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Harriers 0 Woking 1

Date: 09-04-07 Venue: Aggborough att: 1479 away fans: 86
What is the problem?
Just that.    What is the problem with this side when they come up against a team that are basically rubbish.    Make no bones about it but the Woking side that we saw today are a poor shadow of the side that we used to play against ten years ago.

Then, during the time of Clive Walker and co, they looked like a side that could do well in the Football League with their strong work ethic and slick passing.    Now they'd struggle against the likes of Bromsgrove Rovers and Stourport Swifts.

So where does that leave us, a team that had 75% of the possession at one stage and looked like running riot.    We gave up, we looked dis-interested and we have other things on our minds.

But it's no good thinking that you can't go into that tackle in case you get too badly injured to play at Wembley or by saving yourself physical effort you're going to be in peak condition come May 12th.

The fans paid good money today to come and see that lethargic crap so are they expected to queue up and pay far more for even more crap at Wembley?    For some it will be a case of wanting to see our new national stadium rather that the two teams walking out onto the hallowed turf but for some, regular fans, we'll want to be seeing a winning side first and an overpriced architects dream second.

This team have got to start putting the results back together again or face a terrible backlash post Wembley.    Start earning your corn at Rushden next week and get into the right frame of mind for OURS as well as YOUR big day.

Today it took us just three minutes to expose the visitors weak defence when Jon Brady, once of Woking, crossed perfectly for Michael Blackwood to send a header slightly too high over the bar.    This was followed up with a shot from Gavin Hurren from twenty yards out that went the wrong side of the post and a shot from James Constable that stung the hands of the Woking keeper, Gindre, and made him drop the hot potato.

We were being given free rein by the visitors to attack at will and when they did manage to get hold of the ball they were giving it to the Severn Valley Railway to look after.    Even the keeper couldn't keep the ball on the pitch.

As time went on we found ourselves being dragged down to the same level and eventually the shots on goal dried up and the game deteriorated into a midfield mess.

Five minutes before half time and the inevitable happened.

It started with a near miss on his own goal from Gavin Hurren as he found himself under pressure but a great save from Bevan was his saviour.    Straight after Woking were awarded a free kick following a clumsy tackle by Glenn Wilson on Liam Marum and, with the kick being taken by Neil Smith, the ball was played out to Goma Lambu who then sent it across the goal for Marum to tap home from close range.
HT: 0 - 1
The second half was nothing to write home about so I'm not going to bother except for two incidents.

The first was a double save from Gindre after Constables first shot was saved and then his follow up was pushed onto the post.

The second, and probably the more important, was Russ Penn being given his fifteenth booking of the season for a nothing offence after Mark Creighton had fouled Daniel Webb on the halfway line - Wilson was also booked too.    Penn argued with the ref and now, barring a disaster, Penn is free to play at Wembley because he'll have completed his three match ban by then.    Just don't get yourself sent off in the last game of the season please Russell.

The game ended soon after the bookings with the Harriers seeming entirely un-interested in going past the halfway line and the crowd drifting un-interestingly away.    Now that is worrying!
FT: 0 - 1

 Goal for Woking: Marum 40

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Harriers  subs   cards      Woking  subs   cards 
Bevan     Gindre  
Kenna     Green  
Wilson gif   Bunce  
Hurren     Smith  
Creighton     Hutchinson  
Whitehead     MacDonald  
Brady     Lambu  
Sedgemore     Murray  
Christie     McAllister  
Constable     Marum  
Blackwood     Gier  
SUBS:       SUBS:    
S Taylor     Bittner  
Hay     Selley  
Russell     Webb  
Smikle     Pearce  
Penn gif   Sole  

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