Blues aim to end Canaries hoodoo

Blues will look to end their hoodoo against Hitchin Town when they travel to Top Field, on Saturday.

Having lost in the Herts Senior Cup final against the Canaries last season, Kevin Watson’s side have lost to their county rivals four times this season.

The Canaries won the county cup with a 2-1 victory at Hemel Hempstead a year ago and repeated that scoreline at the ProKit (UK) Stadium in September’s Herts Charity Cup semi-final.

Top scorer Jason Williams was sent off after the final whistle in October’s 4-2 BigFreeBet Cup loss at Top Field and he again saw red as a Stortford team that contained three 16-year-olds went down 3-0 in the second round of the Herts Senior Cup when they returned to Hitchin the following month.

There were no home comforts when the sides met in Stortford shortly before Christmas as two early goals set the visitors up for a comfortable 3-0 win, with Joe Robinson being sent off in injury time.

The Canaries will be celebrating on Saturday as an early goal saw them win the BigFreeBet Cup with a 1-0 home victory against Didcot Town in front of a 401 crowd.

With the Top Field pitch having drainage problems the Canaries have to play seven games in the final 15 days of the season.

Monday’s 1-0 home loss against Slough Town saw them remain in tenth place with 62 points from 42 games.

Despite their cup successes against Blues, the Canaries made little impression in the FA competitions, suffering a surprise loss on penalties against Haringey Borough in the Cup and although they hammered Cheshunt 5-0 in the Trophy, they went out at the second stage with a 3-1 loss at league rivals Chesham United.