Thursday, 7 November 2013

CANARIES ON THE ROAD TO LETCHWORTH

Not many people in Canary Corner just before the delayed kick-off

The Bedford Road End in the Second Half was more sparsely populated than....
 
..in April 2011 when Hitchin Town hosted Slough Town in the Southern League Division One (Central) play-off semi-final. 
Hitchin Town of the Calor League Premier Division welcomed Oxhey Jets of the Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division to Top Field on Monday night for a Hertfordshire Senior Cup Round One match. The result was never in doubt after The Canaries (Step 3 on the non-league ladder) scored in the first minute against the visitors who play at Step 5.

The kick-off was delayed for ten minutes from 7.45pm to 7.55pm as The Jets had been held up in heavy traffic on their journey and not as the PA announcer joked 'to allow some more people into the ground' as there wasn't a big crowd present on the night. The attendance was announced as 61 people which is in stark contrast to the 320 who saw their league game against Truro City on Saturday. Alarm bells won't be ringing though as historically for most clubs at this level of football the county and league cup games have always been poorly attended.

Both teams played some good football but it was Town who were the deserved winners on the night who go through to the second round and on the road to Letchworth. Those Canary fans who statyed away missed what could of been the goal of the season had the Jets goalkeeper not made a good save late on in the game after a 'Tika-Taka' move of over 30 passes by the home side.

MATCH HIGHLIGHTS BELOW
inc all four of the goals scored



Hitchin Town face Hoddesdon Town, who won comfortably 7-1 against Leverstock Green on Tuesday night, in the Second Round.

HERTFORDSHIRE FA SENIOR CHALLENGE CUP 2013/14

FIRST ROUND
WARE 1 TRING ATHLETIC 3
STEVENAGE 4 LONDON COLNEY 0
CHESHUNT 5 LONDON LIONS 0
HODDESDON TOWN 7 LEVERSTOCK GREEN 1
COLNEY HEATH 0 ST MARGARETSBURY 2
HITCHIN TOWN 4 OXHEY JETS 0
SAWBRIDGEWORTH TOWN 3 HERTFORD TOWN 3 (AET - 2-3 on PENS)

ROYSTON TOWN  v ST ALBANS CITY - 12/11/13
HADLEY v WATFORD - TBA - was postponed on 6/11/13 due to waterlogged pitch

SECOND ROUND
due to be played on the week beginning Monday 2nd December
TRING ATHLETIC v STEVENAGE
HITCHIN TOWN v HODDESDON TOWN
HERTFORD TOWN v ROYSTON TOWN or ST ALBANS CITY
ST MARGARETSBURY v HEMEL HEMPSTEAD TOWN
BISHOPS STORTFORD v CHESHUNT
HATFIELD TOWN v BARNET
POTTERS BAR TOWN v HADLEY or WATFORD
BERKHAMSTEAD v BOREHAM WOOD

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