The Harriers failed to set the stadium, and their fans, alight today in the heat of Lincolns' Sincil Bank as both sides struggled to create anything worthy of the name 'football'. We improved marginally in the second half and that was probably down to the introduction of Marvin Johnson for the struggling Ahmed Obeng after the latter looked a bit overawed on the occasion of his debut for his new club.
The first half belonged to the hosts even though they must have been a huge disappointment to their expectant home fans who, in all fairness, were expecting something more positive than was being served up for them. Their shooting was wayward almost all through the game and Danny Lewis had hardly a shot to save in the first forty five minutes. Hamza Bencherif was the chief culprit when he shot straight at Lewis early doors and then he sent a header well over the bar some ten minutes later.
We were struggling to create anything at all with anything that we tried going astray or over hit. When we did manage to find a player the possession was lost due to poor ball control giving the ball straight back to a Lincoln man or going out for a throw in.
The closest we, or anyone, came to scoring in the first half was when Craig Reid got on the end of a loose ball just outside the area and lashed in a shot that the City keeper Townsend tipped around the post after it had taken a slight deflection on its way towards goal. The half petered out after that and the teams went back to their respective dressing rooms for the expected managerial forked tongue.