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The Vanarama National League South
11th
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Hitchin treble downs Rebels

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Att: 414
Slough Town
0 - 3
Hitchin Town
Parker (9), Lamey (57, 79)
Darron Wilkinson
The Rebels' fight against relegation continued with arguably the side's worst performance of the season against a mid table Hitchin side.

Hitchin took the lead after only nine minutes. Carl Williams' cross was converted by Hitchin's skipper Adam Parker.

With just ten minutes of the match it looked like Hitchin would go and add more. Slough's all round play was terrible. The defence was being ripped apart, in midfield passes were astray and we hardly got a look in up front.

Hitchin had a strong wind in the first half, which helped them put ball'slong over the Slough defence and it was a long ball which found Akurang with a run on goal after 33 minutes. He ran at Stott and Daly which he beat both and with just Mautone to beat, lost his composure and sidefooted straight at Steve Mautone in the Slough goal.

Just before the break Slough had their best chance of the half. A through ball found Garry Cross on the right, but his effort just went wide of the far post with Robinson beaten.

Slough would need to perform a lot, lot better in the second half and made two substitutions straight away. Rainford replaced an out of sorts Paul Holsgrove and Chris White replaced the injured Garry Cross.

Those changes, and the fact that Slough had the wind advantage this half made Slough look the better side in the opening ten minutes, and on 52 minutes they had a grat chance to equalise. arrowcliff played the ball through to Markman with only Robinson to beat, but Markman fired straight at the keeper when he should have done a lot better.

After this chance was missed you expected Slough to create more chances, but they soon fell back into their first half ways. It was no surprise when Hitchin doubled their lead when Bone's cross was headed in by former Cambridge United apprentice Nathan Lamey, the only Hitchin player inside the box, who headed home unchallenged.

Hitchin did receive a blow though when their young striker Cliff Akurang was sent off for a swinging elbow on Chris White. But despite the sending off Hitchin were still firmly in control and added the third when Lamey beat Daly and shot past Steve Mautone.

Hitchin Town Line up

Robinson, Bone, Grime, Allpress, Gretton, Beevor, Williams, Lamey, Akurang, Parker, Kean. Subs: Nolan, Dillnutt, Simpson.

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