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Hat trick Bo adds to City's woe

A hat trick from the Harriers pony tailed hot shot Bo Henriksen helped us on to our best ever result in the Football League when we beat a hapless Exeter City 5-2 at St James Park.  Add this to the two goals he scored against them back in August, when we came back from two goals down to win 4-3, and he appears to have a jinx over them.

With this result we move up from 11th to 4th place in the league.

With the line up being the same one that started against Torquay on Saturday we got off to the worst possible start when, within three minutes of the kick off, we went down to an early goal from the ex Wycombe and Barnet striker Sean Devine.  A long throw in from Roscoe found Devine who turned and buried the ball from five yards out.  He could easily have increased the Exeter lead just minutes later after trying to lob the Harriers keeper but Digby was equal to it and saved from under the bar.

Bo Henriksen The Harriers soon started to claw their way back into the game and saw efforts from Bo and Drewe Broughton go close.  Drewe especially could have scored had his shot from just outside the area not have gone high over the bar.

The goal finally came on 25 minutes when a long pass from Adie Smith found Melligan out on the right wing.  His run and final pass into the area found Bo Henriksen who tapped the ball home past the City keeper Kevin Miller from six yards out.  Bo should have increased his tally soon after when he latched onto a perfect cross from JJ but his header went well over the bar.

New signing Dion Scott almost got his second goal of the season and Sean Flynn forced Miller into a low save just before disaster struck for the City.

Their defender, Adrian Whitbread, could easily have cleared Dean Bennett's cross but instead deflected the ball past his own keeper from 18yds out.

With the seconds ticking away to halftime the Harriers were awarded a rare penalty after Andy Roscoe brought down Bennett inside the box and Henriksen sent Miller the wrong way to give us a comfortable 3-1 lead.

HT. 1 - 3

Craig Hinton The second half started with a double substitution by Exeter when their manager bought on Coppinger and Thomas in place of Roscoe and Sheldon.  Straight away they reaped the benefit when Coppinger fired home from eight yards out after leaving Craig Hinton for dead.

The goal forced the Harriers back into action and Bo came close again after he ran onto Danny Williams through ball but he fired his shot weakly at the advancing keeper.

His reward finally came on 56 minutes when he completed his hat trick and became the Harriers first ever player to get one in the Football League.  His unstoppable shot from a great Broughton pass went in off the crossbar with the keeper trying to grab hold of the elusive ball.

From the restart we went on to increase the Exeter woes further with our 5th goal of the night and a well deserved goal for Broughton.

Another perfect cross from Dean Bennett found Broughton ten yards out and he made no mistake with a diving header into the corner of the net.

With that goal Exeter finally fell to pieces and we could have increased our lead further but for poor finishing.  City picked up a rash of bookings for dissent and finally saw Glenn Cronin sent off for his second offence.

This defeat leaves them rooted to the bottom of the table and their manager Neil McNab will probably be clearing his desk by the end of the week.

FT. 2 - 5

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Exeter City  subs   cards      Harriers  subs   cards 
Miller     Fraser  
Pettefer     Scott  
Whitbread   Smith  
Hiley     Williams  
Gaia     Hinton  
Cronin   Melligan
Walker   Bennett  
Sheldon     Flynn  
Roscoe     Broughton  
Devine     Henriksen  
Flack     Shilton  
SUBS:       SUBS:    
Fraser     Brock  
Coppinger     Ayres  
Goodman     Foster  
Todd     Bishop  
Thomas   Parrish  

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