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Stalemate in Manchester as the Harriers fail to score.
We're still in the relegation zone even though other results went our way.
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Saturday 24th January 2004 
Harriers fail to score

This lack of ability to score goals is getting worrying.  We have not scored more than two goals in any League game this season although we did get three against Woking in the FA Cup.  We have also failed to score on nine occasions.

Bo Henriksen is a shadow of his former self, John Williams blows hot and cold and the striker we bought in as Drewe Broughton's replacement is no better than him.  The only player that we've seen here this season that looked like scoring was Andy White and he's now back at Mansfield warming the bench.

We need to start scoring soon, starting this Tuesday against Cheltenham.

Although we failed to get a goal against Bury the point did come in useful by putting a bit more space between ourselves, Cheltenham, Macclesfield, Southend and Carlisle who all lost.  Darlington didn't play but they have already played one more game than us.

There was just the two changes to last weeks side.  Scott Stamps came back from suspension and Adie Smith was given leave for family reasons.  Bo was on the bench again after Jan Molby admitted in mid week that he's unlikely to start a game again this season due to his on going groin problem.

We started the game the more positive and forced a corner with the opening move of the game.  Murray's kick fell nicely for Wayne Hatswell but his shot was cleared away by Dave Challinor.

In the next two minutes we were awarded two more corners but they both came to naught.

Buryís first goal scoring opportunity came after eight minutes when a through ball from Glenn Whelan released Jon Daly through on goal.  It was only Brockies alertness by racing off his line to snatch the ball of the strikerís toes, that prevented Daly hammering a shot at goal.

Graham Ward was the next to come close for the Harriers when he saw his far post header saved well by Glyn Garner in the Bury goal.

Seconds later and the ball was at the other end of the field and it was Jon Daly again who fired in from 25yds out.  His shot went fractionally wide of the post.

John Williams was the next to try his luck for us with a powerful run and shot that was well saved by Garner.  He came close again just a minute later when he got on the end of an Adam Murray free kick but saw his first shot blocked and then his follow up whizz just past the post

The final chance of the half fell to the unmarked Wayne Hatswell who saw his header from yet another well placed Murray corner go just over the bar.  He should really have buried that.

HT. 0 - 0

As forecast by Jan the Gigg Lane pitch was turning into a muddy field.  Not surprising really when they also stage rugby games on there.

The game was now depending on the ball over the top from both sides but it was the Harriers who were still playing the more attractive football.  Our best chances falling to Scott Stamps when he saw his cross goal shot fumbled by Garner before being cleared to safety.  Scotts' second attempt saw his shot going just over the cross bar.

Just after Bury bought on their first substitute with Joe OíNeill coming on for Barrass as the Shakers decided to go with three forwards.  It made no difference, they still couldn't get near to scoring.

Chris Porters header was the closest they got but that went well wide.

Jan Molby then replaced John Williams with Bo Henriksen but again that made no real difference.  It wasn't until the final few minutes that we saw another attempt on goal from either side when Matt Gadsby saw his shot well saved by the Bury keeper and, in the dying moments, a neat move almost put gave Bo the perfect opportunity to snatch a late winner but Garner did well to bravely collect the ball off his feet as he got ready to shoot.

As said at the start of this piece we need to start scoring goals and I can't think of a better reason than against Cheltenham.  Come on Harriers, let's stuff 'em.

FT. 0 - 0

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Bury  subs   cards      Harriers  subs   cards 
Garner     Brock  
Connell     Gadsby  
Challinor     Stamps  
Swailes     D Williams  
Kennedy     Hinton  
Barrass     Hatswell  
Woodthorpe   Bennett  
Duxbury   Murray  
Whelan     J Williams  
Porter     Christiansen  
Daly     Ward  
SUBS:       SUBS:    
Solly     Danby  
O'Shaughnessy     Betts  
Seddon     Rickards  
Clegg     Henriksen  
O'Neill     Parrish  

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