After not scoring a single goal in both our recent visits to Shrewsbury's Gay Meadow today we put three past them, Ok we had a bit of help from a Shrews defender, but it still counts as ours.
The game saw returns to the side for Drewe Broughton and Adie Smith
. Ian Foster and Kenny Coleman were the ones to make way for them but at least Kenny got to sit on the bench.
We couldn't have hoped for a better start to a match than the one we got. With only five minutes of the game gone Bo Henriksen capitalised on ref watching by the Shrews defenders. He brought down Smith's long ball into the area perfectly and turned on a sixpence to fire a lethal finish past the keeper who could only help the ball into the net.
It took a while for the goal to register with the Harriers hordes at the other end of the ground. At first we thought it had been pushed out but once we knew it had gone in then we knew our luck had changed. It didn't all go our way though.
The goal didn't go down too well with the home crowd who, following the lead given by one of their heroes, started to throw missiles onto the pitch. Luckily for the players on the pitch these missiles hadn't been lit.
An ironic comment from the announcer followed when he warned people not to throw missiles.
Drewe Broughton must have felt like he had been hit by one when he gashed his head on 12 minutes. This led to him going off to be bandaged up.
Even though we were in the lead it looked very precarious with only ten men on for us. Shrewsbury were finding plenty of space down the flanks and, with our defence wary of putting a challenge in, made good use of the space given them.
Bad boy Rogers was giving Scott Stamps a torrid time and Adie was also being tested by Ryan Lowe on the other wing.
It was these two that combined to get the equaliser for Town.
Rodgers left both Stamps and Ayres for dead and picked out Lowe inside the penalty area. He made no mistake from 12 yards out.
Broughton re-appeared seconds after.
We almost went two down less than a minute later when the God awful referee amazingly awarded a penalty after an innocuous challenge from Ayres on Rogers, outside the area, was deemed illegal. After protests from the Reds he pointed to the spot and up stepped Nigel Jemson to take it.
Good choice. He missed!
He placed his shot slightly to Brockies left but he easily dropped down to deflect it away. It fell to Murray who could only manage to aim it straight back at the keeper who brilliantly blocked it and the ball was cleared upfield.
We saw a spell of pressure from the Reds then with first Sean Flynn curling his shot just wide of the goal after being put in by Bo Henriksen. Shilton and JJ Melligan came close to scoring too before, against the run of play, Shrewsbury went ahead after 43 minutes.
Jemson got round Ayres and placed the ball into the path of Lowe, looking suspiciously offside, who drilled an unstoppable shot into the back of the net.
With 5 minutes added on to the first half the Harriers managed to get back on equal terms.
We gained a free kick well outside the Shrews area but the ref moved it on 10yds after complaints from Shrewsbury. Danny Williams
took the free kick and with his usual venom blasted it at the wall. It took a deflection and left Dunbavin no where as the ball rolled into the net.