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Harriers 2 Southport 0

Date: 19-09-06 Venue: Aggborough att: 1258 away fans: 44
First home win of the season
The Harriers cruised to their first home win of the season tonight against a Southport side that tried hard to match our pace and endeavour but in the end just hadn't got enough in the tank to do so.    With the game being played at 100mph throughout almost all of the game it was end to end stuff that produced the right result for us.

Jeff Kenna was missing at the back for us so Jake Sedgemore stepped into his boots, Simon Russell replaced Jamie McClen and up-front Luke Reynolds was dropped to the bench with a starting place for Andy White.    For Southport the Harriers legend Mike Marsh was on the bench.

Southport were the first to stage an attack on goal when a low cross by Mark Jackson ran across the face of the goal that Lee only just failed to connect with.    It was an early let off for us and also an early warning to buckle down to the task.

We were finding it hard to beat a pretty solid 'Port defence and matters weren't being helped with the offside flag continually going up.    All our shots were long range because of that with Russ Penn and Michael McGrath both trying their luck from distance.

In the twenty seventh minute Southport suffered a major set-back when their number five, Lee, was stretchered off with a suspected broken ankle.    He was replaced by Michael Powell.

Southport had another chance to open the scoring via Jackson when his shot forced Scott Bevan to push the ball away for a corner.    Russ Penn replied with a run through their defence and let go with a shot that was easily saved by Robinson.

The whistle went for half time soon after and things were looking good for us once again.    No goals conceded but then again none scored either.
HT: 0 - 0
Within minutes of the re-start we had got that long awaited goal and it was a first of the season for Andy White.    Russ Penn broke through the Southport defence to pass to Iyseden Christie who then crossed the ball for White to head the ball down into the corner from close range.

For a few minutes after the goal Southport seemed to be spurred into action and began to control the game but the Harriers soon brushed any threats of losing the lead to one side and kept trying to get the all important second goal.

Andy White had got the bit between his teeth now and tried to get into the box at every opportunity but his old failing of being un-able to jump and a tendency to fall down a lot was not helping him.    His strike partner, Christie, was looking more industrious too and on a couple of occasions even went back to help in defence.    He also missed a sitter mid way through the half when he mis-kicked the ball with his wrong foot.

It didn't matter though because soon after Gavin Hurren scored his first goal for the Harriers, and what a goal it was.    From twenty yards out Gav let loose a shot that just flew into the net to leave Robinson stranded and us two goals to the good for the first time this season.

Russ Penn had a chance to get on the scoresheet himself soon after with a shot of equal velocity that could have broken the net if it hadn't gone just over the crossbar.

A couple of minutes from the end Scott Eaton came on for his debut in place of Andy White and the Harriers fans trooped home, happy once again.
FT: 2 - 0

 Goals for Harriers: White 49, Hurren 74

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Harriers  subs   cards      Southport  subs   cards 
Bevan     Robinson  
Sedgemore     Lane  
Harkness     Hoolickin  
Hurren gif   Rowland  
Creighton     Lee  
Whitehead     Boyd  
Russell     Clancy  
White     Blakeman  
Christie     Smith  
Penn     Maamria gif
McGrath gif   Jackson  
SUBS:       SUBS:    
S Taylor     Bagnall  
Eaton     Gray  
Reynolds     Powell  
Smikle     Douglas  
Blackwood     Marsh  

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