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Harriers 4 Scarborough 0    (FA Trophy 1)

Date: 17-12-05 Venue: Aggborough att: 457 away fans: 42
Rampant Harriers see off feeble Scarborough
The Harriers saw off the threat to their hopes of some silverware today when they thrashed a very poor Scarborough side and in truth they could have easily doubled the score if it hadn't been for the woodwork and some last gasp defending.

Twice in the opening minutes we saw two stunning shots hit the crossbar, first from Russell Penn and then a few minutes later from Simon Heslop.    Thankfully we did finally open the scoring on thirteen minutes after a scramble in the goalmouth ended with Lee Thompson claiming the final touch as the ball slipped in past the 'Boro keeper Dunbavin.

We started the game with Iyseden Christie in the starting line-up after initial fears that he would not make the team sheet following a neck injury from two weeks ago.    Michael Blackwood found himself restored to the side after the return of Marc Pugh back to Burnley and on the bench came Gareth Sheldon back from injury.

The game started very hesitantly with most of the ball being played above the cloud line or being sent out of play for throw-ins but then once the initial jitters were overcome the Harriers settled down to play some slick passing football.    They were being given every opportunity to display their skills though because Scarborough were just as bad as the Dagenham side that we beat 3-1 two weeks ago.

The second goal went in on twenty four minutes when Michael Blackwood managed to get onto the end of a perfect cross from the impressive Patrick Flynn and send the ball flying into the back of the away sides net.    Minutes later and we could have easily gone three up but this time a Scarborough defender managed to get to a downward header from Johnny Mullins just in time and clear it away to safety.

With the referee looking at his watch to see when halftime would be up pops Christie to get on the end of a Terry Fleming free kick and deflect it past Dunbavin for the third strike of what had been a comprehensive first half rout of the struggling Northeners.
HT: 3 - 0
With Tuesdays LDV Trophy game against Bradford City uppermost in their minds it was understandable that the Reds were not going to stretch them selves too much and stepped off the gas for long periods of the remainder of the game.

Ten minutes in and we sealed our passage into the next round when we were awarded a penalty for a pull on the shirt of Simon Heslop just as he was about to pass the ball to Christie.    To everyone's surprise, and bewilderment, Mark Jackson stepped up to take the spot kick and in true defenders fashion half hit the ball just to the left of the keeper.    He stupidly pushed the ball back towards Simon Heslop who didn't make the same mistake has his skipper and smashed the ball home.

For a short period of time Scarborough came more into the game but it was all a little bit too late.    Danny Lewis almost gifted them a consolation goal when he spilled the ball for the second week running but the lurking 'Boro striker failed to make the most of an early Christmas present and Lewis managed to recover enough to reclaim the ball.

In the dying minutes we could have got a fifth goal but the Scarborough keeper redeemed himself when he pulled off an amazing save from a Wayne Hatswell volley that was earmarked for glory.    Just after that Johnny Mullins limped off injured after falling badly and could be missing for the game against Bradford.

Four Nil was a creditable scoreline in retrospect but it could so easily have been more.    It's a pity that our joy was tarnished by the news coming through that Hereford had won at bloody Bognor with a 7-1 score that'll see the Bulls fans crowing about it for the rest of the week.
FT: 4 - 0

 Goals for Harriers: Thompson 13, Blackwood 24, Christie 43, Heslop 56.

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Harriers  subs   cards      Scarborough  subs   cards 
Lewis     Dunbavin  
Flynn     Hackworth  
Hatswell     Lyth gif
Jackson     Weaver gif
Mullins     Hughes  
Penn     Bishop  
Fleming     Nicholson  
Heslop     Fowler  
Christie     Quayle gif
Thompson     Baker gif
Blackwood     Jarvis  
SUBS:       SUBS:    
Danby     Walker  
Hurren     Cook  
Atieno     Clark gif
Burgess     Parton  
Sheldon     McClare gif

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