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Gadsby gets his first ever goal to wrap up a great away win for the SuperReds.
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Saturday 15th November 2003 
Gadsby grabs goal

The SuperReds came back from Rochdale today with all three points in their back pocket after Matt Gadsby got the only goal of the game and also his first ever goal.

This win sees a continuation of the good run that has seen us lose only once in the last six games.  That came against Doncaster three weeks ago.

Jan Molby elected to start with basically the same team that played against Northwich last week.  The only difference was with Steve Burton replacing Sam Shilton and the team reverting to the away formation of 4-5-1.

It was Rochdale who were to start the strongest after welcoming back their own favourite, Gary Jones, on a months loan from Barnsley.  Although not match fit the Rochdale manager, Alan Buckley, decided to start with him in an effort to give his side a boost.

With efforts from Kevin Townson and Leo Bertos forcing Stuart Brock into some good saves it was the Harriers who suddenly turned the game around.  Sean Parrish found himself with a clear chance of scoring but sent the ball soaring over the crossbar when he should have done better and buried it.

Dean Bennett was next to come close to opening the scoring when he saw his long range shot come back off the bottom of the post.  The first time that we have hit the woodwork this season.

Three minutes later and the match winning goal had arrived.  A fine run by John Williams took him to the bye line from where he crossed inch perfect for Matt Gadsby to sweep the ball into the net from 12yds out.

We went in for the end of the half looking the stronger of the two sides.  After Dales good start they had faded badly and never looked like scoring once we had got our noses in front.

HT. 0 - 1

At the start of the second period Buckley was to make a grave error of judgment.  In a sign of panic he bought on all his three subs in an effort to change the game but the only thing it did was to back fire on him.

On came Beech and Antoine-Curier for Jones and McEvilly along with Simpkins for Burgess.  This last move was to look stupid just twenty minutes later when Simpkins went off injured.  With all three subs having been used Rochdale had to continue the game with just ten men.

In previous games where Dale have been down to ten men they've ended up as the winning side and at first it looked like going that way again when Gareth Griffiths was only stopped from scoring by an excellent save from Stuart Brock.

Luckily we soon got back into our stride and came close to adding to our tally with yet another shot from Gadsby.  This long range effort was saved well by the Dale keeper, Edwards.

On 65 minutes Bo Henriksen came on for Andy White.

Another chance came our way when John Williams was unlucky not to score after Bo set him up but his shot went just wide of the goal and Bo himself saw his shot in the closing minutes of the game being only just kept out by Edwards.

Another good away win for us even if it was by the single goal.  Once Bo gets to start regularly we should see a few more goals going in.

FT. 0 - 1

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Rochdale  subs   cards      Harriers  subs   cards 
Edwards     Brock  
Griffiths   Smith  
Evans     Burton  
Grand     D Williams  
Burgess     Hinton  
McCourt     Hatswell
McClare     Bennett  
Bertos   Gadsby  
Jones     White  
Townson     Parrish  
McEvilly     J Williams  
SUBS:       SUBS:    
Gilks     Danby  
Beech     Betts  
Doughty     Henriksen  
Simpkins     Ayres  
Antoine-Curier     Lewis  

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