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Vs shrewsbury 
Tables turned at the Meadow

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.

Adie Smith 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.

Danny Williams 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.

HT. 2 - 2

The second half started with more controversy when Coleman came on for Stamps.  First the biased announcer said he had come on for Danny Williams and then the incompetent ref restarted the game with only ten men on for us after Drewe Broughton had failed to re-appear

Isn't he supposed to check how many players are out there, discounting any sent off, before blowing his whistle?  Was there a violation of Football league rules?  Will he be penalised?  Will he heck!

In the time that Drewe was missing Shrewsbury came close to scoring again and it was a relief when he re-appeared seven minutes after the restart.

Sam Shilton A few minutes later we re-took the lead again and this time it was for keeps.  Sam Shilton, again impressive, crossed the ball from the byeline after beating a defender and there was David Artell at the near post to inexplicably give the ball a glancing header into his own net.

The expected barrage attack on the Harriers goal came but, thanks to a stronger defensive set-up, we managed to keep the Shrewsbury strike force out.  Rogers was still giving us plenty of trouble but Lowe didn't look as effective as he was in the first half and we were managing to cope.

It was also our turn for a penalty when 'JJ' Melligan was clearly hauled down in the area by Atkins but, of course, the ref waved all appeals away.

Minutes later the heavily bandaged Drewe should have scored when he ran onto a long ball from defence.  With both Melligan and Henriksen in support and only one Shrews defender between them and the keeper Broughton decided to try his luck from miles out instead of getting closer.  He made a complete hash of it and the ball rolled aimlessly wide.

Drewe also got himself another booking after stopping a free kick being taken quickly.  The ref had been waiting all day for that!

Thankfully after more Shrews pressure the ref finally blew for full time to ensure another three points in the bag for us.  We now go up to 7th in the table but did you realise that if we had beaten Macc last week we would now be in second place.

If only they had known at the time.

FT. 2 - 3

The Harriers-Online
Man of the Match is : 
Sean Flynn

This man is a little dynamo.  He never stops running and we probably saw his best game for us so far.

Best for them:  Hate to say this but it has to be Luke Rogers.

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Shrewsbury  subs   cards      Harriers  subs   cards 
Dunbavin     Brock  
Moss   Smith  
van Blerk     Stamps  
Murray   Williams  
Redmile     Hinton
Artell     Ayres  
Lowe   Flynn  
Atkins     Melligan  
Rogers     Broughton
Jemson     Henriksen
Woan     Shilton  
SUBS:       SUBS:    
Kendall     Danby  
Drysdale     Bennett  
Stevens     Parrish  
Wilding     Foster  
Murphy     Coleman  

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