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Saturday 3rd January 2004 
Reds almost embarrass Premier Wolves

The Harriers came within a whisker of giving their so called Premier neighbours one almighty kick up the bum today when they let them off the hook with a last minute equaliser.

When John Williams had come on as a 74th minute substitute for Bo Henriksen it changed the game from one that the Reds had failed to stamp their superiority on to one that we looked capable of winning.  His goal just three minutes later proved that, but with time running out, and pressure from Wolves, in their endeavour to rescue face, up popped Alex Rae to give the Wolves an un-deserved replay at Molinuex on January 13th.

Jan Molby decided to start with the new Danish signing Jesper Christiansen paired up front with his fellow countryman Bo Henriksen.  Also starting for us was Adie Smith, who the previous day had been ruled out with an injury but had miraculously recovered 24 hours later.

Starting in his first game of the season for Wolves was Mark Clyde.  An old favourite of the Harriers fans during his time on loan here last season.

Right from the first whistle it was all Harriers.  Our passing was excellent and all Wolves could do was chase shadows.  The first chance on goal came in the 3rd minute from Bo, who should have done better, when he blazed a half chance over the bar from the edge of the box.

Stuart Brock almost handed the Wolves a goal soon after when he slipped while kicking the ball back into play.  It fell straight to the feet of Kenny Miller but thankfully Captain Marvel was on hand to put in a last minute tackle to deny him.

Dean Bennett was playing his usual game of coming from behind the front line and he was giving the Wolves defence a torrid time.  It was just his tendency to take the ball a yard too far that was letting him down.  It was from one of these runs that Bo scorned another chance to score when his shot went just wide of Michael Oakes upright.

Our ex Wolves midfielder, Graham Ward, went close to setting up Sean Parrish with a goal just minutes before the interval but Pash's header could only find the side netting.

In the dying seconds of the half the Wolves came their closest to scoring so far when Miller's header was headed to safety over the bar by Wayne Hatswell.  Mark Kennedy then sent in a 25yd volley with some force but Stuart Brock had no problem saving the shot.

The half drew to a close and it was obvious from all around that this was a superb display from our heroes.  Or was it just that Wolves were so bad that it made us look good.

HT. 0 - 0

The game re-commenced with a substitution for us.  Danny Williams had remained in the dressing room, apparently injured, to be replaced with Matt Gadsby.

We also picked up where we had left off by continuing to dominate the game and forcing two corners in the first two minutes.  Both were cleared to safety by Jody Craddock and Shaun Newton respectively.

Newton himself sent a shot high over the Harriers crossbar minutes later to much laughter from the Harriers fans and groans from the Wolves followers.  This had been the pattern throughout the game so far and looked to be carrying on in the second half.

The Harriers were now looking to apply the killer move and we saw chances falling for Bo and Christiansen to give us the lead.  It wasn't until Jan Molby made an inspired substitution that we finally took that lead.  Following the replacement of Ganea for Miller by Dave Jones, Jan Molby decided to replace the tiring Bo with John Williams.

Straight away Big John was in action when he raced onto a through ball and rounded the advancing Oakes wide on the edge of the box.  His cross was only just missed by Christiansen and headed away for a corner by the diving Lee Naylor.

Posties next move was to score our goal.  A corner was awarded in our favour and from the kick by Graham Ward the ball was flicked on by Gadsby then to Adie and finally to Williams who sent a sharply angled shot into the back of the net past the flailing Oakes.

Three sides of the ground erupted and the cheering continued for a good three minutes after Wolves had re-started the game.  Such was the noise that it could be heard in the town centre.

The goal stirred Wolves into action and seeing that they were on their way towards the exit door they started to put some moves together.  Sadly, we played our part in that by starting to hoof the ball clear instead of playing it out of defence as we had done for the previous 80 minutes.

It was from one of these clearances that the ball was played back to Colin Cameron then on to Alex Rae who collected the ball and in a flash fired across Brockie and inside the far post.

The Harriers fans stood mortified in dis-belief that a team that had been a disgrace to their status in the pyramid could have pulled themselves back from the brink of defeat.

It was almost made worse seconds later when the Wolves new signing Ganea, ineligible to play in my book, almost stole the game with a shot that saw Brock make an exceptional save to earn Wolves the replay in ten days time.

We can at least go to Molineux with nothing to be afraid of and also knowing that we always play better away from home.  If we can improve on today's performance we'll be awesome.

FT. 1 - 1

The Harriers-Online
Man of the Match is : 
Wayne Hatswell

An inspiring display from Captain Marvel to keep out any minor threat that Wolves posed.

Best for them:  Premiership players.  You're 'avin a larf.

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Harriers  subs   cards      Wolves  subs   cards 
Brock     Oakes  
Smith   Irwin
Stamps   Craddock
D Williams     Clyde  
Hinton     Naylor  
Hatswell     Rae  
Bennett     Newton  
Parrish     Cameron
Christiansen     Kennedy  
Henriksen     Miller  
Ward     Iversen  
SUBS:       SUBS:    
Danby     Ikeme  
Rickards     Ganea  
Gadsby     Gudjonsson  
White     Silas  
J Williams     Luzhny  

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