|Tyson comes back to haunt us.
Nathan Tyson came back to haunt us last night when he burst through to grab the winner for Cheltenham in this match that should have been wrapped up by halftime.
Stuart Brock's underpants must have changed colour when he saw Tyson speeding towards him, luckily for him he decided to shoot well before he reached Brockie.
Not so lucky for us was the result, our first defeat by Cheltenham since we got into the league.
We had 75% of the possession in the first half with only one goal to show for our efforts.
That was a cracker of a goal from Larkin.
From a poorly cleared corner Dean Bennett sent the ball back into the box for Broughton to rise majestically and knock down the perfect header into Larkin's path for him to run onto and volley into the back of the net.
We should have been 2-0 up minutes later when the Cheltenham keeper, Book, made a stunning double save. First from Larkin at point blank range and then from Henriksen from an even closer point blank range.
Cheltenham had trouble coping with our sweeping one touch football, so much trouble that they started to con the easily misled referee by falling down at every opportunity.
This ref, Neale Barry, was a particularly poor member of the species. Twice in the first half he let blatant handballs go and when Tyson cut Stampers legs off just below the knee he didn't even talk to him.
It was then you could sense that this was not to be our night. The Gods were against us.
That was confirmed five minutes before the break when, in the first mistake by one of our players, Cheltenham scored.
Craig Hinton failed to challenge Alsop to a cross from the left and Alsop nodded the ball into the path of Tony Naylor to power the ball past Brockie.
The second half started with Cheltenham looking more up for it than we were.
They managed to snuff out the man who was the main danger to them in the first half, Drewe Broughton, and we seemed to loose all our composure on the ball.
We were being hurried into making mistakes and when they couldn't get us to make one they fouled the man instead.
Our only shot of note in the second half came from Larkin who managed to escape his marker but could only send his shot across the face of the goal.
Jan bought on Tony Bird to replace the tiring Appleby but it was to no avail, the spark had gone.
It had definitely gone when Henriksen unaccountably passed the ball back towards our goal for Naylor to run onto and send a lovely ball through for Tyson to run onto and score.
Another substitution was made, this time a double one, with Ducros and Foster coming on for Broughton and Larkin but it was all too late.
Cheltenham started to waste time, with the consent of the ref, and we kept losing the ball too easily to make any kind of comeback.
Cheltenham now look well placed for an automatic promotion spot and we look out of it all together.
Harriers-Online Man of the Match is :
It was going to be Drewe but after his super first half performance, in which he hardly used his elbows at all, he was marked out of it in the second.
Danny was solid all the match and was one of the few that hadn't tired towards the end.
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Brock, Hinton, Sall, Stamps, Smith, Appleby, D Williams, Bennett, Henriksen, Broughton, Larkin.
Danby, Clarkson, Bird, Ducros, Foster.
Book, Banks, Duff, Victory, Griffin, L Williams, Finnigan, Milton, Yates, Alsop, Naylor.
Higgs, Brough, Howarth, Tyson, Grayson.
Yellow. Harriers 1. Williams.
Yellow. Cheltenham 1 Alsop.
Red. Harriers 0.
Red. Cheltenham 0.
Referee; Mr N Barry (Lincolnshire).
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