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Bo misses penalty.
Adam Murray and Matt Gadsby make their debuts.
Willis 82
Rawle 80
 harriers-online match report
30th august 2003 
Bo misses penalty

The Harriers super striker Bo Henriksen missed a penalty in the closing stages of this game against high flying Oxford Utd and in doing so we missed out on all three points.

With a much changed starting line-up things had to get better after recent defeats against Bury and Cheltenham.  New face Adam Murray came into the team along with Sean Parrish, Graham Ward taking the place of Dean Bennett, Sean Flynn and Sam Shilton and from the of things did start to look better.

The first five minutes saw Bo almost open the scoring when he latched onto a pass from Ward but his weak shot didn't threaten the U's goal and went wide of the far post.  A minute later the same player was tackled by Bound just as he was about to shoot.

It was then Oxfords turn to create something and first Oldfield headed wide and then Basham sent the ball well over the bar from a few yards out.

The game then seemed to die out after that to a bit of a midfield battle with neither side able to break each other down.  We were still failing to pass the ball around cleanly and most of the time it seemed to be ending up in the possession of the other side.

The other problem was the lack of a wide player.  Without Shilton on the wing Bo was being forced out wider than necessary and this in turn was leaving Bishop all alone in the middle.

Andy Bishop wasn't having the best of games either and nothing he did seemed to come off.  It didn't help with the crowd getting on his back.

The first half ended with out any further goal mouth action as the team left the field to a small amount of jeering from some sections of the crowd.

HT. 0 - 0

This half started with a shot on the Harriers goal from Townsley that was easily saved by Stuart Brock but then the Harriers woke up with a corker of a shot from Adam Murray that Woodman did well to stop.  The ball fell towards Bo but he was too slow to react and the moment was gone.

At last it started to come together in midfield and we started to spray passes about AND find each other.  All it needed now was a bit of tweaking by Brit to bring some threat from the flanks and it wouldn't be long before the goals came rolling in.

He bought on John Williams for the hapless Bish and a few minutes later Sam Shilton in place of the ineffective Sean Parrish.  Straight away we looked more dangerous in front of goal but as luck would have it Oxford took the lead.

They had made their own substitution by bringing on Mark Rawle in place of Oldfield and straight away he put Brockie under pressure.  Minutes later he had put them into the lead with a beautiful goal.

He collected the ball just inside the area and, leaving Scott Stamps one footed, took the ball to the bye-line.  Seeing Brockie out of position he sent the ball at a fine angle over his head.

Within seconds we had drawn level.

Adam Murray, who had started nervously but was now growing in confidence, sent a ball across the face of the goal.  John Williams put it back into the area and there was Adam Willis waiting to pounce.

We hardly had chance to draw our breath before a chance to take the lead came.

Bo Henriksen, who seemed to have had a new lease of life, got hold of the ball on the bye-line and as he skipped around Ashton to take it forward found himself eating grass.  Ashton had sent him sprawling just inside the area and referee Parkes needed no telling to point to the spot.

Up stepped Bo.  He calmly struck the ball and sent the keeper the wrong way.  Pity he missed the goal completely and sent it the wrong side of the post.

We knew then that we weren't going to win this game but at least we tried to make a fist of it.  We put the Oxford keeper under more pressure than he had faced all game and he had to make two brilliant stops from Kenny Coleman and Adam Willis to keep his side in it.

A few minutes before the end Matt Gadsby came on for his debut after missing all the League games so far this season.

This result could be seen by some as two points dropped but we had come from behind so at least the point we shared has stopped our losing run.  Another tough one next week at Bristol Rovers.

FT. 1 - 1

The Harriers-Online
Man of the Match is : 
Kenny Coleman

Played well.  Not much got past him and he can be well pleased with his performance.

Best for them:  No one player stood out for the U's.

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Harriers  subs   cards      Oxford  subs   cards 
Brock     Woodman  
Coleman     McNiven  
Stamps     Wanless  
D Williams     Robinson  
Hinton     Bound  
Willis     Crosby  
Murray     Ashton  
Ward     Oldfield  
Bishop     Basham  
Henriksen     Townsley  
Parrish     Brown  
SUBS:       SUBS:    
Shilton     Waterman  
Flynn     Rawle  
Gadsby     Hackett  
J Williams     Hunt  
Bennett     Whitehead  

Mr T Parkes

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