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  Branch 28
  Ellison 52
  Davies 64
Wayne Hatswell will miss the next three games after he was dubiously sent off.
Can we end the season now please?
  harriers-online match report
Tuesday 26th October 2004 
Another disastrous result

The Harriers collapsed to yet another defeat in Chester tonight when they went down 3 - 0 to a City side that included a former Harrier, Ben Davies, that scored the third goal.

The Reds Captain, Wayne Hatswell, was also dismissed following a dubious decision by the referee.  He was judged to have bought down Michael Branch as he found himself free on goal but Wayne actually got the ball away from him before Branch fell over his outstretched leg.

He will now miss the crucial game against Shrewsbury this Saturday, also the Boston game and the FA Cup game in three weeks time.

There were a couple of changes to the starting line-up with Steve Burton surprisingly returning to left back in place of McHale and Freddy Advice replacing Ian Foster.  Both those were relegated to the bench where they didn't get the chance to sit alongside Christie because he was missing yet again.  This is getting to be a joke!

It was City who started the game stronger when Michael Branch missed a golden opportunity to put his side in front after he chested down a pass from Ellison but failed to control it before mis-hitting it.

It took us until the twenty first minute before we managed to muster a shot on goal.  That came when James Keene hit a goal bound overhead kick that was cleared off the line by Phil Bolland.

In the twenty eighth minute Branch got the first goal for City.  A flag kick was taken from the right by Ben Davies and without any challenge form the Harriers defenders Branch was given a free header to place it past a helpless Danby.

There was then a flurry of bookings for Chester as the referee, Mark Cowburn, put Edmondson, Davies and Belle into his book during the remainder of the first half.  A first half that we failed to test the City keeper once.

The only time that we came close to scoring was from a shot from Abdou Sall that was blocked on the line on the stroke of half time.

HT. 1 - 0

Within six minutes of the restart our fate had been sealed by a referee yet again when Wayne Hatswell was sent off.  From the resulting free kick Kevin Ellison scored the goal of the game when he curled it round the wall and round Danby from 25yds out.

After that we went to pieces.  In a tactical change Jan Molby bought Chris McHale for Freddy and then later on Ian Foster and Youssou Diop in exchange for Keene and Langmead but the changes made no difference to our gutless attack.

Our faces were rubbed into it just after when a player that Molby deemed not good enough for this level scored the third goal of the night.  Substitute Daryl Clare's effort was saved by John Danby but Ben Davies was waiting for the rebound and returned it with interest.

City could have gone on to add to their lead with chances that went begging from Clare and Drummond.  We didn't have one single attempt on goal during the entire second half and that spells doom to any neutral.

On Saturday Jan Molby will be in the Last Chance Saloon.  A draw will not be enough to save his skin.

The game against Shrewsbury MUST be won.

FT. 3 - 0

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Chester City  subs   cards      Harriers  subs   cards 
MacKenzie     Danby  
Edmondson   Cooper  
Bolland     Burton  
Hope     Sall  
Hessey     Hatswell
Drummond     Keates
Davies   Jenkins
Carden     Advice  
Ellison     Langmead  
Belle   Keene  
Branch     Christiansen  
SUBS:       SUBS:    
Doyle     Lewis  
Rapley     Foster  
Harris     McHale  
Vaughan     Diop  
Clare     McMahon  

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