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Northwich Victoria 0 Harriers 1

Date: 19-08-06 Venue: The Victoria Stadium att: 976 away fans: ?
Harriers victorious at the Vics
The Harriers gained their first win of the season at a very wet Northwich with a first half goal from Luke Reynolds.    So far we have scored in every game this season, so putting the doubters that say we won't be scoring goals this season in their place.

The team was basically the one that started during mid week at Burton with Luke Reynolds up front as a lone striker with Russ Penn supporting him from midfield.    The only change was Gavin Hurren coming in at right back for Jeff Kenna, out with a slight hamstring pull.

With memories of the Worcester friendly still clear in our minds it was another early injury that was to shape the game.    The Northwich striker, Chris Williams, fell badly following a fair challenge by Mark Creighton and had to be taken from the playing field on a stretcher with later reports saying that he had received a broken fibula in the incident.

Our first shot on goal had come six minutes earlier when Russ Penn took a swipe at the ball from twenty five yards out but it never troubled the Vics keeper and went out for a corner after taking a slight deflection.    The next real shot from us came thirty minutes later and that was the one that Lukie Boy scored from.

A pass from Michael Blackwood was slid across the face of the goal to give him the easiest of goals with a simple tap in.

Our only other sight of goal in this half came via a Jake Sedgemore free kick that was easily collected by Phil Senior.    Northwich had their first shot on goal on the stroke of half time when the former Rochdale striker, Kevin Townson, sent a speculative shot over the bar.
HT: 0 - 1
In the second half we had numerous chances to extend our lead but failed to take them.    Reynolds again outpaced a static Vics rearguard only to pull his final shot wide of the mark and Russ Penn saw his low shot from the penalty spot saved by Senior.

Half way through the half and we did manage to get the ball in the net but the Luke Reynolds header from Gavin Cowans cross was ruled out for offside.

Dwaine Lee was replaced with Dean Sturridge soon after and we started to get even further on top but still the clinching goal didn't come.    Shots rained in on the Northwich goal from Sturridge and Gavin Hurren only to be saved by the secure handling of Senior.

Further substitutions were made with Simon Russell coming on for Brian Smikle and Dean Sturridge being subbed himself for Andy White in the dying seconds of the game.    Northwich had a final chance to rescue the game just before the end but Keiron Charnock sent his shot well wide of the target.

The three points gained from this game should set us up nicely for the visit of table toppers Weymouth next Saurday.    It could be a tough game but Weymouth have to lose sometime.
FT: 0 - 1

 Goal for Harriers: Reynolds 35

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Northwich  subs   cards      Harriers  subs   cards 
Senior     Bevan  
Battersby     Hurren  
Gallimore     Cowan gif
Charnock gif   Penn  
Griffiths     Creighton  
Byrne     Whitehead  
Carr     Smikle  
Payne     Sedgemore  
Williams     Reynolds  
Townson     Lee  
Allan     Blackwood  
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Connett     Taylor  
Sale     Harkness  
Brayson     Sturridge  
Roca     White  
McCarthy     Russell  

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