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Harriers 1 Exeter City 2

Date: 05-11-05 Venue: Aggborough att: 1869 away fans: 403
Harriers fail to ignite
This was a game that promised fireworks but apart from taking the lead with a first ever League goal for Simon Heslop and applying plenty of pressure we again ended up on the losing side.    The blame for this has got to be laid at the door of our strikers.

As in previous games they again failed to shoot on sight and continually refused to get into a decent shooting position.    Christie, Atieno and Sheldon just do not have the killer instinct that is needed in a successful footballing side and until we get someone up front with that kind of instinct then we will never get out of this League in the right direction.

Today Christie started on the bench along with Chris McHale, hoping for his first game of the season.    Starting the game for City was Billy Jones, a player that I still can't understand why we let go to see him eventually replaced by Wayne Evans.

The game started at a cracking pace with the Harriers gaining at least 75% of the possession and shots from Heslop and Tai testing the Exeter keeper, Paul Jones, within the first ten minutes of the game.    The main threat for City was coming from the long throw-in's from Jon Challinor and all it needed was a decent header from one of those and we would have been a goal down.    Luckily for us no-one managed to get on the end of one in the first half but they did in the second.

On thirty minutes the Harriers were struck a severe blow when the industrious Simon Russell was fouled on the edge of the area and fell badly.    With his arm hanging limply it was obvious that he had suffered a break of some kind and went off immediately to be replaced by Christie.

Later on it transpired that he had dislocated his wrist.    He'll be out for at least a month with that.

We had further efforts from Mark Jackson and Gareth Sheldon, playing against his old club, came close to putting us ahead when he saw his rasping drive turned round the post by Paul Jones but the first period of play finished goal-less.
HT: 0 - 0
The second half was only five minutes old when we took a surprise lead.    Simon Heslop, on loan from Barnsley, collected a short pass from Taiwo Atieno and took the ball on across the City goal mouth.    Picking his spot he slid the ball just inside the post to send the Harriers fans into seventh heaven.

We upped the ante a bit after the goal with Hatswell getting near to being on the scoresheet with a shot that Jones only just managed to get a hand to.

Slowly Exeter started to get into the game more and it was the set pieces that were causing us the most trouble.    From one such City grabbed their equaliser.

It was one of Challinors long throws that landed in just the right place for Chris Todd to head home from close range and totally un-marked.    Twelve minutes from time and City sealed the win with a cracking goal from Tony Scully.

The ball came over to Scully, on the edge of the area, and side stepping Terry Fleming he lashed in a powerful volley that gave Danny Lewis no chance of stopping.    The Harriers looked a spent force now and City should have increased their lead further but this time Lewis was equal to Steve Flacks long range shot and managed to force the ball around the outside of the post.

Another three points have gone begging after we had looked to be in control for the major part of the game.    Will someone, somewhere please give us a striker.
FT: 1 - 2

 Goal for Harriers: Heslop 49
 Goals for Exeter: Todd 58, Scully 77

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Harriers  subs   cards      Exeter City  subs   cards 
Lewis     P Jones  
Mullins     B Jones  
Hatswell     Woodards  
O'Connor     Gaia  
Jackson     Todd  
Burgess     Scully  
Russell     Taylor  
Heslop     Cronin  
Sheldon     Phillips  
Atieno     Farrell  
Fleming     Challinor  
SUBS:       SUBS:    
Danby     Rice  
Christie     Sawyer  
McHale     Mackie  
Wilson     Flack  
Thompson     Moxey  

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