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Stevenage Borough 3 Harriers 1

Date: 12-11-05 Venue: Broadhall Way att: 2207 away fans: 130
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The Harriers dropped to fourteenth place in the table, their lowest placing so far this season, after this referee influenced defeat at Stevenage's Broadhall Way ground.    He handed the home side a first half penalty that was converted by Darryl Stamp, once of the Harriers, for which Wayne Hatswell was booked, and then did the same in the second half for Stamp to score from the spot again but rightfully didn't book Hats this time because it was never a penalty in the first place.

Christie got the only goal for us but at the end of the day we were just not good enough and until we get someone in to bang in the half chances then we're going to win naff all.

Stuart Watkiss did in fact get a new striker in on Thursday to do just that but for some reason known only to himself left him on the bench until four minutes from the end of a game that was beyond saving by then.

Stuart? if you're going to bring in someone with a great scoring record, even though he's young, then get him on there a bit earlier please, not when it's all over.

We started the game without Martin O'Connor, Gareth Sheldon and Simon Russell but the scares over Iyseden Christie, Darryl Burgess and Mark Jackson were un-founded and all three started the game although Christie was to go off injured later on.    Boro also had their injuries but that didn't really seem to bother them because they have strength in depth.

It was the Harriers that were to make most of the early running and we saw chances wasted by Christie and Heslop, the latter side footing the ball wide in front of an empty goal, before Stevenage were awarded their first penalty.

The highly rated George Boyd took a corner and Wayne Hatswell in-explicably handled as the ball came over.    He got booked and will now miss next weeks game against York City while the former Harrier Darryn Stamp placed the ball on the spot and sent Daniel Lewis the wrong way.

Two minutes later and we had gone further behind when another corner was awarded to Boro and this time Barry Laker got there first and un-hindered to head the ball home for Boro's second goal.

After that crushing blow we then turned in what was probably our best spell of the game but just couldn't get back into the game.
HT: 2 - 0
The second half came and went without us hardly getting a look in until Christies surprise goal on sixty seven minutes.    A poor back header landed perfectly for Issey to run round him, collect the ball and put it past the Boro keeper.    That reprieve was short lived though when Stevenage were handed a free gift courtesy of the London based referee.

Antony Elding played the ball into the box to George Boyd and Hats took the ball cleanly but Boyd fell over his outstretched leg and went spectacularly to ground.    Stamp stepped up again to take the penalty and scored more goals in one game that he did in a whole month for us.

The daft thing was that even though Wayne had been booked earlier in the game, had given away a second penalty and stopped a scoring opportunity the ref didn't even speak to him.    He booked Johnny Mullins instead.

Christie went off injured ten minutes later and was replaced by Lee Thompson while Marc Pugh came on for his debut for us four minutes from the end and forty five minutes too late.    Thompson had our first real shot of the game on the stroke of full time and we came home without an away win since Gravesend six weeks ago
FT: 3 - 1

 Goals for Stevenage: Stamp 25, 70 (2 pens), Laker 27
 Goal for Harriers: Christie 67

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Stevenage  subs   cards      Harriers  subs   cards 
Julian     D Lewis  
Warner     Mullins gif
Quinn     Hatswell gif
Laker     Wilson  
Perpetuini     Jackson  
Bulman     Burgess  
Brough     Fleming gif
Berquez gif   Heslop  
Stamp gif   Christie  
Elding     Atieno  
Boyd     Blackwood  
SUBS:       SUBS:    
Gregory     Danby  
Gore     Thompson  
Weatherstone     Graves  
Schillaci     Hurren  
I Lewis     Pugh  

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