The Harriers came back from the brink in a rain soaked Torquay tonight with goals from Bo Henriksen and new boy Andrew Bishop
. This was after pulling their usual stunt of making life hard for themselves in the first place.
With the Reds starting the more brightly it would seem only a matter of time before we would open the scoring. First Sam Shilton shot wide and then Bo came close after 15 minutes when Dean Bennett put him through with a defence splitting ball only to see his shot go just wide of the post with Van Heusden only just getting a fingertip to it.
With just over twenty minutes gone on the clock, when the Harriers were getting into their stride, Torquay took a shock lead.
The goal came from Alex Russell whose shot took more deflections than a pin ball machine. After being allowed to run through by an immobile defence his shot first came off Lee Ayres and then hit Kenny Coleman in the chest. Stuart Brock, by now on the wrong foot could only watch the ball trickle into the net.
Although they had gone down to a killer goal the Harriers didn't give up and they tried to hit back. First through Sean Flynn whose powerful drive was kept out by Van Heusden and then minutes later when the keeper bravely went down at the feet of Shilton to smother the ball just as he was about to fire.
Shilton came close to scoring again just a minute later but he was put off just enough by Hazell to miss out on the chance.
Even though we were still getting the lions share of the ball it was yet another shock when we went further behind on 31 minutes. Again it was a sleeping defence that let in Martin Gritton to increase the Gulls lead.
A cross from the right by Bedeau found David Graham unmarked in open space at the far post. First his shot was stopped by Stuart Brock but the ball fell to Gritton who found no problem in putting the ball into the empty net.
We could have found ourselves three down just five minutes later but Grittons goal was ruled out for offside.
With the clock ticking down to the halfway mark we could have reduced the Torquay lead but Dean Bennetts shot rolled agonisingly wide of the post after good work by Drewe Broughton gave him the chance.