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Harriers 1 Crawley Town 1



Date: 06-10-07 Venue: Aggborough att: 1462 away fans: 55
Oh! dear Chris. What a calamity
Chris MacKenzies erratic form continued today once we had got back to Aggborough.    On his debut for us two weeks ago, when we played host to Torquay Utd, he gifted them the majority of their five goals through blunders.    Out on the road at Salisbury and Northwich he looked much better and won the Man of the Match in both games but today, back at home, he gifts Crawley a goal when we looked to be pressing for a second goal of our own.

This time he had placed the ball on the ground for a goalkick but failed to see Guy Madjo behind him.    Madjo didn't need any prompting and hooked the ball way from him to then turn and slip it into the net.    A goal reminiscent of the one that Dion Dublin poached when Coventry played Newcastle a few seasons back.

The rest of the game was literally forgettable.    A real dreary effort by both sides even though the referee tried to spice things up with some petty bookings and an obvious thank you to Crawley for letting him use Gatwick airport when he went to Benidorm a few weeks ago.

Gavin Hurren was back for us after his recent three game absence and almost immediately picked up a yellow card to start his collection again when he was booked for a tough tackle on a Crawley player.    Andy Ferrell dropped to the bench to make way for him.

As said before the game was not much to write home about and apart from a few speculative efforts from both sides nothing really happened until almost on the whistle at forty five minutes.

Michael Blackwood sent over a long cross from the touchline and with it seemingly going over James Constables head it suddenly dips and falls perfectly for him to loop a strong header over the static Ashley Bayes in the visitors goal for his tenth goal of the season.

Seconds later we should have been two goals to the good when Justin Richards sent in a powerful volley that cannons off the underside of the crossbar, down onto the line and is then cleared to safety by the Crawley defence.
HT: 1 - 0
The second half was just as bad as the first and in some ways was even worse.    The ball spent most of the time in the air and our passing deteriorated to non-existent.

Dean Bennett was subbed after taking a knock in a clash with Pittman who got rightfully booked and Brian Smikle came on in his place.

Richards came close to scoring for us midway through the second period when he blasted the ball towards the Crawley goal but somehow Bayes got down to it and pushed it away for a fruitless corner.    Then another chance fell our way when a super low cross from Smikle flashed across the face of the goal and Richards only just failed to connect with the ball.

Then came the embarrassing moment for MacKenzie when he allowed Madjo to score what must be the easiest goal of his career.

We had a final chance of regaining all three points near to the end when Constable had calls for a penalty turned down.    He had collected a ball in the area and as he flicked it over the head of Pablo Mills he found himself body checked by him.    The ref waved away all calls for a penalty and only he knows why.    He must be a 'friend' of Amy Raynor.

For the final five minutes the game drifts to a close and the fans drift away totally under whelmed.
FT: 1 - 1

 Goal for Harriers: Constable 45
 Goal for Crawley: Madjo 70


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Harriers  subs   cards      Crawley Town  subs   cards 
MacKenzie     Bayes  
Bignot     Krause  
Harkness     Bull gif
Hurren gif   Bulman  
Creighton     Mills  
Whitehead     Stevens  
Bennett     Thompson gif
Constable     Pinault  
Richards gif   Madjo gif
Penn     Cook  
Blackwood     Pittman gif
SUBS:       SUBS:    
Coleman     Clapham  
Barnes-Homer     Evans  
Smikle     Vieira  
Ferrell     Joseph-Dubois  
McGrath     Watson  

REFEREE:
Mr M Naylor
Sth Yorkshire





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