Harriers 1 Histon 1
away fans: 58
Goals dry up at Aggborough again
For the second home game running the Harriers failed to score more than one goal and again a home fixture ended in a draw. On the road it's a different matter and we 're banging the goals in from every angle with a the most recent one coming at Halifax on Tuesday when we put six past them.
Four of those came from the boot of the livewire Russell Penn but today he looked jaded and tired. It wasn't his best of games.
We were without Mark Creighton for this game. He had an infection in his foot and so couldn't play but he was available to pick up his award for the Player of the Season for the second year in a row. In place of Mark came Michael Wylde, making his full debut for us after coming on as a sub at Halifax.
In charge of the game was the legendary, for the wrong reasons, Amy Rayner. She was just waiting for her bestest ever Harrier, Iyseden Christie, to do something wrong so she could book him.
A scrappy start to the game saw the visitors make the best of the chances given to them. The first came in the opening few minutes when a shot was fired in and Danny Wright came rushing in just as Dean Coleman had grabbed hold of the ball. Wright fell over him along with Christie as our man rushed in to help too.
Wright got injured for his efforts and spent the next ten minutes hobbling around before going down in the centre of the pitch holding his foot. From the re-start Christie opened the scoring.
The ball was played over to Andy Ferrell and he sent in a first time cross for the waiting Christie to turn and fire his seventeenth goal of the campaign into the net beyond the reach of Danny Naisbitt.
Following the goal the Harriers took control completely and could have scored more but some brilliant keeping from Naisbitt and last second hesitancy from us denied them the chance of increasing the lead. Simon Russell had a great chance with a shot from thirty yards out that looked to heading for the back of the net until Naisbitt got a hand to it to push it away.
Christie had a good chance to add another goal to his tally three minutes later following a good cross from Matt Barnes-Homer. Again the Histon keeper got to it to push it out for a fruitless corner.
A midfield battle then took over for the next ten minutes or so with the only chance falling for Dean Bennett when he crashed a shot against the post from Simon Russell's corner. Russ Penn was the next to try and increase our slender lead with a shot that he sent wide when he really could have done better.
With time running down to the halftime whistle the visitors had their first real attempt on goal. Thankfully Dean Coleman was on as good as form as his counterpart at the other end when he tipped over a volley from Matthew Knight-Percival.
HT: 1 - 0
The second half was a great disappointment for the Harriers fans. With us expecting to go on and finish Histon off it turned out somewhat differently.
We started off the half well with a shot from MBH that flashed across the goal but not close enough to cause any damage but then a mistake from Coleman handed Histon a way back in. They had a corner that should have been easily dealt with but Coleman hesitated and dropped the ball. In the melee Danny Wright bundled the ball over the line to get his side back into the game.
Dean made amends for his mistake seconds after when he raced out of goal to block Antonio Murray's shot.
Histon now took charge of the game and the Harriers looked ragged all over the pitch. Our passes were going astray and when we did manage to get hold of the ball, and keep it, we were far too slow on the break with countless chances being lost through the frontmen not keeping up with play or not playing wide enough to receive a decent pass.
The closest we came to going back in front was when Russ Penn sent in a shot from the edge of the area, after side stepping a defender, but his shot narrowly went the wrong side of the post and into the side netting.
With us going nowhere Mark Yates made the first change of the game by taking off MBH and bringing on Darryl Knights.
Russell sent a curling shot wide and then we had a free kick on the edge of the area when Christie was hacked down by Adrian Cambridge. The free kick taken by Russ Penn crashes into the Histon wall and is cleared away upfield.
Seven minutes from the end Amy Rayner fulfilled her ambition of denying the Harriers yet another certain penalty and at the same time booking Christie. Christie rushed into the area with the ball at his feet but Patrick Ada tried his best to stop him by flinging his arms around him and tumbling him to the floor.
At first it looked like Rayner was going to give the penalty but once she saw who it was she changed her mind and awarded Ada a free kick instead. Christie gave her a mouthful and she booked him for dissent.
A minute from the end and Rayner did it again when the Harriers broke free with Dean Bennett just having one last man to beat. He saw Christie waiting for the pass that could have finished Histon off but before he had the chance to play Christie in he was hacked down from behind by Mitchell-King.
Admittedly Dean hadn't been denied a goal scoring opportunity but a tackle from behind like that, at a crucial time in the game, deserved far more from the referee than another yellow card. Mitchell-King should have been sent for an early bath.
With less than a minute to go Brian Smikle came on for Bennett but it was never going to change the result and the final whistle went on our last Saturday home game of the season.
It wasn't a bad game. Not quite a typical end of season meaningless game but almost.