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Harriers 0 Nuneaton Town 0

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Date: 21-04-14gif Venue: Aggboroughgif att: 2022gif away fans: 144
That was supposed to be a must win game

gif Report by Philip Lench
The Harriers turned in yet another below par performance today in a game that had been touted as a 'must win' game that could see us still in contention for the play offs if Gateshead and Grimsby were to slip up today.  Instead, without even knowing what the other teams were doing, we struggled to get anything at all from a game that Nuneaton had come to spoil.  In fact our only shot on goal of note came from Jack Byrne mid way through the second half while for the remainder of the game chances in front of goal were a rare commodity today.

Again we started with the same team as in recent games and almost the same bench as at Hyde last Saturday.  Just Nick Wright coming back in for Aman Verma.  Nuneaton could only name three substitutes and one of those was a goalkeeper but he could have been useful because the one they had starting was poor.

We did almost come to opening the scoring in the very first minute when Callum Gittings shot past some static defenders to unleash a shot that went just wide.  For the first twenty minutes of the game we looked good with some nice passing and players trying to get into scoring positions but the solid Nuneaton defence had come to get a point and slowly but surely our early promise faded away to hoof and hope tactics.  In that period Chey Dunkley headed the ball wide from a corner and Josh O'Keefe hit a volley that got blocked by Delroy Gordon.

The visitors had the final chance of the half, that had petered out to nothing, when Michael Gash almost put through his own net but luckily for us, and unluckily for Nuneaton, Danny Lewis managed to get down to it and claw it away.  Gash was to play no further part in the game when he pulled up quickly on the touchline with what looked to be a hamstring injury.  Amari Morgan-Smith came on for him just before the whistle went to signal half time.
  HT: 0 - 0
With the crowd expecting our usual second half improvement the Reds kicked off towards their own fans.  Shame the improvement never came and in fact was even worse than the first forty five minutes.

We looked totally devoid of ideas with no one capable of putting a foot on the ball and playing a sweet pass to a powerhouse of a forward to take the ball on and smash it past the keeper.  You can tell how bad we were because Gary Whild didn't waste time bringing on a second sub just five minutes into the half (three minutes if you take into account the two minutes spent treating a Town injury) when Adrian Cieslewicz came on for Gittings.

Again as in recent weeks Cheesy made an instant impression and again as in recent weeks he lasted ten minutes before he faded out into the background.

Nuneaton came the closest to scoring soon after when a free kick, taken by Danny Sleath, went out of play off the upright.  Then came Jack Byrnes excellent shot on goal from outside the area that forced the keeper into a reflex save to tip the ball over the bar.

That was the excitement done with for the day.

We had a shot cleared off the line by Gareth Dean from a Mickey Demetriou shot and then much later, after we had all gone to sleep, Town could have won the game in the dying minutes when Adam Walker blazed his shot over the bar when it would have been easier to score.

So ends our season at Aggborough with just next Saturdays, now meaningless, final game at Halifax to come.  Obviously the events of January onwards ruined what was potentially meant to be a promotion season for us and the decision making of our amateurish board can be held to blame for that.  Hopefully someone with some proper business sense, and some money, can be found to take us forward next season.

Thanks must go to Gary Whild for coming back after getting treated so shoddily by the former chairman and steading a ship that was in grave danger of sinking to the bottom following that misconceived idea that Andy Thorn was the manager to lead us to certain promotion.
  FT: 0 - 0



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Harriers  goals   subs   cards      Nuneaton Town  goals   subs   cards 
Lewis     Eve  
L Vaughan     Trainer
Demetriou     Gordon  
Bell gif     Taylor gif  
Grimes     Dean
Dunkley     Walker  
Byrne   Cranston  
O'Keefe     Pearson gif  
Gash gif     Sleath  
Blissett     Brown  
Gittings gif     Streete  
SUBS:         SUBS:      
N Vaughan     Belshaw  
Storer gif - 77     Moult gif - 76  
Morgan-Smith gif - 46     York gif - 80  
Wright        
Cieslewicz gif - 54        

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