The second half was more of the same with Rochdale starting in a more positive frame of mind but the front of goal scenario was still the same. Both sides still afraid to really let loose.
The Rochdale player/manager Simpson fired wide from the edge of the area after being given plenty of room by the Reds defence. It was hard to see how he has managed to score seven times already this season. He didn't look very good.
Danny Williams came close again for us, this time with a better effort than in the first half. His 25yd drive only just cleared the bar to leave the North Bank holding their breath.
On 59 minutes came the first call for a penalty. A cross hit Jobson on the arm in the penalty area but the ref waved play on and then just five minutes later there was an even more blatant infringement when a 'Dale defender patted the ball down with his hand to control it before kicking it out for a throw in. Again the ref ignored all calls for a penalty although the look on his face when he heard the fan's jeers made you think he knew he had made a mistake.
Rochdale were beginning to take the upperhand again when the Harriers made a substitution that was to potentially change the game. On 77 minutes Bennett and Foster came on for Hinton and Melligan. Tactical, but it almost worked.
Dean Bennett was the key to a much more aggressive stance in front of goal. He was taking players on, something Henriksen didn't seem to be interested in, and he was getting to the bye-line to send biting crosses in.
From one of these Broughton missed another one when, from a pin point Deano cross, his weak header fell into the keepers arms.
It was one way traffic now with the Harriers forwards using Edwards as target practice but he was leading a charmed life. The ball was being pinballed around the area waiting for someone to poke it in so many times it seemed only a matter of time before we grabbed the winner. It never came.
Ian Foster went the closest when his cross back into the goal mouth deceived the keeper and re-bounded off the post. Unbelievable.
There was more goal mouth action when Shilton's
shot was charged down and the rebound fell for Sean Flynn who belted a fine drive just over the bar from 25yds out.
Then came the miss of the match and sorry to say it was a typical Broughton miss. A cross from Ian Foster came in and with Broughton almost sitting on the goal line he blazed it over from just 3 feet out.
He should hang his head in embarrassment.