Blues 0 Hitchin Town 3 – pics added
Blues have now lost to their Herts rivals five times in the last nine months , and to compound their woes they saw Joe Robinson sent off for a second yellow card in injury time.
Despite missing leading scorer Jason Williams due to injury, Kevin Watson welcomed back player-coach Mark Hughes after two months out injured, and keeper Harry Voss also returned to the squad after his loan spell at Northwood was cut short by injury three weeks ago.
Hughes and Voss were both named on the bench as Watson had the luxury of a full bench for the first time in a couple of months, with the former returning to action 18 minutes after the break. George Casey also returned to the side following suspension.
The visitors took the lead after just three minutes when skipper Dan Webb was left unmarked to powerfully head home.
The Blue Brazil could have levelled in the sixth minute when Ager just failed to connect with an excellent cross from Darren Foxley.
Tom Clifford forced a good save from Johnson with a trademark free-kick and Josh Simpson saw an effort deflected wide only to see the referee give a goal kick as Blues started the second half well.
Dean Ager fired over the bar after a good ball from Dipo Akinyemi, but the visitors wrapped up the scoring as the game entered injury with Robinson seeing red for a foul in the box, and Kirkpatrick converted the spot kick to complete a miserable night for the Blues.
Blues: T McCarthy, G Casey, T Clifford, J Simpson (C Taylor 72), M Ekpiteta, J Robinson, D Ager, J Thomas, D Akinyemi, J Westcott (M Hughes 63), Foxley. Unused subs: H Voss, A Mason, M Brassington.