Harriers 1 Cambridge Utd 0
away fans: 245
Harriers hold on for the points
The Harriers battled to their first win in nine games but had to withstand some heavy second half pressure from Cambridge to ensure that the three points were ours for keeps by the end of the game. Truth is that if it hadn't been for a fortuitous own goal from the former Rushden man, Mark Peters, then we could well have been looking at another goalless draw.
We did almost make a great start to the game when Luke Reynolds narrowly put the ball wide of the Utd goal after being played in by a defence splitting pass from Lee Thompson. On fourteen minutes the Peters own goal went in following a pinpoint corner from Jonny Harkness that looked at first to have come from the head of Simon Rea but was accredited to Peters later on.
Cambridge could, and should, have pulled a goal back some three minutes later when a mix up between the Harriers keeper, Danny Lewis, and Rea let in Craig Westcarr who took the ball from the grasp of Lewis, rounded him and thankfully put it wide. Lewis told Rea just what he thought of his lack of communication and the game carried on with us still one goal to the good.
The rest of the half following that became a bit of a midfield battle with just a booking for Russ Penn following a semi dangerous tackle on Gavin Heeroo that looked much worse than it really was.
HT: 1 - 0
The second half continued in much the same vein until the substitution of Heeroo for the man mountain, Fola Onibuje, in the 60th minute. Immediately you could sense the desperation in the Harriers side as they wondered how to cope with a man a good foot taller than any other player in our side. The rise in vocal tempo from the Cambridge fans as they welcomed the giant onto the pitch also did it's damage and for the rest of the game we were a wreck of a team.
The defence was at sixes and sevens following his introduction and for long spells of the game the midfield went missing as the ball was booted clear at every opportunity. Ironically Onibuje hardly got a sniff of the ball and when he did he didn't do much with it bar shoot wide when he should have scored easily.
Utd had a shot from Westcarr blocked on the line and also missed a chance to score when Lewis dropped the ball but managed to reclaim it before a Cambridge player strived to get his foot to it.
We had a glorious shot from Terry Fleming from outside the area to remember but apart from that very little was on offer from us. Luke Reynolds and Lee Thompson both ran their hearts out for us until Lee was taken off following a knock and Lukey Boy ran himself into the ground.
At least the three points make us safe from the slim chance of relegation and leaves the team free to express themselves in the remaining two games of this very disappointing season.