The Harriers went out of this years LDV Trophy without a whimper when they lost by two goals to nil against an understretched QPR.
As expected there were a few changes from last Saturdays game with Adam Willis and Rob Betts dropped to the bench. Also joining them was Matt Lewis, most people would have expected him to start tonights game after a promising return the other day. As we now realise there is no logic in Ian Brittons decisions lately.
Also as expected Bo Henriksen was out with a recurrence of his achilles injury and according to some reports may be out for at least a month. That could be worrying because the only other player looking likely to score for us, John Melligan, was taken off injured at Loftus Rd with what looked like a hamstring injury. Brit will have to be busy during the remainder of the week shoring up this quickly sinking ship.
Replacing those sat down tonight were Craig Hinton, Kenny Coleman, Matt Gadsby and John Williams.
QPR also made some changes to their starting line-up with a selection of fringe first team players coming in for a run out.
It took Rangers ten minutes before getting their first shot on target when both Dennis Oli and Eric Sabin went close without really testing Stuart Brock in goal for the Harriers. Richard Pacquette also tried his luck but his shot was aimed straight at Brockie and he had no problem gathering it.
Probably the busiest man on the pitch was the referee, Williamson, who booked two Rangers players in this half for run of the mill challenges. Lucky for us he didn't book any of our lot.
Our best chance of he game came mid way through the half when JJ ran onto a Scott Stamps pass but saw his weak shot go well wide. JJ had a better chance just minutes later when he pounced on a poor back pass from Warren Barton but was tackled by Terry Forbes after taking too long on the ball.
Just before the break Rangers took the lead when Sabin surged past Scott Stamps and delivered a pin point pass to the feet of Pacquette. He gave Brockie no chance with a shot that went just inside the far post.
HT. 1 - 0
The second half was a turgid affair with Rangers seemingly content with their narrow lead while the Harriers hadn't got a clue how to score. It also took until twenty minutes from the end of the game before the home team mustered any thing approaching a shot on goal.
By this time Dean Bennett and Sean Parrish had replaced Sam Shilton and Matt Gadsby. Rangers had also made some changes bringing on Gallen and Thorpe for Oli and Pacquette. This seemed to wake them up and they started to look at ways of increasing the lead. Gallen had a couple of shots on target without really extending Brockie and then Martin Rowlands had a go but blazed his shot well over.
On 80 minutes Matt Lewis was bought on to replace the injured Melligan and a minute later the game was put beyond our reach.
Padula sent over a corner and, as if on cue, our defence thought better of challenging and the ball fell straight to the head of Arthur Gnohere all by himself just a few yards from goal.
As expected we lost but at least it wasn't the cricket score that had been forecast. QPR never really got out of first gear but it's a damning endictment of the Harriers that they failed to muster one single shot on target all evening.