The rustiness was on show for the Harriers at home to Woking today as they made their first appearance back at Aggborough since January 17th when they lost against Macclesfield. With games called off due to the state of the pitch' and opponents in cup action, we had been without a game for some time until the midweek game at Stourbridge in the Worcester Senior Cup where Gary Whild was forced to play the full first team due to that lack of games. He opted to start with the same eleven today.
That eleven included home debuts for Dominic Knowles; recently signed on loan from Burton, Danny Wright and the legend that is Lee Hughes following his signing for us from Forest Green a few weeks ago. In the Stourbridge games both Hughes and Wright scored our two goals and the fans arriving at the ground were expecting more of the same to push us back towards the play-offs after slipping away in recent weeks.
As it was a poor game was served up and that was possibly due to the lack of games blunting the edge a little. In the first half it was Woking that were dictating the play with some good passing on the poor pitch but ironically it was the Harriers who looked the more likely to score with the chances we were being given due to the visitors urge to get forward at every opportunity. It was the spurned chances that were to be our downfall.
Woking started the game the strongest and had already had chances to score before we got a chance for ourselves. Charles Banya, on loan from Crawley, had their first attempt on goal when his shot went across the face of the goal but none of his team mates could get a touch on it. He had a second chance later on when he hit the post while in between Aaron Wildig saw his shot for the Harriers saved by Jake Cole.
Knowles missed an easy chance to open his account with the Harriers but scuffed his shot in front of an almost open goal and then Danny Wright got the ball in the net for the Harriers. It was ruled out for pushing by the finicky referee who penalised most minor fouls by a red shirted player then let go similar fouls committed by the visitors.
The Harriers finally breached the Woking defence in the thirty eight minute of the game when Hughes ran onto Dominic Knowles' pass into the area. In typical Hughes fashion the ball went arrow like into the back of the net.
We tried to build on the lead but failed to get near to the Woking goal again in this half.