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Harriers 0 Burton Albion 0

Date: 27-03-07 Venue: Aggborough att: 1635 away fans: 216
Harriers play-off hopes fading fast
The Harriers dropped down to eleventh place in the table tonight and probably waved goodbye to their play-off hopes for this season.    Luckily we still have the FA Trophy final to look forward to and with today's confirmation that it will be held at the all new Wembley Stadium we can now say "who want's the play-offs anyway cos' we're going to Wembley".

Tonight's game against promotion hopefuls saw a reprieve for Stuart Whitehead after it was believed that he would miss the game due to a red card against him at St Albans on Saturday.    With his appearance on the pitch tonight many fans thought that maybe the one game ban wouldn't kick in until next Saturday now but it appears even that would have been wrong and it has now been wiped off all together.

James Constable didn't get any such luck in his appeal against a straight red card though and the three game punishment stands.    In his place tonight came Luke Reynolds.

All of last weeks new signings were missing from the starting line-up with Jon Brady and Glenn Wilson on the bench and Andy Ferrell out all together with a minor injury.    Simon Russell, Jeff Kenna and Gavin Hurren returned to the side.

There was little in the way of goalmouth action in the early stages of the contest but the Harriers appeared to have a good call for a penalty in the eighth minute after Michael Blackwood shook off Aaron Webster and made his way into the box where he went down under a challenge from Ryan Austin.    Calls went up for a penalty but the referee waved those calls away and the ball was cleared to safety by Burton.

Our first real strike on goal came in the twentieth minute when Blackwood again got into a great position to meet a downward header from Iyseden Christie and then send a volley in towards the far post only to see the veteran Burton keeper, Kevin Poole, turn the ball away for a corner.    Luke Reynolds got onto the end of the Jonny Harkness delivered corner but his header was cleared off the line by Walsall loanee Alec Nicholls.

Christie was the next to try his luck at testing the visiting keeper and sent in a curling shot that, again, Poole was equal to.    The resulting corner came to nothing.

It took until midway through the half before we saw any kind of threat from Burton but Darryl Clare managed to break free from the attentions of Jeff Kenna to get onto Shaw’s header and send in a shot from the edge of the area that Steve Taylor didn't see coming till late and he only just managed to turn it around the post.

In the thirty fourth minute Mark Creighton picked up his fifth booking of the season for a late challenge on Paul Carden and soon after Danny Holmes was booked for kicking the ball away after conceding a free kick.

There was just the one chance after that for the Harriers and that fell for the lively Simon Russell after he showed great skill to rob Webster of the ball and then take it past him.    His lobbed shot to the far post was only just gathered safely by Poole as he back peddled to get to it.
HT: 0 - 0
Burton started this second half the more stronger of the two sides and had an early chance when Carden broke down the left and sent in a cross to Darren Stride.    Taylor got to the ball and saved well under pressure but got injured in the process and had to have lengthy treatment as Jake Sedgemore came off the bench for a quick warm up in case he was needed.    Thankfully Taylor recovered enough to carry on.

Christie was the first to get in on the action for us but he could have done better when he found himself on the corner of the area with the ball on his wrong foot.    With Reynolds and Blackwood waiting for the pass he decided to try a shot himself and the ball rolled aimlessly across the face of the goal, out of reach of the others.

The Harriers had an incredible reprieve in the fifty fifth minute when Nicholls beat an out of position Harkness to the ball and sent in a cross for Jon Shaw to hammer against the crossbar.    The ball flew back off the bar and straight to Clare for a second chance but this time the ball flew well over the bar with Taylor helpless on the ground.

Mid way through the half and the Harriers entered into their best spell of the game as Blackwood seemed to be forced wide by the Burton defenders only to double back and leave them for dead.    His powerful shot was straight at Poole but the keeper couldn't hold it and could only push it as far as Reynolds who couldn't control the ball and it went just wide of the post.

Mark Yates made a few changes then in response to Burton's subbing of Alec Gilroy with former Harrier Andy Corbett.    On came Jon Brady for Michael Blackwood and Gary Hay for Luke Reynolds.

The only chance after that fell for Christie when he sent a shot just past the post but injured himself in the process.    With the fans thinking that Yates may have been a bit too hasty in taking Reynolds off Christie responded to Ian Fosters attentions and carried on, but with a slight limp, for the remainder of the game.

The game finally ran out all square and we look to have lost our goal scoring touch.    Are we saving the goals for Wembley?
FT: 0 - 0

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Harriers  subs   cards      Burton  subs   cards 
S Taylor     Poole  
Kenna     Brayford  
Harkness     Webster  
Hurren     Holmes gif
Creighton gif   Carden  
Whitehead     Austin  
Russell     Stride  
Penn     Shaw  
Christie     Clare  
Reynolds     Nicholls  
Blackwood     Gilroy  
SUBS:       SUBS:    
Sedgemore     Corbett  
Smikle     Harrad  
Brady     Tinson  
Hay     Ducros  
Wilson     Bell  

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