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Date: 26-09-09gif Venue: Bootham Crescentgif att: 2509gif away fans: 113
Caines sent off after Harriers take the lead at York

gifReport by Philip Lench
The Harriers came away from York City after going into a fantastic second minute lead from a Brian Smikle strike only to find themselves down to ten men just minutes later when Gavin Caines was adjudged to have tripped Richard Brodie.  In the end they ended up losing the game 3-2 but the ten men tried really hard to get something from what promised to be a lost cause and almost succeeded.

With Dean Bennett missing from the game, following his fifth yellow card at Forest Green the other night, Robbie Matthews came back into the side for his first start since his injury re-occurred against Eastbourne a few weeks ago  It would be interesting to see if he would be able to last the full ninety minutes.

The game kicked off and within a minute we had gone into the lead after Smikle converted a super cross from David McDermott with his head but then just six minutes later disaster struck when a long ball over the top found Brodie racing in on goal and Gavin Caines wrong footed in trying to get back.  Brodies shot hit the post at the same time as Caines caught his heels and the referee immediately drew a red card out and pointed to the spot.

This was all wrong on a number of points.  Brodie had already released a shot towards goal so it could not count as denying a goal scoring opportunity and in that case it should have been a yellow card.  Brodie is also believed by many there, including City fans, to have dived.  The referee should really have waited a few seconds before going in like a bull at a gate.  Then again the referee in our game against Altrincham recently did exactly the same thing in sending off Martin Riley without even considering the matter.

Brodie converted from the penalty spot and Gavin will now miss the Wrexham game this coming Tuesday evening.

A change around to accommodate the loss of Caines took place soon after with Darryl Knights making way for Nathan Hayward to slot into the defence.  Ironically when Nathan was taken from the field a few minutes later for treatment to a cut head Brodie pounced again and slotted home his and City's second goal of the day.

Djoumin Sangare's cross had come over towards Dean Coleman but the Harriers keeper could only parry it into the path of Brodie.  It hit the striker on the chest and went beyond Coleman into the net.

Even with us now a goal behind we didn't give up and continued to pressurise the City goal and looking for a way back.  Robbie Matthews missed out on the best chance when he headed over Michael Inghams goal.
HT: 2 - 1
The second half started quietly with neither side giving an inch in midfield and the quest for goals seemed to have gone.  That was until almost on the hour mark when Michael Gash struck to score York's third and seemingly break the Harriers hearts.  A cross from Adam Smith found Gash a few yards out from goal and his swooping header flew past Coleman.

Still our heads didn't drop and we continued to go in search of the goal that could get us back into the game.  The goal that convinced the travelling Harriers fans that there was hope came four minutes after the City goal when a McDermott pass found Matt Barnes-Homer some way out from goal with the resulting shot deceiving Ingham into letting it run beneath him.

For the remainder of the game a full onslaught on the City goal got underway and MBH sent a shot over the bar and a minute later he had a scrambled effort only just pushed away by the York keeper.  The best was to follow though when Duane Courtney unleashed an un-stoppable, curling shot that somehow Ingham managed to get to it and push it away.  Lee Baker followed it up but again Ingham was there to stop it going in.

In the final minute of the game Mark Yates sent on Aaron Farrell in place of McDermott but it seemed all a bit pointless with the game almost over.

Although we lost the game we didn't lose the fight and that fighting attitude from the Harriers should make for an excellent game on Tuesday at home to Wrexham.  It could also lead us to a long overdue win.
FT: 3 - 2

 Goals for York: Brodie 10 (pen), 32, Gash 58
 Goals for Harriers: Smikle 2, Barnes-Homer 62


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York City  subs   cards      Harriers  subs   cards 
Ingham     Coleman  
Purkiss     Courtney  
Meredith     Baker  
Barrett     Smikle  
Sangare     Caines
Parslow     Riley  
Smith     McPhee  
Ferrell gif     Matthews  
Gash     Barnes-Homer  
Brodie     Knights gif  
Mackin gif     McDermott gif  
SUBS:       SUBS:    
Mimms     Dolman  
McGurk gif     Hadley  
Pacquette     Sharpe  
Nelthorpe     Farrell gif  
Rankine gif     Hayward gif  

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