Hitchcock settles top-of-the-table clash for Harpenden

Mark Hitchcock regrets not taking his chance

Mark Hitchcock regrets not taking his chance - Credit: Archant

Harpenden Town won an exciting top of the table clash against Baldock Town on Saturday (Sept 27) with just one goal separating these two highly-competitive teams.

Mark Hitchcock’s 50th minute strike from the edge of the box made the difference. He was always Harpenden’s most combative player and, after beating defenders on the edge of the box, fired a shot into the left hand corner of the net.

Manager Danny Plumb said: “This was a hard fought game against a good team but we showed lots of character to get a result and grind out a win.

“It was a well taken goal from Mark that gave us the victory.

“We will need to show the same character for the next month as most of our games are away from home.”

Through a fluke of the fixture list, Harpenden have only one game at home, a Tuesday night clash with Southall on October 21, in the whole of the next month.

But the win against Baldock meant that Harpenden have stretched their lead at the top of the SSML Division One to four points.

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The game started at a furious pace as both teams knew the importance of the clash.

Baldock had the best of the first half denied by solid goalkeeping from Harpenden’s Sam Taylor.

Hitchcock’s goal steadied Harpenden in the second half but Baldock hit the bar on 70 mins with a header from a corner.

Baldock stretched Harpenden’s defence several times but failed to get the equaliser before Harry Hunt broke clear in the 95th minute and rattled the crossbar with a stunning strike as the team held on for the win.