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Vs leyton orient 
Harriers do a Bournemouth on Orient

As the Harriers travelled down to Leyton on the coach Abdou Sall broke the bad news that his ankle was troubling him and he wouldn't be able to take part in today's game.

It was obvious to the Harriers supremo, Ian Britton, that he would have to think quickly.  With a team already missing Craig Hinton with a broken nose and, after Saturday, injuries to Dean Bennett and Bo Henriksen.

He decided to go with a similar set-up as against Bournemouth two weeks ago.  Pack the midfield and stifle the Orient attack as much as possible.  We were going to employ a 3-5-2 formation with Stamps, Ayres and Smith as centre backs and Doyle and Joy as wing-backs.

Broughton and Foster would be the striking pair.

The game panned out as expected.  It was a dire affair with neither side hardly able to get a shot in during the first half.  It took Orient twenty minutes with an effort from Nugent but he could only direct his header straight at Stuart Brock.

Harriers transfer target from last season, Carl Hutchings, was next but his long range shot was well wide.Scott Stamps Five minutes before the half ended there was concern from the bench when Scott Stamps had to leave the pitch holding a towel to his head after an aerial collision with Nugent.  The last thing we needed would be another injured defender.  Danny Williams went back into defence for the rest of the half.

On 42 minutes Parrish was booked for dissent at a free kick awarded to Orient.  The ball was moved forward ten yards but Matt Lockwoods free kick was saved well by Brockie.

HT. 0 - 0

The Harriers continued as they had done in the first half, holding Orient back as much as they could and hoping to catch them on the break.  We were starting to enjoy more possession and Sean Flynn had our first attempt on goal in the fifty fifth minute when his long range strike went well over.

Hutchings replied for the Orient but his weak effort didn't trouble Stuart Brock at all as his shot was well wide of his right hand post.

Orient bought on two sub's in an effort to break the Harriers up.  McLean and Martin came on for Nugent and Brazier.  Within seconds Martin was causing havoc.

He challenged Drewe Broughton and Drewe retaliated.  All hell broke loose as both teams, except the keepers, got involved in a ruck near the centre circle.  calm was eventually ordered and both players received yellow cards.  Will Broughton ever learn to keep his cool?

Jamal Campbell-Ryce of Orient was the fifth player to be booked after holding up a free kick so referee Thorpe moved the ball forwards 10 yards.  Danny Williams' low strike was blocked.

Matt LewisMatt Lewis came on for Ian Foster in his first appearance of the season but he didn't really have time to prove himself as the game fizzled out to it's inglorious end.

In the last minute Broughton had the last say when his shot was turned around the post anyway by the keeper, Evans.

Again conditions dictated and they went away to do a job and came back with a point.  At this rate we are going to start building a reputation as being a boring negative side away from home but exhilarating to watch at home.

Who cares!!

FT. 0 - 0

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Orient  subs   cards      Harriers  subs   cards 
Evans     Brock  
Lockwood     Stamps  
D.Smith     Joy
McGhee     Williams  
Harris     Ayres  
Hutchings     A.Smith  
Thorpe   Doyle  
Toner     Parrish
Brazier     Broughton
Nugent     Foster  
Campbell-Ryce   Flynn  
SUBS:       SUBS:    
Barrett     Danby  
Joseph     Shilton  
McLean     Henriksen  
Martin   Ducros  
Fletcher     Lewis  

M Thorpe. Suffolk

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