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Date:30-08-10gif Venue: Aggboroughgif att: 1271gif away fans: 172
Mark Albrighton sent off

gif Report by Philip Lench
Mark Albrighton found himself the victim of a con trick conjured up between the referee and Tamworths Kyle Perry when the former was sent off for a second yellow card.  The first one came when Perry, renowned for similar tactics with Mansfield, dropped to the ground in an off the ball incident that saw no contact from the Harriers defender but the referee Dean Mohareb, after consulting his badly placed assistant, gave Mark a yellow card.

Later on in the half it was Albrightons turn to go crashing to the ground in our area when Perry pushed him over.  You guessed it! the incident was totally ignored.  Come the second half and you just knew that as soon as the chance would come that our man would be taking an early bath.

It would have been acceptable if Albrighton had scythed through Perry and sent him flying up into the air but when both players are tugging each others shirts and Perry goes down like a sack of Jersey Royals then there will be only one outcome.  At least Mark will only miss the Altrincham game but that's no consolation when he sees himself sent off because of blatant cheating and that same player scoring twice into the bargain.

We started the game with some surprising changes to the side that saw Michael Briscoe and Dave Hankin dropping to the bench with Chris McPhee and Lee Morris starting.  Jack Byrne came into the side for the injured Tom Sharpe.

Tamworth had arrived at Aggborough on the back of some decent form and a very good win against Luton Town last Saturday.  They started the game the strongest with some rather nifty, precise passing.  We, on the other hand, stuck with the partial hoof ball that we seem to be employing in recent weeks.

A couple of attempts on goal came from both sides through Alex Rodman for the visitors and Nick Wright against his former club but there was very little goalmouth action at all for most of the half with the game being played mainly in midfield.  The game finally burst to life with the first of many refereeing faux pas' when Ross Atkins handled outside his area and got away with it.

Soon after that incident we opened the scoring.  Marc Williams managed to force a Tamworth defender into a mistake and the ball ran free for Keith Briggs to send a left footed strike into the net just beyond Atkins fingertips.  The only fly in the ointment was that within seconds Tamworth had drawn level.

This was partly down to poor refereeing again and was the result of the second Albrighton/Perry altercations.  Perry pushed him over and as the ball was crossed over Perry ran on to send it into the back of the net with his head.
  HT: 1 - 1
The second half seemed to be a repeat of the first twenty five minutes of the game with neither side seemingly able to get out of the middle of the park.  In fact it took almost halfway in for us to get our first corner of the game but that came to nothing.

We were now starting to see more of the ball and slowly getting on top.  Lee Vaughan sent one narrowly over the bar and Nick Wright should have scored but allowed Atkins to smother the ball at his feet.

Then came the sending off and that changed the game back in favour of the visitors once more.  Steve Burr had already taken off Marc Williams and bought on Matt Blair but once Albrighton had gone he took off Nick Wright and Lee Morris and replaced them with Michael Briscoe and Dave Hankin.  Without all three of our recognised strikers we seemed to be content with keeping the game down to a single point each but Perry had other ideas.

Jake Sheridan, on earlier for Danny Thomas, sent over a bit of a misplaced pass that fell just right for Perry to send beyond the grasp of Danny Lewis.  It looked all over for us and the Tamworth fans had started celebrating but that was until another example of poor refereeing that turned out to be quite fortuitous in the end.

Tom Marshall both handled the ball well inside the area and had his boot too high but the referee waved away all calls for a penalty and amazingly pointed to a spot a couple of feet outside the area and awarded us a free kick.  Whoopie doo ref, that's very generous of you.

Tom Shaw took the kick and it went over to Mike Williams who then played it back to the far post where Jack Byrne was waiting to nod it home and send Aggborough into a frenzy.

The five minutes of extra time seemed to have been forgotten by the ref and he blew the whistle almost immediately after the goal.  Thankfully really.  Perry would only have gone up and score if another four minutes had been played.

This result means we now drop to our lowest ever position (23rd) and next weeks game at Altrincham, who lost 4-0 at home to Cambridge today, becomes a very early unwanted six pointer.
  FT: 2 - 2

 Goals for Harriers: Briggs 43, Byrne 90
 Goals for Tamworth: Perry 45, 79


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Harriers  subs   cards      Tamworth  subs   cards 
Lewis     Atkins  
Vaughan     Tait gif  
Mike Williams     Marshall  
McPhee     Bradley gif  
Shaw     Wylde  
Albrighton   Barrow  
Wright gif     Smith  
Briggs     Wilkinson  
Morris gif     Perry
Marc Williams gif     Rodman  
Byrne     Thomas gif  
SUBS:       SUBS:    
Stevens     Mitchell  
Briscoe gif     Lyttle gif  
Hankin gif     Mackenzie gif  
Blair gif     Lake-Gaskin  
Verma     Sheridan gif  

REFEREE:
Mr D Mohareb
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