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Aldershot Town 4 Harriers 2

Date: 14-10-06 Venue: Recreation Ground att: 2182 away fans: 100+
Christie double not enough
The Harriers in-consistent season continued today when they ended the game at Aldershot, destroyed by a Marcus Gayle hat-trick, as 4-2 losers despite a brace by Iyseden Christie that had dragged us back into the game after initially going a goal down.

Following the positive results against Grays and Oxford last week the Harriers fans could not be blamed for thinking that we had turned the corner and were about to march up the table.    With basically an un-changed side that played on Tuesday, with the exception of the thrice suspended Paul Bignot, we started the game nervously and could have been two goals down by the time that John Grant opened the scoring for the Shots.

On eight minutes he advanced on Scott Bevans goal and our defenders stood off allowing his right footed shot slipped between the hands of Bevan and the post.

Eventually we found our feet and started to get back into the game.    A few chances weren't taken for us but a glimmer of light came when Craig Nelthorpe, on loan from Doncaster, sent in a shot that was pushed over the bar by Nicky Bull, the Shots keeper.    For some in-explicable reason the referee gave a goal kick.

Nelthorpe had another shot over the bar a few minutes later and Simon Russell saw his shot pushed away by Bull but then we pulled one back as we piled on the pressure.    Ryan Williams had been caught offside and was too busy arguing about the referees decision to notice that the free kick had been taken.    The Nelthorpe kick was sent over to Iyseden Christie who made no mistake with a header that went just beyond the finger tips of the Town keeper.

Two minutes later and Issey had doubled his total for the season and put us into a 2-1 lead after beating off two weak challenges from Shots defenders and fired in a curling shot that gave the keeper no chance of stopping.    The home side went off the field to a chorus of derision from their fans.
HT: 1 - 2
Terry Brown, the Aldershot manager, had obviously given his under performing side a good talking too during the break and started the second half with a substitution.    Joel Grant replacing Loius Soares to join his name-sake John up front.

There was no real difference to their play and the Harriers lead was looking safe.    That all changed when Brown sent on the ex 'Real' Wimbledon forward Marcus Gayle.

First Joel Grant played the ball out to David Lee who then sent over the ball to the back post for Gayle to send a header into the top right-hand corner and then just four minutes later the veteran striker had taken his side into a lead that had looked unlikely just ten minutes previous.    Curtis Osano, on loan from Reading, collected the ball down the right, cut inside, and crossed to Lee who, in turn, crossed for Gayle to shoot home from ten yards.

It wasn't all going the home sides way though and the Harriers were still trying hard to get back into the game.    Gavin Hurren had a shot that sailed over the bar from twenty five yards out but that was just a respite from the Gayle force hat trick.

That was completed in the seventy eighth minute when the big thirty seven year old got onto the end of a Darren Barnard cross to, again, the far post and he was there to meet it with another thundering header that gave Bevan no chance of stopping.

We saw no further chances of re-claiming the game even after we changed to a three man strike force with the addition of Andy White upfront and Aldershot had further chances to increase their lead with two efforts from Joel Grant that were both off target.

We have another tough away game next Saturday at an in-form Dagenham.    I just hope they haven't got an ex Wimbledon striker in their ranks.
FT: 4 - 2

 Goals for Aldershot: John Grant 8, Gayle 67, 71, 77
 Goals for Harriers: Christie 42, 44

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Aldershot  subs   cards      Harriers  subs   cards 
Bull     Bevan  
Oseno     Sedgemore  
Barnard     Blackwood  
Newman gif   Hurren  
Winfield     Creighton  
Edwards     Whitehead  
Soares     Russell  
Lee     Penn  
John Grant     Christie  
Harding     Reid  
Williams     Nelthorpe  
SUBS:       SUBS:    
Wells     C Taylor  
Smith     White  
Gayle     Reynolds  
Ridgeway     Smikle  
Joel Grant     McGrath  

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