Sunday, 11 October 2015

ENFIELD TOWN V HITCHIN TOWN ENDS IN A DRAW

In front of a crowd of 883 people (which is a record for an Enfield Town competitive match at Donkey Lane) the FA Cup 3rd Qualifying Round ended 0-0 with Hitchin Town yesterday afternoon. Hitchin had alot of possession in the first half but it was Town who had the best chance when Ryan Doyle's looping shot from the edge of the box following a short corner was tipped over by The Canaries goalkeeper Charlie Horlock. Harry Ottaway will know he should done better when he received the ball at the far post in lots of space but didn't manage to get an effort on target.

With so much riding on the game it turned out to be a tense affair with Hitchin Town having the best chances of the second period. Enfield Town goalkeeper made a number of impressive saves including a stand out one when the away side's impressive left midfielder Johnny McNamara. Hitchin's powerful centre back and captain Alasan Ann also stood out for me with an dominant performance in the heart of the defence for Mark Burke's side. He may be a little bit more busier in the replay, which will be played tomorrow evening at Top Field, as Bobby Devyne (who has been suspended for the last three games) may return for Bradley Quinton's side.

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The amazing crowd of 883 on Non-League Day was beaten in other FA Cup games by Maidstone United's 1,583 figure against Dunstable Town and the 923 who saw Solihull Moors 1-1 draw with Worcester City. The final game of the round, FC United's home clash with Buxton, is due to be played today the crowd of which will probably beat all three of those figures. 

Elsehwere 420 people packed out Lowfield to see Spartan South Midlands Leauge side Hoddesdon Town draw 0-0 with Ryman Premier side Brentwood Town. Their replay will be played at The Arena on Tuesday evening. That game will be The Lillywhite's SEVENTH match in this season's competition - This is all the more incredible when you read that Arsenal played just SIX times to win the FA Cup in the past two seasons.

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