WADERS EARN LO­CAL PRIDE

The Non-League Football Paper - - EVO-STIK LEAGUE SOUTH - By Colin Ridg­way

BIG­GLESWADE Town pre­vailed in the lo­cal derby with more ease than the score­line sug­gested.

In do­ing so, they com­pleted the dou­ble over their neigh­bours and put a dent in Hitchin’s play-off hopes.

The hosts had a penalty shout af­ter ten min­utes when Jonny McNa­mara’s shot bob­bled in the six-yard box and ap­peared to strike a hand.

On 21 min­utes, Hitchin front man El­liot Bai­ley found him­self clear on goal only to be de­nied by Sam Donkin.

The vis­i­tors had al­ready proved a threat to Hitchin’s makeshift back four, with Greg Kaz­i­boni in par­tic­u­lar con­stantly prob­ing the de­fence.

The soli­tary Waders goal on 25 min­utes came straight from the train­ing ground, as Shane Hill played a free-kick into the path of the over­lap­ping Tony Bur­nett, whose chipped cross was turned in by Con­nor Hall.

Af­ter the break, Hitchin’s search for an equaliser saw them tak­ing risks at the back with Kaz­aboni and ex-Ca­nary Liam Brooks both run­ning at the de­fence and Michael John­son hav­ing to make a string of saves to keep the score down.

Hitchin Town threw on all three sub­sti­tutes but strug­gled to cre­ate, with Brett Don­nelly’s header eas­ily saved. STAR MAN: Greg Kaz­i­boni (Big­gleswade) EN­TER­TAIN­MENT: ★★★★★

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