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Date: 27-10-09gif Venue: Highbury Stadiumgif att: 1698gif away fans: 75
Embarrassing Harriers go crashing out

gifReport by Philip Lench
The Harriers exited this seasons FA Cup in embarrassing fashion tonight with yet another player sent off and three goals put past us.

Lee Baker was the one to get his marching orders this time after a 50/50 tackle on Sean Beeley near the touchline had shades of last Saturdays Chris McPhee sending off about it.

The first Fleetwood goal wasn't long in coming and when it did it went to Gareth Seddon, a former target of Mark Yates.  He added a further goal during the second half sandwiched around a goal from Nathan Pond.  We did get a consolation goal through Gavin Caines minutes from the end but it was too late by then and Fleetwood were on their way to Northampton.

We started the game with two changes to the side that drew a few days ago.  Aaron Farrell replaced the hapless McPhee and Dean Bennett returned from injury to replace John Finnigan.  Fleetwood utilised the same eleven but added Nick Rogan to the bench.

The outcome of the game could have been so different if Matt Barnes-Homer had managed to score in the opening minute of the game but Sean Beeley was handily placed to block it from going in.  And that was more or less it from an attacking angle for us because we never really got a look in again.

The hosts took control of the game following the Baker dismissal soon after and Seddon missed an early chance to open the scoring for his side when he shot wide after the initial shot from Tom Cahill was saved by Dean Coleman.  Cahill came close again just after but Caines managed to get to him and rob him of the ball as he was about to shoot.

By the twenty fifth minute it was finally game over for the Harriers as Seddon rose high to get his header in.  Coleman managed to block it with his feet but Seddon had no problem in popping the rebound past him for their first goal.

Seddon could have scored again soon after to put the tie beyond doubt but his shot flashed across the face of goal and almost hit the corner flag.  Pond could have added a couple of goals too but both his headers went over the bar.

HT: 2 - 0
The second half was just six minutes in when Fleetwood scored their second goal of the night and the one that truly proved that there was no way back for us.  Nathan Pond was the scorer this time and he made no mistake with his firm, downward header that left Coleman with no chance of stopping.

Yates quickly started to make some changes to the side by moving Gavin Caines into the attack alongside Smikle and MBH.  Liam Dolman came onto the pitch in place of Aaron Farrell and took up the space vacated by Caines.  Soon after came another change and this time it was a double one with Kyle Hadley and Nathan Hayward coming on in place of Darryl Knights and David McDermott.

Again the last throw of the dice didn't work because Seddon grabbed his second goal of the evening and we went three goals down.  A cross came over from Jamie Mullan (on earlier for McGuire) and it was headed on by Sean Clancy towards Seddon who stooped low to, in turn, head it past Coleman.

With the minutes ticking down and the Harriers well and truly out of it we managed to grab a consolation goal when Caines again scored from a deflection to save a slight bit of face just as he did against Crawley two weeks ago.  That's the second time now that a striker, Farrell, has been sacrificed to allow a defender to take his place.  Doesn't that tell you something?

Anyway, good luck to Fleetwood.  Over the two games they have easily been better than us by showing passion and commitment towards winning.

That's something we could learn from before we exchange places at the end of the season.
FT: 3 - 1

 Goals for Fleetwood: Seddon 25, 77, Pond 51
 Goal for Harriers: Caines 88

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Fleetwood Town  subs   cards      Harriers  subs   cards 
Hurst     Coleman  
Beeley     Courtney  
Wright     Baker
Taylor     Bennett  
McNulty     Caines  
Pond gif     Riley  
Clancy     Smikle  
Milligan     Farrell gif  
Cahill     Barnes-Homer  
Seddon   Knights gif  
McGuire gif     McDermott gif  
SUBS:       SUBS:    
Grundy     Singh  
Mullan gif     Finnigan  
Hills     Costello  
Dodgson     Hadley gif  
Wilde     Hayward gif  
Rogan     Sharpe  
Connors gif     Dolman gif  

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