For the second game in a row the Harriers produced yet another poor performance that left their fans thinking that the play-offs are looking to be a distant dream for this season. Following the Telford game at the weekend, when we rarely managed to put a pass together, Gary Whild apologised to the fans for the inept display only for, more or less, the same group of players to produce the same inept display once again. What made this worse was that the game, against Welling Utd, was being played out in front of the BT cameras and also in front of just under two hundred fans from Hereford protesting against the way their club is being run down.
Under Whild we seem to have lost the ability to pass the ball to another red shirt and also the ability to create anything from midfield that could make us look like the force we were a few seasons ago under Steve Burr. I'd go so far as saying that this team is the worst one we have seen since we got relegated from the Football League ten years ago and judging by the poor crowd of 1560 tonight, of which just under two hundred were Hereford fans, then it looks like the Harriers supporters are already voting with their feet.
We started the game without Josh Gowling following his fifth yellow card of the campaign against Telford so Jamie Grimes stepped into his place while Craig Reid returned to the starting eleven in place of Reece Styche. He went and sat on the bench.
It was Welling that started the game the brighter with some crisp passing that we couldn't match. In fact they continued to play the rest of the game in the same style while we could only hoof the ball forwards all the time.
It was against the run of play when we opened the scoring. Jared Hodgkiss collected a cross on the right and took the ball forward before unleashing a strike that flew into the corner of the net although it did seem to take a slight deflection, or bobble, on the way in. That was Jareds first goal for the Harriers.
Welling responded to the goal positively after picking holes through our slow to react defence. Jamie Day came the closest to scoring for them when he hit the post with a shot that came from out of the blue. They also had a header go inches wide just minutes later. Our second goal came in the thirty ninth minute and was totally bizarre.
Kevin Nicholson sent a free kick goalwards only for the Welling keeper, Jon Henly, to rush out and try to punch it away but only succeeded in punching it straight at a player from where it rebounded into the net. Opinions were mixed on whether it was an own goal or that it had hit Chey Dunkley and rolled in or had hit one of his own team mates and ended up the same way. In the net.
The hapless Henly was in trouble again just a minute before the break when he rushed out of his area and collided with Craig Reid and one of his own players. After lengthy treatment to both victims of the assault the keeper was yellow carded.