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  Foster 10 (pen)
  Bennett 35
  Yates 45
  Murray 67
Harriers storm to a repeat of their win against York two seasons ago in 2001.

Up to fifteenth in the league now and looking almost safe.
York City
  Cooper 41 (pen)
 harriers-online match report
Saturday 6th March 2004 
Harriers knock 4 past York

The Harriers stormed to a repeat of the 4 - 1 scoreline of October 2001 in this one sided game against a very poor York City.  During the first half we had so much possession and pressure that the York manager, Chris Brass, was forced to make a substitution after 38 minutes in an effort to stop a rampant Harriers.

The game commenced with the same starting eleven that started against Northampton on Tuesday evening.  There was also no change to the players sat on the bench.

Before the start of the game John Williams proudly accepted his award for winning the PFA Player of the Month for February.

The game kicked off in brilliant sunshine and we got off to the very best start that we could have hoped for when in the tenth minute Adam Murray was body checked in the penalty area by Dave Merris.  Ian Foster pushed Dean Keates away from the ball as he set himself up to take the kick.  He made no mistake in sending Ovendale the wrong way.

Fozzie almost made it two goals just minutes later but this time Ovendale saved but when the rebound fell to Adam Murray he hurriedly swept the ball over the bar and hit the top of the stand.

It was that man Murray who again set us up for the second goal but this time intentionally.  He collected the ball on the halfway line and surged forward as did Dean Bennett.  With a simple pass to just in front of Deano all the youngster had to do was side foot it into the net.

Then came a dodgy decision by the referee, Mr Cowburn.  In a rare City attack the ball was played long towards the goal.  With Lee Nogan rushing in Stuart Brock came out to punch the ball away but Nogan seemed to carry on and crashed into Brock.  Stuarts' punch missed the ball and landed on Nogans head instead.  The ref pointed to the spot.

Up stepped Justin Walker to take it but he hit it almost straight at Brockie.  Brockie pushed it away but a City player got to it first and played it back in again where this time Cooper, who had only been on the pitch for two minutes, made no mistake in heading the ball into the net.

We seemed to lose a bit of composure after that and City had what was probably their best spell of the game so far.  It didn't last too long though because Mark Yates silenced his critics, including me, by scoring on the stroke of half time.

We were awarded a late corner and when Murray took it it was cleared out but only as far as Adrian Viveash.  He headed it back in again straight to Yates who made no mistake as he slid in to push the ball into the back of the net.

HT. 3 - 1

After half time we never seemed to hit the heights as we did during the first half but we never really looked in any danger of throwing the game away.  City didn't seem to be able to take advantage of that and by the end of the game Brock had only had one save to make and that was the first half penalty that he had pushed away.

Ian Foster was the first to test the City keeper in this half but his weak shot was straight at him and he saved it easily.

It was John Williams who was to be the catalyst for our fourth and final goal when he sent a fine cross field ball out to the wing where Ian Foster was ready and waiting.  With a defender rushing in to dis-possess him he quickly dummied him and sent a ground level cross in for Adam Murray to run onto.  In one swift move he took control of the ball before slipping it past Ovendale for the clinching goal.

We bought on Jesper Christiansen for the tiring John Williams along with Abdou Sall for his first home appearance since last season.  Wayne Hatswell made way for him.

The lads then decided to spare City any further embarrassment and played the game out till the end by keeping possession until the final whistle and the three points safely in the bag.

This third home win in a row now moves us up to fifteenth place in the league, nine points clear of the bottom two places but five points behind twelfth placed Cheltenham.  There's quite a gap opening up now and we're looking safer by the minute.  We need to take this form to the Orient next Saturday to really make sure.

FT. 4 - 1

The Harriers-Online
Man of the Match is : 
Mark Yates

I have had to eat my words.

I thought that it was a bad move bringing Yatesy back to Aggie but, along with Viveash, he has helped turn us around from being relegation probables to a team, that if it wasn't this late in the season, could have been still looking at the play-offs.

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Harriers  subs   cards      York City  subs   cards 
Brock   Ovendale  
Viveash     Merris  
Stamps     C Smith  
Hatswell     M Ward  
Hinton     Wise  
Keates     Davies  
Bennett   Wood  
Murray     Nogan  
J Williams     Bullock  
Yates     Walker
Foster     Dickman  
SUBS:       SUBS:    
Danby     Porter  
Sall     Yalcin  
Parrish     Edmondson  
Ward     Bell  
Christiansen     Cooper  

Mr M Cowburn

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