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Harriers 0 Morecambe 1



Date: 21-04-07 Venue: Aggborough att: 1654 away fans: 155
Have we got to expect this rubbish at Wembley
I think the stats for this game speak volumes.

Possession: Harriers 35% Morecambe 65%

Shots on target: Harriers 1 Morecambe 4

Shots off target: Harriers 3 Morecambe 9

Corners: Harriers 3 Morecambe 8

This time the stats don't lie because it was that bad.    We got just the one shot on target and that came from the man that was substituted to make way for reserve keeper Steve Taylor to take his place between the sticks and then seconds later pick the ball out of the net.

The reason for Taylors appearance was down to Scott Bevan being the last man when Gary Thompson beat the, ever risky, offside trap and our defenders stood waiting for the whistle.    It never came and Scott tried to get the ball from the Morecambe strikers feet but, as always, the slightest contact is going to bring a man in full flight down.

Thompson couldn't avoid it and we can't argue with it.    As it was the best player on the pitch until that moment was sacrificed to make way for Taylor and only Mark Yates can tell us why he made such a lamentable decision.

The game started with Christie and Constable this time with it being obvious that after starting with Hay and Reynolds mid week didn't work and was never going to.    Ironically it looks like the pairing of our two first choice strikers isn't working either and one wonders wether they're on the same wavelength because they just don't seem able to work as a team.

Add into the equation that the midfield was non existent yet again and the lack of service to our front two blindingly obvious.

Another reason for our poor home form can also be directed to the groundstaff - Eric, I think his name is - that have failed to water the pitch since the Aldershot game, that was only watered after that game had ended, and could explain why the pitch was bone hard, too hard to pass a ball comfortably on.    Are the sprinklers running at Aggborough as I write this?

As mentioned Russell had our only shot on target when he volleyed just over the bar after spotting the Morecambe keeper slightly off his line with their goal coming late in the half.

HT: 0 - 1
The second period was even worse than the first forty five minutes.

Harriers fans had paid good money to come and see this tripe and the thoughts on most peoples minds was 'how will we manage to survive what is going to be a tough game against Stevenage at Wembley if this team cannot be bothered to raise their game in the run up to it'.

We don't look to be mentally ready for such an important game and we have just two games left, both away, to find some kind of form to take with us to the National Stadium.    Against teams like Morecambe, in fact against any team, we should have fire in our bellies and be raring to get out there and at least try to look convincing even if we lose.    This present side look as convincing as Bromsgrove Rovers claim to be the Pride of Worcestershire.

Gavin Hurren had a chance to grab an equaliser three minutes from time but fluffed his chance and that was it.

Rubbish, downright rubbish!
FT: 0 - 1

 Goal for Morecambe: Thompson 42 (pen)


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Harriers  subs   cards      Morecambe  subs   cards 
Bevan gif   Dredge  
Kenna     Yates  
Hurren     Blackburn  
Sedgemore     Adams  
Creighton     Bentley  
Whitehead     Stanley  
Russell     Sorvel  
Smikle     Brannan gif
Christie     Lloyd  
Constable     Carlton  
Blackwood     Thompson  
SUBS:       SUBS:    
S Taylor     Davies  
Hay     Howard  
Reynolds     McNiven  
McGrath     McLachlan  
Brady     Burns  

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