|get in there larkin...goal!!
It was cold and it was wet, but by God, it was all worth it to see the first away win of the season.
The drive up was very pleasant, a nice gentle Sunday drive. Then just as we were about to go in the ground one of the stewards said "Theres no roof".
That's Ok we said.
We had only been stood there a few minutes and the rain started, not too bad for the first half but it got worse, much worse.
But after that battling performance who cares about a bit of rain.
It was back to the starting line up we should expect every week.
Stamper was in the left back position where he should be.
Craig was back in the middle and for once Jan started with Broughton and Larkin together, not a mile apart, together.
The improvement was there for all to see.
We looked threatening.
Imagine how good it could have been if it wasn't for the rain, mind you the pitch was soaking before the rain came down.
Macc thought it would be a good idea to give it a good watering to upset our style of play.
Macc dropped a whoopsie!
Although it stopped our passing game it stopped their game too. The only player to look a threat for them was Kyle Lightbourne.
We had got Broughton and Larkin for us and they posed problems for the Macc defence all through the game.
Although Macc started the stronger with efforts from Keen, Glover and Lightbourne they didn't really trouble Brockie in the Harriers goal, with most of their crosses heading for the corner flags and others being ballooned over the bar.
We seemed to be making better progress but it was, as usual, the final ball into the area that was letting us down.
Broughton was winning everything in the air and it was from his back heel from a Shilton cross that the goal came.
Macclesfield had packed the area but there was Larkin to side foot the ball home for his first goal for the Reds.
Almost from the restart Macc nearly scored but luckily the shot went just wide of Brockies far post.
The game was getting scrappy but the Reds defence were playing their part and were looking solid.
We should have increased the lead five minutes later but Drewe's shot was blocked by Wilson's weedy legs, Larkin stretched for the rebound but just failed to connect properly and the ball went out for a goal kick.
Just after the start of the second half the heavens opened but Macc had kindly left the roof off the stand to help us dry out in the gale force wind.
After that the game turned into a midfield battle with neither side having much luck with getting shots on target.
The wind was playing havoc with Brocks clearances too.
Larkin missed his chance of a hat trick when, in his first effort of this half, he shot straight at the keeper when it would have been easier to score.
A few minutes later he had an even easier chance but, with an open goal, he ballooned his shot over the bar with the keeper completely beaten.
After that we just counted the minutes down to the end but luckily Macc didn't look like scoring and we all went home wet, cold and bloody happy.
Harriers-Online Man of the Match is
A threat all afternoon.
The goals won't be far away.
Brock, Clarkson, Hinton, Smith, Stamps, Bennett, Blake, Williams, Shilton, Broughton, Larkin.
Subs; Murphy, Foster, Ducros, Davies, Bird.
Wilson, Abbey, Tinson, Ridler, O'Neill, Eyre, Priest, Munroe, Keen, Lightbourne, Glover.
Subs; Martin, Askey, Lambert, Came, Bamber.
Yellow. Harriers 0.
Yellow. Macclesfield 1. Glover.
Red. Harriers 0.
Red. Macclesfield 0.
Referee;M.S. Pike (Barrow-in-Furness).
The views of other supporters
match details:: Macclesfield 7th Oct away
It may have been freezing, it may have been soaking wet and that shitty red hair dye might have just run all over the place but the win made it all worth it.
Drewe and Larkin finally started together and with Benno and Shilton on the wings we looked a much better team.
As finally we won away from home.
We defended well and Drewe Broughton was superb both in defence and attack, as he consistently headed away corners and held the ball up for Larkin and others.
Indeed Larkin could have added another moments after his first as Broughton put him clean through, the goal was gaping but he couldn't round the keeper and the chance was gone.
What a result but I won't put red hair dye on again...
name:: Harriers very own Dave
match details:: Macclesfield 7th Oct away
The weather was dry but always had the chance of raining, it was very windy. The people who had travelled up were in good spirits.
Harriers started well with some good play and quite a few attacks.
On the 27th minute Colin Larkin capped a good fluent move to put Harriers 1-0 up.
The game was still very exciting until it started to rain and all my red hair dye ran out and it was really windy.
Towards the end we were all singing CHEERIO to all the Macclesfield fans who were walking out annoyed (it made a nice change).
Ground Rating: Good, but the away stand needs a roof.
The refreshments were good value.
Man of the Match: A good team performance but Drewe Broughton inspired them.
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