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Vs lincoln city 
Three points thrown

It might have been first day nerves, it might have been the fact that they hadn't played together much.  There was no excuse for the way Drewe Broughton took that penalty.  A 3yr old with a wooden leg could have done better than that.

Drewe, I've said it before and I'll say it again.  Hit the bloody thing.

Saying that we should be grateful to have got a point because after an abject first half performance we at least got our act back together in time for the second half.

Stuart Brock, especially, was having a poor game when he almost gifted a goal to City after clearing weakly only to watch the ball fall at Dean Croppers feet.  He had to scramble back quickly to smother the striker's shot.

After a few more dodgy moments from our keeper Lincoln took the lead.  They were awarded a corner in the eleventh minute, Weaver took it and there was Logan at the far post waiting to head it home.

Harriers were well and truly on the back foot now.  They were struggling to string passes together and were looking like strangers.

Things weren't being helped by some strange decisions from the rookie referee.  He wanted to make sure his first day was going to go down in history by booking Williams and Hinton for the Harriers and Cropper for City during the first half.  In the second half he let rip.

HT. 0 - 1

From the kick off Lincoln almost increased the lead when Paul Smith was allowed to go on clear run for goal.  This time Brockie found his form to pull out an excellent stop.

Seconds later the Harriers had what was probably their first real attempt on goal when Scott Stamps' dipping shot just cleared the top of the goal after Marriott, the visitors keeper, managed to tip it over.

Minutes after that came our second one and that went in.

The Reds gained a corner and with perfect precision, new signing, Sean Parrish flighted the ball in for Bo Henriksen to glance it past the keeper.

In our next attack came the first of referee Crossleys' controversial decisions.  Dean Bennett was gifted the ball after a mix up between two Lincoln defenders and as he took the ball into the area the keeper dived at his feet.  He grabbed the ball cleanly but, being on the edge of the area, his momentum carried him about six inches the wrong side of the line.

Usually, handling outside of the box warrants a red card but I thought it was a fair decision by the ref to give him a yellow.  There was no intention to handle outside of the area on the keepers part and I reckon the ref gave the correct verdict.

Deano did almost score just after when he again was given the ball by the errant City defence but his cross shot beat the keeper and narrowly went wide of the far post.

Harriers were well on top by now and it looked only a matter of time before we grabbed the winner.  Not before the ref had got his pad and pencil out again though.

Again the verdict was unfair.  The ball was played towards Abdou Sall deep in the Lincoln half and just as he was about to collect Cropper came in and caught him late, only slightly, but enough to bring Abdou down.  It seemed un-intentional, just clumsy.

It was Croppers second offence so he walked.

Five minutes later Bo was just about to collect a cross in the area when he was suddenly pushed in the back by Bimson.  The ref had no choice but to award the penalty.

Drewe stepped up to take it and from his attitude you could see that he was a bit over confident.  He placed the ball, then as he stepped back to take it he came back to move it slightly.

He turned then half rolled, half struck the ball to the right of the keeper.  With very little effort the keeper pushed the ball away.

Three points thrown.

We went all out for the winner but, apart from a free kick on the edge of the box, it never looked like coming.

At the end it was a fair result.  It's just a shame that it wasn't as convincing as the fans team demolition job on the Lincoln fans team earlier in the day.

That ended up 13-0 to us.

FT. 1 - 1

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After all the worries about the right back berth Adie did a solid job and looks like being there for the foreseeable future.

Best for them:  Andy Marriott.

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HARRIERS  subs   cards  LINCOLN  subs   cards 
Brock   Marriott
A Smith   Bailey  
Stamps   Bimson
Sall   Weaver  
Hinton Morgan  
Williams Logan
Flynn   P Smith  
Bennett   Willis  
Broughton   Cropper
Henriksen   Gain  
Parrish   Yeo
SUBS:     SUBS:    
Danby   Mayo  
Ayres   Buckley  
Joy   Sedgemore  
Doyle   Black  
Ducros   Pettinger  

P Crossley (Kent)

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