master tactician jimmy conways' match report
Vs bristol rovers 
Melligan's 'Kieron Dyer like' runs

"However, I have a strong belief that our defence will keep their attackers quiet (in particular Tait) and we will grab a goal at the other end."

These, I seem to remember were my comments a week ago after the Rochdale game regarding the forthcoming Bristol Rovers showdown.  Well, we actually grabbed two goals and restricted the so-called bigger club to relying on set pieces for chances, which is where they got their only goal.

Apparently there were 9,447 at the Memorial Stadium, apart from the noise when their equaliser went in they were a little subdued, to say the least.

We dominated the match for long periods in the first and second periods;  as usual the defence held firm and the dangerous Grazioli and co looked to rely on speculative long-range efforts.

The midfield was again the key, Melligan's 'Kieron Dyer Like' runs from deep gave the Rovers defenders something to think about and his finish was very cool.  As usual Williams worked like a man-possessed.  Flynn looked solid if not spectacular and did the job that was asked of him without a problem.  Bennett and Shilton looked excellent both attacking and defending.

However, the attack still might have a little to work on.  When Drewe held the ball up in his usual workmanlike way and then looked to lay it off, a certain Mr Henriksen, rather than running into the channels at an angle that Broughton would be able to slip a ball into the Dane often ran the other way.  However, he took his goal very well and maybe we are just picking at flies.

I remember 3 or 4 years ago Everton fans used to complain at the partnership that Nicky Barmby and Duncan Ferguson used to have, they claimed that neither of them was an out and out striker, maybe this is the situation that we face, Drewe being the certain Scot and Bo similar to Nick Barmby.  However there are few more skilful players than Bo in this league and maybe their partnership will just take time for them to become the Cole and Yorke of the basement league.

It always seems after results like this that everything is going our way!  Just take a look at the Sunday papers this morning and you will see that we have only lost 1 game all season in the league, bettered by only a handful of other sides in the country.

And one other heartening thing I noticed as I flicked through tomorrows chip paper in the form on the Sunday Express, if you take a look at the pools panel predictions for next Saturdays fixtures, you'll notice a certain number '1' next to Kidderminster v Hull, anyone hoping to go?.

FT. 1 - 2

Bristol Rovers  subs   cards      Harriers  subs   cards 
Howie     Brock  
Boxall     Hinton  
Challis   Stamps
Uddin     Ayres  
Barrett     Williams  
Carlisle     Bennett  
Quinn     Flynn  
Bryant     Melligan  
Tait     Broughton
Grazioli     Henriksen  
Astafjevs     Shilton  
SUBS:       SUBS:    
Gilroy     Danby  
Richards     Joy  
Austin     Ducros  
Hogg     Foster  
McKeever     Doyle  

Mr M Ryan

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