For the seventh game in a row the Harriers kept the doors firmly shut against the opposition and more or less denied York City a clear shot on goal. Sadly we also failed to score for the first time since Salisbury away a few weeks ago and so recorded only our second goalless draw of the season. There was no last minute goal from Chris McPhee to send the fans crazy at the end of this dour game.
We also started with the first change to the side in weeks when Lee Baker failed to make the starting eleven and so Craig Armstrong came back for his first appearance since the end of his suspension two weeks ago. The bench remained the same as in previous games.
In windy conditions that were something akin to the galeforce winds at Wrexham last Monday the Harriers took the game to the hosts right from the off. The pressure almost reaped it's dividends in the ninth minute of the game when Matt Barnes-Homer ran onto Darryl Knights' through ball and sent in a shot that beat the keeper but came back at him off the post and Ingham dropped on it gratefully.
MBH had another chance soon after but that went wide as the Harriers took control of the game without really making the breakthrough near goal. Darryl Knights also had a shot on goal that was well saved by the City keeper just before they finally managed their first shot on goal when Daniel McBreen's effort from 20 yards out went well wide of Adam Bartlett's goal.
Craig Armstrong gave us our first setback of the day when he was caught out for pace as Onome Sodje made his way down the touchline. Armstrong, just back from suspension, hacked him down and was lucky not to find himself red carded again with just a yellow being shown.
Russ Penn had a shot on goal that went wide of it's target just before the City striker Richard Brodie also found himself in the referees notebook after a callous challenge on Chris McPhee that should have seen a red card awarded instead.
With the end of the first half approaching the Reds continued their assault on Inghams goal when McPhee headed wide from a Darryl Knights corner. York also had a chance to go into the break in the lead but Brodie's shot was wasted and he sent it across the face of the goal instead for Mark Creighton to clear away to safety.