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Date: 15-10-11gif Venue: Northern Echo Arenagif att: 1763gif away fans: 76
Harriers fall to late goal at Darlington

gif Report by Philip Lench
The Harriers went down to a late goal at Darlington after failing to record a single shot on goal in the first half and only one in the second period.  That came from Callum Gittings when he hit the bar.  The remainder of the game saw the Harriers a clear second best to one of the worst sides in the Conference for scoring goals and, in fact, that showed too as the home team could hardly muster a shot worthy of the name either.

There were three changes to the Harriers eleven with Tom Sharpe being moved to right back in place of the suspended Lee Vaughan while Tom Marshall was re-called to the side to fill in for Sharpe at centre half.  Up front Steve Guinan came in for Marc Williams and he dropped to the bench.  For Darlington one time interest for the Harriers, Exodus Geohaghon, made his home debut.

The Harriers kicked off using the 4-4-2 formation for the first time this season after many calls from fans to drop the rigid 4-3-3 system.  It obviously didn't work judging from the lack of mobility and shots on goal.

Darlo had the first attempt on goal ten minutes in when Liam Hatch tried his luck from distance.  That was it for another fifteen minutes when it was our turn to try the distance shooting with Guinans' twenty yard chip towards the keeper but it didn't trouble him because it went way off target.

Still Darlington were persisting with the distance shots and this time Adam Rundle went for the long option with a better outcome this time by actually getting it on target.  Luckily for us Dean Lyness easily got a hand to it and push it away.

With four minutes of time to go until the break we had our first real move on goal when Jamille Matt got forward and passed to Guinan who then fed in James Vincent to shoot just wide of the post.  The hosts replied with another chance that Lyness dealt with easily when he tipped Geohaghons' cross come shot over the bar .

  HT: 0 - 0
If anything the second half was worse than the first with the goal the only thing of note although we did almost score in the first minute.  Nick Wright did well to get down the right wing and send in a cross from the byeline for Callum Gittings to head against the bar.

Kyle Storer went in the book for a challenge on Jamie Chandler and that gave him his fifth yellow of the season.  That means he'll now miss the Braintree game on Tuesday evening having only just come back from suspension following a red card.  Soon after we made our first change of the game with Guinan coming off and Robert Thompson-Brown taking over.

Still nothing much was happening from either side except for subs.  This time it was Gittings turn to leave and make way for Marc Williams while Darlington exchanged James Walshaw with Ryan Bowman.

Even though we were now playing with four up front we still failed to make any kind of impression on the Darlington goal and it was the host who were now fully in charge.  Rundle sent a shot across the face of the goal and then they scored.

A ball came in from a Geohaghon header and in the scramble to reach the ball it was the Spaniard, Jonathan Sanchez-Munoz, who got to the ball first and put the ball into the net

We responded at last and Nick Wright tried his luck but his shot hit a defender.  For our final sub Jack Cresswell came on to make his debut for us in place of Storer but minutes later the game ended with a late shot from Bowman that hit the post just as the referees whistle blew for ninety minutes.

Usually on the road the Harriers are pretty good value for money but this time the cash seemed to have run out.  We can only hope that our home form starts to pick up a bit now with the visit of surprise side of the season, Braintree Town, the visitors to Aggborough on Tuesday night.
  FT: 1 - 0

 Goal for Darlington: Sanchez-Munoz 80




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Darlington  subs   cards      Harriers  subs   cards 
Soderburg     Lyness  
G Taylor     Sharpe  
K Taylor     Demetriou  
Chandler     Briscoe  
Geohaghon     Marshall  
Sanchez-Munoz     Storer gif
Atkinson     Gittings gif  
Rundle gif     Vincent  
Walshaw gif     Guinan gif  
Hatch   Matt  
Brown     N Wright  
SUBS:       SUBS:    
Russell     Cresswell gif  
McReady gif     Medley  
Bridge-Wilkinson     Marc Williams gif  
Arnison     Thompson-Brown gif  
Bowman gif     Phelan  

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