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Harriers 0 Stevenage Borough 0

Date: 01-04-06 Venue: Aggborough att: 1490 away fans: 150
A much more solid performance
After two drubbings at home in recent weeks Kidderminster Harriers had to buckle down, graft hard and tighten that leaking defence up and, if at all possible, score a goal or two.    Well the defence was looking better, keeping a strong looking Stevenage forward line quiet but again our attack is totally clueless.

To be fair Luke Reynolds was carrying an injury and shouldn't really have started but the tactic of playing Jon Newby as a lone striker at home with Reynolds sitting slightly deeper behind him is never going to work.    Especially when we're playing at home.

Jake Sedgemore came back into the side at the expense of Jonny Harkness who dropped onto the bench as did Gareth Sheldon, displaced by the aforementioned Reynolds.    The biggest change was between the sticks though where Danny Lewis regained his place from John Danby after his recent nightmare games

Stevenage had a former Harriers loan player upfront for them in Darryn Stamp and on the bench was Robert Duffy, the ex Rushden striker, who had joined Stevenage at the last minute despite the transfer deadline having passed two weeks ago and only emergency players being allowed to be signed.

That rule didn't take long to be made a mockery of then?

A swirling wind made the game hard to play for both sides and it seems that Stevenage had won the toss because they elected to play with the wind for the second half.    It was Boro who had the first chance of the game when the Peter Crouch look-a-like Luke Oliver got his head below cloud level to get on the end of free kick but Lewis saved well enough to stop an early goal going in.

Gareth Sheldon came on for Reynolds soon after following a re-occurrence of his recent injury.

It was our turn to come close to scoring, just before half time, when a header from defender Simon Rea was cleared off the line by a Stevenage player but it had been a boring half, spoilt by the wind, along with an end of season feel to it.    All the more surprising seeing that Boro are supposed to be going all out for a play off place.
HT: 0 - 0
The second period was very similar to the first with very little movement in front of goal from both sides but plenty of decent defending from us.    Fifteen minutes in and Jon Newby had a chance, supplied by Russell Penn, that bought the best out of the visiting keeper, Julian, when he managed to get a diving hand to Newby's shot to push it around the upright.

It was the highly rated George Boyd for Stevenage who was the next to bring a gasp from the crowd, or was the gasp for Simon Rea after a bullet drive from the Stevenage man cannoned off the Harriers defenders head with Rea not seeming to know much about it.

Stevenage were starting to step up their attacks now and it was the next foray forward by them that led to the dismissal of Daryl Burgess.

Burgess had already been booked in an incident earlier and when he bought down Jon Nurse on the edge of the area he was instantly red carded for stopping a goal scoring opportunity although Nurse was going across the face of the goal and not actually making a bee line for it.    Burgess will miss the games at York next Sunday and also the trip to Canvey on Good Friday because that was his second red card of the season.

The free kick for that incident came to nothing but Stevenage did get one last chance to score when Boyd volleyed a shot in soon after but Danny Lewis superbly punched the ball over his crossbar for a corner.

When the final whistle blew it was a relief not to be going home defeated by four or five goals again but Stevenage never really looked like scoring that amount and would have been lucky to get one goal today.    They didn't look all that good and I think there are better teams that them with a chance of the play offs.
FT: 0 - 0

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Harriers  subs   cards      Stevenage  subs   cards 
Lewis     Julian  
Sedgemore     Warner  
Mullins     Goodliffe  
Penn     Oliver  
Rea     Gregory  
Burgess gif gif   Henry  
Fleming     Miller  
Hurren     Nurse  
Reynolds     Maamria  
Newby gif   Stamp  
Blackwood     Boyd  
SUBS:       SUBS:    
Danby     Gore  
Harkness     Quinn  
Thompson     Louis  
Russell     Duffy  
Sheldon     Weatherstone  

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