Top Field news

PUBLISHED: 14:32 08 December 2017 | UPDATED: 14:32 08 December 2017

Hitchin Town play at Top Field again tomorrow. Credit @laythy29

Hitchin Town play at Top Field again tomorrow. Credit @laythy29


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Canary Corner at Hitchin Town. Credit @laythy29Canary Corner at Hitchin Town. Credit @laythy29



Hitchin Town's Top Field. Credit @laythy29Hitchin Town's Top Field. Credit @laythy29

I was very happy with our first half performance and thought some of our approach play was very good. We kept the ball on the ground and played an attractive style of football. We created numerous chances without having that clinical finish so it was goalless at half time. Dunstable deserved credit for working very hard at preventing us from scoring but that is only what I expected.

We got off to a great start in the second half as we scored within two minutes. But I was a little frustrated that we did not kick on and put Dunstable to the sword. However I was happy to get the three points and a clean sheet.

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We began out Herts Senior Cup campaign against a youthful Bishops Stortford side as we looked to retain the trophy for a third consecutive season. Once again we played some flowing, passing football and looked dangerous in attack. I was also pleased with our defending as we restricted the chances they were able to create.

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We virtually killed the game off with three quick strikes before half time and I was very content . Stortford should have scored soon after the interval and we were fortunate to be let off as  had the chance been taken the game could have been more interesting.

I was very disappointed with the actions of Ben Walster who was deservedly red carded for an awful challenge. This is unacceptable and he will be dealt with internally.

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On  Saturday we face a tough trip to Dorchester who despite losing on Monday have a good home record and we will not take the game lightly. Their manager Steve Thompson has started to mould his team to the way he wants to play. They have been missing key players who are now returning and we will need to be on our game to get a result.


Slough have had a fantastic season so far and deservedly enjoyed the media spotlight for their F A Cup exploits. I know their managers Bakes and Unders will be firmly turning their attention back to the league and they are in a great position at the moment.

We have lost our last two games to Slough and I am certainly out for revenge. It will be good to see Matt Lench again but hopefully he will be returning to Slough empty handed.


The club has offered its congratulations to Kavan Cotter who was recalled from his loan spell at Hitchin to play for Luton in their Checkatrade Trophy game against West Ham Under 21s on Tuesday. Kavan played in midfield and to cap a great night scored his first senior goal in a 4-0 win.

Hitchin have signed Kevin Byrne – a 21-year-old defender, born in Florida who has played for Parkland Predators in America.

Jay Dowie, Charlie Smith and Brett Donnelly face fitness tests ahead of the Dorchester game.


Saturday sees Hitchin play away to Dorchester in the Evo-Stik Premier Division, kick off 3pm. Coach leaves at 9am.

The Canaries are at home to Slough at Top Field on Monday, kick off 7.45pm.


The draw for the quarter finals:

Hitchin Town v Boreham Wood

Welwyn Garden City v Kings Langley or Watford

Hoddesdon Town V Harpenden Town

Hertford Town v Berkhamsted or Royston


Hitchin Town Vets will be at home to Tansley in the quarter final of the Vets County Cup. The game will be played at Top Field on Sunday, January 14, 2018.


Despite the huge disappointment of not being able to obtain the promised supply of Tales of the Town last week, for which the club has apologised they remain optimistic the books will be with them by the end of next week – meaning all things being equal they will be on sale at Kettering home game on Saturday, December 1. Online orders are expected to be fulfilled in time for Christmas.


The Ladies are at home to Garston Ladies on Sunday at Swinburne Avenue kick off 2.00pm.


Please support the Race Night at Canary Club on Friday 8 December. There is free admission and the first race is at 7.30pm. All profits go to  the ground regeneration fund. There is tote style betting at £1 per bet and it is always an enjoyable evening. One of the races features horses owned by the players which is always interesting to see what names they choose!

With thanks as ever to the legendary Roy Izzard

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