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.