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Date: 03-10-09gif Venue: Kingsmeadowgif att: 3601gif away fans: tba
Harriers go Wombling along for three points

gifReport by Philip Lench
The Harriers returned from their first ever game against AFC Wimbledon with all three points after another patient and consummate display.  A super strike from Matt Barnes-Homer two minutes into the second period was enough to win the game but it was the other eighty nine minutes that showed why we are now up to sixth place in the table.

We controlled the game from start to finish and stopped Wimbledon from playing their usually fluid, passing football.  That, along with another imperious display from the adaptable Chris McPhee in the centre of the park, is just what we are, and should, be about.  Not this meaningless hoofball that some teams churn out.

In front of a healthy crowd of over 3,600 it was the home team that made the early running without really producing anything of value.  A couple of corners were easily dealt with by Dean Coleman and then came the first real chance of the game.  MBH saw his chance from the edge of the area and sent in a shot that bought out the best of the Dons keeper, James Pullen.

Soon after the number nine turned provider and supplied midfielder John Finnigan with the ball to go on a run towards goal.  Sadly Finners could only manage to shoot straight at the keeper and the chance was gone.

It wasn't all going the Harriers way though and a shot from the Dons Chris Hussey bought out a top drawer, fingertip save from Coleman followed up soon after by a header from Sam Hatton that went just over the bar.

With halftime drawing close we had a chance from Chris McPhee that Pullen, again, did well to stop from going in.
HT: 0 - 0
Within minutes of the second half re-starting it was game over for the home side.  Matt Barnes-Homer smashed home the all important goal when Brian Smikle played him in on the edge of the area.  A quick turn saw him facing the goal and his shot travelling at speed into the back of the net.

The home side sensed that from that point on they were in danger of giving the game away and so stepped it up a gear.  Ross Montague and Lewis Taylor both went close to getting their side back into it.

It still wasn't enough though and they never looked convincing enough to score.

We had a good chance to finish the game off on a couple of occasions when first a deflection off Duane Courtney's knee almost went in and soon after a shot from Brian Smikle skimmed the bar.

Wimbledon made a load of changes in an effort to rescue the game and in response Mark Yates sent on two defenders, Liam Dolman and Gavin Caines, to shore up the under attack defence.  The four minutes of added on time didn't help matters either but we hung on in there to claim all three points.

The win puts us just one place behind next Saturdays opponents Luton Town and this win sets that particular game up very nicely thank you.
FT: 0 - 1

 Goal for Harriers: Barnes-Homer 47


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AFC Wimbledon  subs   cards      Harriers  subs   cards 
Pullen     Coleman  
Johnson     Courtney  
Hussey     Baker  
Adjei gif     Finnigan  
Inns     McPhee  
Gregory     Riley  
Hatton     Smikle  
Taylor gif     Bennett  
Kedwell     Barnes-Homer gif  
Moore     Knights gif  
Montague gif     Matthews  
SUBS:       SUBS:    
Brown     Singh  
Conroy gif     Dolman gif  
Duncan gif     Caines gif  
Main gif     Hadley  
      Farrell  

REFEREE:
Mr S Long
Suffolk





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