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Late Spot-Kick Drama Seals Hitchin Win

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Hitchin Town moved back into third place in the Evo-Stik League Southern Premier Division table on Monday night following a 2-1 win against second-bottom Cirencester Town.

However, this Top Field encounter was far from easy for the Canaries against a resilient Ciren side who had lost only once in their previous five games.

Indeed, the 340 crowd saw the high-flying hosts struggle against a determined visiting outfit who held Hitchin to 0-0 at half-time.

The breakthrough finally came 20 minutes from time when former Luton Town midfielder Matthew Spring, who had been signed on dual registration earlier in the day, fired in a low effort from outside the box which took a deflection to beat Glyn Garner.

But instead of folding, Cirencester bounced back and equalised 7 minutes later when a Lee Spalding cross was met by player boss Charlie Griffin, who headed past Michael Johnson.

The visitors` hopes of getting a fourth 1-1 draw in five games were dashed in the 84th minute when Garner was adjudged to have fouled Dan Webb as both went for the ball.

The referee awarded a penalty and, after a lengthy delay following a fracas between both teams, Will Wright converted the spot-kick to win the points for Hitchin.

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Former Swansea City and Kettering Town defender who has been managing the likes of Kettering Town u18s, Rothwell Town, Desborough Town and Wellingborough Town for 33 years as well as being technical director at AFC Rushden & Diamonds. Began in non-League journalism as editor of Team Talk magazine back in the early 1990s and then as editor of Non-League Daily, joining Pitchero to set up Pitchero Non-League in January 2011. Also works for the National League.

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