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Date: 07-04-07 Venue: Wessex Stadium att: 1439 away fans: 100 approx
Harriers battle it out for a draw
Gavin Hurren scored our only goal in this typical end of season game at Weymouth today after coming back into the side in place of Jonny Harkness who failed to make it after going off injured at Stevenage during the week.    Also back in the side was James Constable, following suspension, but he only made it as far as the bench after Mark Yates opted to stick with the 4-5-1 line-up that did so well at Broadhall way.

Today it didn't work quite so well but a point is better than none.

In lovely sunny weather it was the Harriers to have the best of the first half with Gavin Hurren opening the scoring in the twelfth minute with the first shot on goal during the game.    The ball was played over the top of Ashley Vickers but with the Weymouth defender thinking that there was no danger Hurren nipped in on his blindside to put the ball past the advancing keeper.

Simon Russell had a chance to increase the scoreline two minutes later but his shot, following a Jake Sedgemore corner, went just wide of the goal.

The game then settled down to a quiet period until Weymouth suddenly found themselves back level again.    A fine cross from James Coutts found Nick Crittenden unmarked on the edge of the area with all the time in the world to send the ball past Scott Bevan.

The Harriers immediately hit back with Iyseden Christie sending a shot just over the bar and then a header from another Sedgemore corner being sent just to the wrong side of the upright by Glenn Wilson.

Midway through the half and the home side slowly started to get on top with shots from Stuart Beavon going wide and Anton Robinson being safely collected by Scott Bevan.    On thirty three minutes the Harriers goalscorer, Hurren, found himself in the referees notebook for a strong tackle on the livewire Danny Phillips.

The game then ran down till halftime with the only chances falling to Russell for us and Crittenden for them.
HT: 1 - 1
Soon after the re-start the Harriers were forced into making their first substitution when Glenn Wilson got injured in a tackle and was replaced by Jon Brady.

The Terras were the stronger side during this half and forced the first chance of the half when Coutts saw his shot go wide followed by a similar miss from Phillips.    Russ Penn was the next to go off for us, without being booked, in a tactical move that saw James Constable come back for his first game in three weeks.    That was quickly followed by Christie making way for Luke Reynolds.

It took just three minutes for Constable to get in on the action when he saw a shot, again, go just wide.    That was it for quite a while then as the game got bogged down in midfield with neither side having the guile to get something more positive going.

That was until around the seventieth minute when Simon Russell had a goal bound shot hit the crossbar and then another spell of in-decisive football followed until Constable messed up a chance to give us the win.

Finding himself in space but with the keeper in his way he could have passed the ball to Hurren who was better placed to score but, finding himself in two minds, he neither passed nor shot and the ball ended up going between the goal and Hurren.

The game ended with Jeff Kenna being shown a rare yellow card for a foul on Raphael Nade and just the one point in the bag for us.

It ended as a typical end of season game with neither side having anything to play for now.    We have another such game on Easter Monday when Woking come to Aggborough.    We might win that one.
FT: 1 - 1

 Goal for Weymouth: Crittenden 21
 Goal for Harriers: Hurren 12

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Weymouth  subs   cards      Harriers  subs   cards 
Jones     Bevan  
Cottrell     Kenna gif
Vickers     Hurren gif
James     Sedgemore  
Bernard     Creighton  
Coutts     Whitehead  
Crittenden     Russell  
Robinson     Penn  
Phillips     Christie  
Beavon     Wilson  
Nade     Blackwood  
SUBS:       SUBS:    
Dutton     S Taylor  
Weatherstone     Smikle  
Platt     Constable  
Tindall     Reynolds  
Bell     Brady  

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