Bick­er­staff se­cures sec­ond win

The Non-League Football Paper - - SATURDAY MATCH CENTRE -

HITCHIN achieved only their sec­ond league win of the sea­son, but in com­fort­able style.

They took the lead af­ter 11 min­utes when Isaac Gal­li­ford’s per­sis­tence kept the ball in play close to the line and his per­fect cross saw Michael Cain’s strong left­footed shot find the top left cor­ner.

Bar­well’s Liam Cana­van headed over the bar fol­low­ing a cor­ner.

On the half-hour mark a cor­ner from Gal­li­ford fell neatly to Josh Bick­er­staff who put the Hert­ford­shire side fur­ther ahead from close range to give the hosts an un­prece­dented two-goal cush­ion. Eliot Put­man’s header for the Le­ices­ter­shire-based Ca­naries was held by Michael John­son close to the in­ter­val.

Two min­utes into the sec­ond half, Ezra Forde came close to adding a third goal but the ball struck the foot of the post.

Lewis Fer­rell and Cain both tested Liam Cas­tle, and Hitchin again threat­ened from a rapid suc­ces­sion of free kicks, the clos­est be­ing a header from the vet­eran Matt Nolan.

Bar­well pushed hard in the clos­ing stages with a good shot from Robert Mor­gan, but Hitchin were com­fort­able and ul­ti­mately glad of max­i­mum points.

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