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Date: 05-09-15 gif Venue: Aggborough gif att: 1670 gif away fans: 40
Another shocking result for Harriers

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The Harriers terrible season continued in vengeance today with this embarrassing home defeat to part time Braintree Town.  Add in a senseless penalty, a harsh sending off (for both sides), hardly a shot on target, poor defending and a clueless management team then you can see why the Harriers fans are calling out for change.

We all had high hopes that this first game of September, coming at the end of an August chock full of tough games against tough sides, would have seen our first win of the season against one of the lesser sides and, to be honest, Braintree are one of the lesser sides on their own performance today.  We have all been saying that a poor result today could see the end of Gary Whilds tenure as manager but we didn't expect one this poor.  This ramshackle.  This incompetent.  This boring.

Following the final fifteen minutes at Tranmere last Monday, when we came back with a flurry of goals to draw level, we all thought that with that the new found confidence in the side we would be going into todays game in the same confident mood.  Sadly that had all dissipated between the Wirrall and Worcestershire.

We had two changes to the side from Monday with Aman Verma taking over from Tahvon Campbell while Andre Wright stepped aside for Gurjit Singh with both the Albion boys going to the bench.  We were all expecting Singh to team up with Reece Styche as a dual strikeforce but this is Gary Whild we're talking about so Styche went wide and left Singh all alone.  Yes, one up at home yet again!

The game got underway and, as expected, we did sod all.  In fact neither side did sod all.  The Iron had a penalty appeal turned down when Verma challenged Sean Marks in the box with Marks going to ground although Verma got the ball cleanly.

Braintree then had a chance from the edge of the box that Alex Palmer collected easily then another from a header, also saved cleanly by the Albion youngster.  We didn't even get to see a chance on goal at all in the first period due to poor passing from the back and midfield, poor decision making by Adam Dawson when he did get the ball with the tricky winger opting to do it all by himself yet again.  The lack of team work between Styche and Singh was also a worry with the former often nearer the halfway line than the goal mouth.

The penalty came about when Lathaniel Rowe-Turner was turned by Chez Isaacs just inside the area and, instead of shepherding the player away from goal, LRT decided to push him instead.  Although it was the slightest of touches no striker is going to turn down a chance of going down for a penalty.  Kenny Davis made no mistake from the spot sending Palmer the wrong way.

A few minutes later we realised what LRT's first calling should have been.  A Shepherd.  Jared Hodgkiss passed the ball back towards Palmer but with it going out for a corner (it was that far from the keeper) LRT followed it back with a Braintree player following him and failed to deal with it correctly by playing it to Palmer or into touch.  Luckily for him the corner came to nothing.

Hopefully we would see a better second half.
  HT: 0 - 1
The second half started with a change to the line-up within the first five minutes when Gurjit Singh was withdrawn from the game to be replaced by Tahvon Campbell.  Apart from the ludicrous decision to make a change within minutes of leaving the dressing room there was also the decision to take off your leading scorer with the game in arrears and also the only one that had looked likely to score so far.  That said once Campbell came on he did put himself about a bit and looked good.

Thankfully the Iron missed a glorious chance to increase their lead just after when Dan Sparkes missed a one on one with the keeper with the ball hitting the post when he could easily have steered the ball into the net.  We responded with our only two direct strikes on goal in the whole match.

First Campbell tried a shot at the near post but the keeper was well placed to save then Styche was played in by Campbell to take the ball forward but hesitated too long and the keeper came out and smothered the ball, bringing the Harriers man down in the process but the referee waved the penalty appeal away.  A lack of confidence was on show today.

Just after Luke Maxwell had tested the keeper with a shot from distance came the games controversial moment.

Maxwell went in with Adam Woodyard for a fifty fifty ball on the halfway line.  No real danger to it but Maxwell did go in slightly hard but only enough to warrant a lecture or a yellow card.  Instead the referee immediately brandished a red card and the young Harrier walked off the pitch while Woodyard limped away to the side of the pitch.  With the game about to restart the referee called Woodyard over and brandished a red card at him too for reasons that weren't obvious to anyone else in the ground.

The game fizzled out with both sides lacking any interest in playing and the fans any interest in watching.

Some fans applauded that rubbish at the final whistle.  Some fans are deluded!
  FT: 0 - 1

 Goal for Braintree: Davis 43 (pen)

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Harriers  goals   subs   cards      Braintree Town  goals   subs   cards 
Palmer     Norris  
Hodgkiss     Clerima  
Fox gif   Habergham  
Maxwell   Isaac
Rowe-Turner     Paine  
Clarke     Phillips  
Styche     Woodyard
Verma     Davis gif  
Singh gif     Marks gif  
Tunnicliffe     Akinola gif  
Dawson     Sparkes gif  
SUBS:         SUBS:      
Snedker     Dallison-Lisbon  
Dinsley gif - 86     Brundle gif - 83  
Green     Miles gif - 89  
Wright     Chiedozie  
Campbell gif - 50     Cheek gif - 78  

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