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Harriers fail to get maximum points again when City grab last minute goal.
Simon Brown scores on his debut.
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Saturday 27th March 2004 
Brownie gets a point

One of the players that Jan Molby signed on Thursday repaid him big style with an important goal on his debut.  Simon Brown, who started the game, popped up just seconds after half time with a goal only to see his moment of glory spoiled by an equaliser from Marcus Richardson in the dying seconds of the game.

Our other new signing, Leon Clarke, was on the bench but there was no place for the returning Steve Burton.  Adam Murray was sat there again but Scott Rickards, last weeks goal scorer, found himself left on the bus.

A bit ironic considering that Jan blasted all the team, apart from Rickards, after last weeks rubbish display against Macclesfield and then leaves him out completely.

Two of Lincolns three new signings, midfielder Craig Rocastle and striker Aron Wilford, were on the bench.

City were the first on the attack with a header from Kevin Ellison, once a target signing for Graham Allner, but it was pushed away for a corner by John Danby.  A few minutes later and Danby was called into action again when Francis Green forced him to make a brave block with his legs.  The ball fell kindly for Gary Fletcher but he saw his shot blocked on the goal line by Craig Hinton.

Our first chance fell for John Williams but he saw his weak header easily saved by Alan Marriott, in goal for the Imps.  It was Williams again on eleven minutes who forced Marriott to rush from his goal to stop him firing the ball home by saving at his feet.

The Harriers started to come into the game more and more with Simon Brown showing us what he is capable of when his run towards the area was only stopped by him being fouled on the edge of the area.  Sadly Stampers free kick came to nothing and City cleared it away easily.

By the time we reached the half way stage both sides had cancelled each other out and 0 - 0 was a fair reflection of the game so far.

That was to change soon though.

HT. 0 - 0

Within minutes of the restart the Harriers had taken a shock lead.

Simon Brown raced clear of the City defence after collecting a mis-placed pass to slot his low drive under the the advancing keeper and into the net for his first ever senior goal.

In answer to the goal the Lincoln manager, Keith Alexander, immediately threw on striker Simon Yeo in place of midfielder Ben Sedgemore.  That gave the Harriers even more space and they started to take control of the game for a period of time.

We should have sealed the points in the 51st minute when Ian Foster chose to shoot instead of a simple pass to Brown who was in the clear.  We had another easy chance in the 74th minute when a mistake by Kevin Ellison again left Brown in the clear but the new boys shot was well held by Marriott.

In between that Lincoln went close to grabbing an equaliser when Ben Futcher beat Danby with a header only to see his effort strike the bar.

With time running out for Lincoln Alexander went for broke and threw on his last two subs to play with a five man strikeforce.  The Harriers rearguard were now under a lot of pressure as wave upon wave of red striped shirts launched an assault on John Danby's goal.

Lincoln had chances from Yeo, Futcher, Fletcher (twice) before Jan Molby opted to make his first change with Ian Foster making way for Jesper Christiansen.

We had done well to have come this far but we all knew what would happen, the same as in countless games this season.  We would give away a late goal.

Craig Rocastle, on loan from Chelsea, began the move, sending it out wide to Yeo who then sent in a cross for Ben Futcher to head goalwards.  It was blocked on the line and as the Harriers tried to clear it Marcus Richardson got there first to force the ball past Danby and crush our hopes of making our season completely safe.

We had one last chance to regain the full quota of points when Matt Gadsby forced Marriott into a last minute fingertip save but in the end we came for at least a point and got one.

All three would have been great though.

FT. 1 - 1

Lincoln City  subs   cards      Harriers  subs   cards 
Marriott     Danby  
Bloomer     Gadsby
Futcher     Stamps  
Weaver     Hatswell  
Morgan     Hinton  
Sedgemore     Viveash  
Gain     Bennett  
Green     Brown  
Richardson     J Williams  
Ellison     Yates  
Fletcher     Foster  
SUBS:       SUBS:    
Rocastle     Brock  
Sandwith     Clarke  
Wilford     Murray  
Bailey     Christiansen  
Yeo     Parrish  

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