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.