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A must win game and after a bright start we lose our way.
In the final minute Darlo read the script and scored.
  McGurk 90
 harriers-online match report
Saturday 17th January 2004 
Darlo had read the script

Somehow we all knew it was going to happen.  We start the game with a well worked opener from Adam Murray and then we sit back and let them come at us.

A minute from the end and the lad say's "Come on Dad, lets go and stand on the corner".  "Hold on let's see this goal first!!" say's me.  Idiot!!

You see.  We all knew it was going to happen and it did.  How many times this season have we thrown away the points at the end of the game when, with those lost points we could be well clear of the relegation zone and looking forward to possible promotion.

Well, according to we have conceded 11 goals in the last 15 minutes of a game so far this season.  I'm not sure how many of those robbed us of all three points but I'll bet it was at least half of them.

As I said, it all started so well.  We looked a little suspect at the back due to the absence of Scott Stamps.  Matt Gadsby was taking his place but most of the mistakes seemed to being made by a lack of communication between all the defenders.

Darlo's best player, Neil Wainwright, exposed this time and time again throughout the first half but luckily for us the rest of the Darlo strike force didn't seem up for it as much as he was.

After seven minutes the Harriers fans hearts were given a rest when Adam Murray, back for his second spell at Aggborough, collected a lay off from fellow new signing, Jesper Christiansen, and stabbed the ball into the net via the post.

After that we looked as if we were on our way to rattling up a cricket score but again the old failings came to the fore with players frightened to shoot, opting to pass the ball to someone else instead.

Only Murray was interested in shooting on sight and that's just what he did five minutes after his goal.  His thirty yard strike took the Darlington keeper, Price, by surprise and he spilled the ball.  Luckily for him there was no Harriers striker in the immediate vicinity and it was cleared over the bar by the Quakers defender, Craig Liddle.

Before the half was up Adam had come close to scoring again on three more occasions but never quite got the beating of the keeper.

The only other Harriers man who came anywhere near to scoring was Jesper who saw his goal bound volley superbly saved by Price.

HT. 1 - 0

The second period of the game was a dire affair with the only positives being the better marking on Wainwright and the tightening up of our awful defence.  We still looked unlikely to be adding to the first half goal and the longer the game went on the more we knew that it was going to turn out the way it did.

It took until mid-way through this half before we had our next chance of a goal.  John Williams took the ball from the feet of Liddle and made his way to goal but at the last minute he pushed the ball too far and Price easily kicked the ball away from his feet.  The clearance fell kindly for us and was played back in for Dean Bennett but his shot was under powered and went aimlessly across the face of the goal.

Just after that Jan Molby decided it was time for a change and exchanged John for Bo Henriksen.  This was obviously an attempt to get a bit more pace upfront so why doesn't Jan give Scott Rickards a chance.  i can't think of a faster, more skilful player at the club than Scott.

We came close again minutes later when Matt Gadsby, improving after a nervous opening spell, crashed a header against the bar following an Adam Murray free kick and then the same player saw his shot go just wide of the far post after good work by Christiansen and Henriksen.

Gadders then returned the favour by sending in a lovely cross for Jesper but the big Dane couldn't quite get his head to it after flinging himself full length at the ball.

With the countdown to the end of the game coming Darlington sent on Craig Russell for Ian Clark and this seemed to inspire them into their best spell of the game.

We all know what happened then.  With the extra time board being prepared Darlo were awarded a free kick after Wayne Hatswell needlessly conceded out on the right.  The kick was floated in and cleared out to the left side of the pitch to the waiting Mark Sheeran who sent it back in again onto the head of the unmarked David McGurk.  Brockie stood rooted to the spot as he watched McGurks header sail over his own head into the net.

We could have climbed four places up the table if we had won.  Instead we stay teetering on the edge again.

FT. 1 - 1

The Harriers-Online
Man of the Match is : 
Adam Murray

A class above the rest of his team mates and even though he faded slightly in the second half he was still our best player.

Best for them:  Neil Wainwright.  A class above the rest of his team mates and even though he faded slightly in the second half he was still their best player.

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Harriers  subs   cards      Darlington  subs   cards 
Brock     Price  
Smith     Liddle
Gadsby   McGurk  
D Williams     Clarke  
Hinton     Convery  
Hatswell     Valentine
Bennett     Nicholls
Murray   Maddison  
J Williams     Conlon  
Christiansen     Wainwright  
Ward     Clark  
SUBS:       SUBS:    
Danby     Norton  
Betts     Bossy  
Rickards     Russell  
Henriksen     Pearson  
Parrish     Sheeran  

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