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Harriers 1 Grays Athletic 0

Date: 08-03-08 Venue: Aggborough att: 1262 away fans: 35
Harriers win again
A goal from Darryl Knights, his second in as many games, gave us all three points from this game against Grays Athletic.  Grays would have been hoping for a positive result following the news that they could face ejection from the League for failing to pay a jailbird £14k after he played just twenty minutes of football for them.

Mark Yates went with the same team that put six goals past Stafford Rangers in midweek and also the same players on the bench.  Grays included Danny Kedwell in their side after he scored against Torquay last week in addition to the three he put past us at The Recreation Ground back in August.  The Harriers would be out to avenge that 5-1 drubbing today.

The game started off with both sides equally balanced and it was Grays who were to get the first chances of a goal when Marlon Patterson got in a shot after Chris MacKenzie punched the ball away.  His shot went straight at the Harriers keeper and was saved easily enough.

Iyseden Christie also directed his shot straight at Ross Flitney, the Grays keeper, soon after.

Darryl Knights, playing behind the front men again, was a bundle of energy harrying the Grays defenders and spraying passes around.  His cross found Christie well placed to open the scoring but the linesman spotted him slightly offside and the chance was gone.

More scoring chances were being made by the Harriers than in any other game this season, apart from the Stafford game of course, and following near misses from Barnes-Homer, Christie and Russ Penn we finally opened the scoring in the twenty third minute.

Darryl Knights picked up a pass from Christie on the edge of the area and moved forward a few feet before sending in a curling shot just inside the post that gave Flitney no chance of saving.

Grays retaliated with a couple of attempts to get back into the game but their forward line wasn't as slick as they had hoped and they rarely troubled MacKenzie all game.  Anything that did come his way was punched away rather than saved.  A bit disconcerting for the fans!

The Harriers went into the break having ruled the half throughout and should really have scored more than the single goal scored early in the half.
HT: 1 - 0
So why, after running the first half, did we play the second half out like a team that didn't really want to be there?

Grays had made a change just before half time and again at the start of this half and looked a different side.  They still weren't having much luck in front of goal though and eventually the Harriers took over once more.

The only problem now was that we seemed to have gone shot shy and suddenly remembered that we like to pass the ball around in front of goal rather than shoot on sight.  We did have one shot on goal in the opening period when Christie sent one just past the post.

Midway through the half Jeff Kenna was replaced with Paul Bignot in an attempt to bring in a bit of pace to the defence after Sir Jeff found himself being beaten by the Grays attack once too often.

The miss of the game came in the seventy fifth minute when the normally reliable Russ Penn found himself in acres of space but then blazed his effort way over the bar and over the stand too.  Simon Russell was just as guilty of missing a golden opportunity too when he also found himself heading for goal with just the keeper to beat and not a defender in sight.  For reasons known only to himself he played it sideways to Christie who then hurriedly attempted to shoot but found that the keeper had now become alert to the danger and closed the ball down to block it safely.

Again more chances fell the Harriers way but we failed to take them and eventually the final whistle went to signal another three points in the bag for the Harriers.
FT: 1 - 0

 Goal for Harriers: Knights 23

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Harriers  subs   cards      Grays Athletic  subs   cards 
MacKenzie     Flitney  
Kenna     Sambrook  
Jeannin     Goss  
Knights     Stuart  
Creighton     Downer  
Jones     Ashton  
Russell     Patterson  
Barnes-Homer     Watson  
Christie     J Taylor  
Penn     Kedwell gif
Bennett     Standing  
SUBS:       SUBS:    
Coleman     Eyre  
Smikle     O'Connor  
McGrath     Obersteller  
Harkness     S Taylor  
Bignot     Day gif

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