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Bath City 2 Harriers 0

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Date: 28-09-10gif Venue: Twerton Parkgif att: 742gif away fans: 109
Harriers come back to earth

gif Report by Morgan Nock
An overcast evening in Somerset saw Bath City overcome Kidderminster Harriers 2-0 in a quiet game at Twerton Park.

Following a series of strong performances which had resulted in a six game unbeaten run the Kidderminster manager Steve Burr named an unchanged side.  Bath handed a debut to the former Harriers target, Alex Russell.

Harriers were undoubtedly confident travelling to the relegation favourites but first half goals from a Mohamad Kaid penalty and debutant Russell ensured victory for the home side.  The Harriers had a hatful of chances which were all squandered, with Dave Hankin and Keith Briggs both hitting the bar.

The game started as it meant to go on once City had had a first minute goal struck off when Russell couldn't wait for the referee's whistle and put the ball past Danny Lewis in the Harriers goal.  It went very slowly!

A solid first fifteen minutes were thrown away by Harriers when Jack Byrne needlessly brought Mohamad Kaid on the edge of the area.  Kaid stepped up and was fortunate to see his 16th minute spot-kick fly just inches over Danny Lewis' out-stretched arm.

The Harriers were suddenly on the back foot but tried to catch Bath on the break.  Callum Gittings worked wonders on the wing and put the ball across for Lee Morris, who saw his shot cleared off the line.

With 35 minutes on the clock we had another golden opportunity - Gittings again was the provider but Chris McPhee's header was blocked.  It fell at the feet of Dave Hankin who blasted the ball goalwards only to be foiled by the under-side of the crossbar.

Moments before half time it was 2-0.  Bath won a corner but the poor cross fell neatly for Ollie Thorne to hoof clear.  Unfortunately Jack Byrne was stood in the path of the ball and it bounced back off the youngster to tee up perfectly for Alex Russell to power past Lewis.
  HT: 2 - 0
With neither team playing any really good football you'd have expected Kidderminster to come straight out of the blocks in search of an early second half goal.  Those expectations were wrong as the Harriers gave the ball away straight from the kick off!

The game slowly petered out but both sides managed some half chances.  Callum Gittings made a good run on the break before squaring to Jack Byrne who elected to shoot rather than pass to any of the three players screaming for the ball.  His shot was hit straight at the City goalkeeper who was glad of some attention.

For the Harriers, Gittings and Hankin were replaced by Nick Wright and Marc Williams and for Bath, Marley Watkins and Lee Phillips were replaced by Sekani Simpson and Darren Edwards.  With no rewards from our previous changes Tom Shaw came on for Harriers in place of Lee Morris, who had just escaped with a yellow card for a late challenge on Joe Edwards.

After 86 minutes the Harriers were chasing a lost cause but Keith Briggs didn't give up and hit the bar from a free kick.  In the fourth of the allocated five minutes of additional time City should have made it 3-0.  Mohamad Kaid ran onto a ball over the top and with no Harriers defender within 40 yards he headed for goal.  Fortunately for the away side his shocking effort dribbled wide of the post.
  FT: 2 - 0

 Goals for Bath City: Mohamed 16 (pen), Russell 45,


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Bath City  subs   cards      Harriers  subs   cards 
Robinson     Lewis  
Webb     Vaughan  
Rollo     Mike Williams  
Jombarti     Briscoe
J Edwards     Thorne  
Canham     Byrne  
Watkins gif     Hankin gif  
Connolly     Briggs  
Russell gif     Morris gif
Phillips gif     McPhee  
Mohamed     Gittings gif  
SUBS:       SUBS:    
Simpson gif     Stevens  
D Edwards gif     Albrighton  
Hart     Wright gif  
Harris gif     Shaw gif  
Mackie     Marc Williams gif  

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