With this defeat at Braintree this evening and Torquays win at Macclesfield - both their goals from former Harrier Nathan Blissett - it's all looking bleak for the Harriers hopes of survival in the Conference National. We're ten points from safety with ten games to go but that depends on us winning the majority of our games while others down there with us lose theirs and on Saturday we are at Torquay.
There was a bit of a disappointment for the fans just minutes before the start of tonights game when it was mentioned on the official Twitter page that Harry White had returned to Barnsley and in his place Evan Garnett was starting his first game for us. You have to ask why this news was released so late when the club must have know about it before they set off for Essex. If it was to give Braintree a false sense of security then I bet they were relieved at first but then quaking in their boots at the thought of Garnett leading the Harriers line.
There were other changes to the team that lost at home to Bromley on Saturday with Omari Patrick, Tyrone Williams and James McQuilkin going to the bench while Jordan Jones, Luke Maxwell and Ben Whitfield replaced them. On to the bench came Zaine Francis-Angol after being out of favour for a few weeks.
The first half was frankly forgettable from both sides and strangely so considering we are desperate to regain our status while the hosts are bursting to get into the play off places by going into fourth place tonight. It took all of twenty five minutes before any real action was seen by either side and it came our way when Whitfield pounced on Arthur Gnahouas' cross but his shot was deflected back towards Garnett but a defender got in before he could reach it.
Minutes late the home side, spurred on by our missed chance, took the lead. They had just gone close when Simeon Akinola fired just off target but then a minute later Chez Isaac managed to get on the end of an un-cleared ball in the area and force it home. Akinola had another chance to score soon after with a shot from range that forced Dean Snedker into a snap save.