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Harriers 0 Cambridge Utd 0

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Date: 26-11-11gif Venue: Aggboroughgif att: 1899gif away fans: 298
Harriers and Cambridge share the points

gif Report by Arno Bryant & Steve Williams
The Harriers were left to rue missed chances as they drew with Cambridge in a goalless thriller.  This game was a big test for the Harriers after their win last week against Hayes & Yeading calling for a similar result against an impressive Cambridge team, and it was a game which saw the debut of new signing Lee Hendrie, although he was forced to spend the start of the game watching from the bench.

After a few early exchange of chances the first real pressure came for the Harriers after an accidental hand-ball from Tony Breeden.  A hesitant shepherding back of the ball by Michael Briscoe with Peter Winn coming in fast saw the ball fly up off Breedens leg and hit his hand but the red card fears were only minor as he was sensibly just booked.  The long waited for Cambridge free kick was hit poorly into the wall.

Ten minutes later there was another hand-ball, as judged by referee Jeremy Simpson, when a Cambridge cross fell against Lee Vaughans arm and, despite various Harriers players complaints, the penalty was controversially awarded.  Justice was done when Cambridge's Ashley Carew sent a terrible penalty kick straight into Breeden's arms.

Nearing the end of the half the Harriers came to life as they had many chances to take the lead.  The first of these was through a tremendous curling Steve Guinan effort from the edge of the area, following good work from Jamille Matt, but his effort hit the bar.  As the ball fell back into play the goal was gaping for Callum Gittings, who scored two last week, but his effort was wide.

It was Gittings again with the Harriers next best chance two minutes later when a Tom Sharpe cross went to the back post to Callum but his volley went wide.

Seconds later the ball went wide and the Cambridge 'keeper Danny Naisbitt who, with no real pressure, cleared his lines but only to loanee David Bird, who passed to Matt but his effort was wide.
  HT: 0 - 0
The second half started with a good chances for both sides.  Firstly a James Vincent chance for the Harriers who weaved past two Cambridge defenders and fired wide.  Then the U's had a chance when Liam Hughes' shot was blocked and then the shot just after went horribly wide.

Jamille Matt found himself on a attacking run, which threatened, but he was brought down on the edge of the box.  Captain Michael Briscoe took the honours of the free kick but it went just over.

Then came the turn of two fresh midfielders to join the play.  Kyle Storer, returning from injury, and former Villa man Lee Hendrie, replacing Bird and Hankin.  Soon after the Harriers defence was under real trouble when firstly substitute Jordon Patrick took a shot only for it to be turned round the post by the impressive Harriers keeper Breeden.  Then a corner was headed off the line by Lee Vaughan and the ball fell to the onrushing Josh Coulson who fired over.

It was then the turn of the Lees on the right hand side.  A good bit of skill from Hendrie set Vaughan up for a cross which found Gittings who missed once more as he unluckily hit the crossbar.

As the game was nearing the end the Harriers, much like the end of the first half, found themselves with a host of chances.  Firstly a Lee Vaughan tackle fell to Lee Hendrie who, via a good run from Wright, set Matt off on a run but his deflected shot forced a good save from the Cambridge goalkeeper Naisbitt.

Lee Hendrie then had a chance to be the debutant hero after a mess in the box bobbled through to him but he hit it on the outside of his foot and it went wide.  Then in the dying embers of the match Nick Wright, on for Guinan, found himself coming in from the left wing and across the face of the goal but he just couldn't make up his mind(three times) what to do with the ball and lost it to a Cambridge defender.

Both teams will have been left scratching their heads after their missed chances but, overall, the draw was a worthy result for both sides.  Two sides that will keep their play off hopes alive.
  FT: 0 - 0

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Breeden   Naisbitt  
Vaughan     Thorpe gif  
Demetriou     Jennings  
Briscoe     Coulson  
Sharpe     Wylde  
Bird gif     Shaw  
Hankin gif     Jarvis  
Vincent     Hughes gif  
Guinan gif     Gash  
Matt     Carew  
Gittings     Winn gif  
SUBS:       SUBS:    
Hendrie gif     Marriott  
Wright gif     Murtagh gif  
Jones     Charles  
Marc Williams     McAuley gif  
Storer gif     Patrick gif  

REFEREE:
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