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Harriers 0gifLincoln City 2

Date: 19-09-15 gif Venue: Aggborough gif att: 1581 gif away fans: 217
The depression continues

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As you were lads.  Nothing has changed.

Harriers are still rock bottom of the league.  Gary Whild is still running things while Tim Flowers is taking a back seat.  The team still look disorganised with no pattern and no leader on the pitch.  Poor teams are still taking us to the cleaners and the fans are even more disenchanted.

Still, at least we're not Torquay, yet.  Not until we play Bromley on Tuesday.

It all looked so positive through our rose tinted glasses before the game with the memories of our previous record of five defeats and five draws being blown away at Cambridge.  We also had a new full back to look forward too and the better news that Lathaniel Rowe-Turner was 'ill'.  We were heading for our first win of the season and at last we could sail up the table.

Apart from the very first minute, when Lincoln could have swept home an opening goal right from the kick off, we looked comfortable on the ball with less hoofing and more of that cultured passing thingy.  Sadly we looked good but didn't really test the City keeper Paul Farman although Andre Wright fired across the face of the goal only to see it end up being deflected wide and Gurjit Singh had a chance blocked in the area.

At last the fans spirits were being raised and it looked good until a killer blow, and slack defending, allowed Lincoln to take a surprise lead.  Jack Muldoon took the ball into the area and crossed for Alan Power to slam the ball home from close range.  Six minutes later and City had doubled the lead.

The ball was sent towards the far post by Luke Waterfall only for Alex Palmer to fumble the ball into the path of Muldoon who slotted it home between a ruck of players from both sides.  The Harriers heads dropped and so did the noise from the crowd.  Here we go again we all thought.

Wright tried his best to lift us with a shot that was steered over the bar from distance but with the lack of power it probably wouldn't have troubled Farman too much anyway and the half ended with no other action.
  HT: 0 - 2
It was to be hoped that the next forty five minutes would see a superb comeback by the lads in a bit of Red but mostly White.  Gurjit Singh headed over the bar from an Aman Verma cross early on but City were coping with most of our threats and hardly raising a sweat in the process.  We were lacking the confidence to break them down so the game became cagey with very little action.

I don't know which one of our managers had the brainwave to make an early change but made it was.  Tahvon Campbell came on to replace the, again, ineffectual Calvin Dinsley and straight away he began to use the ball to run straight at the City defenders.

It was still hard going though and everything we tried ended up against a brick wall with no way through although Singh had a chance but steered it just wide of the post.  Another change came with Jamie Spencer replacing Reece Styche and some reports say that he was booed off the pitch but I can only think that the catcalls were for whoever todays manager was for making a rather pointless change to a team trying hard.

City should have increased their lead to three fifteen minutes from the end of the game when Matt Rhead was set free all alone but luckily for the Harriers he ballooned his shot way over the bar and into the back of the stand.

The closest we came in the second half fell to Kelvin Langmead.  A Campbell corner came over onto the head of the Harriers centre half but somehow it was cleared off the line.  Not as spectacularly as a similar one against Torquay in midweek but close.  One day he'll have one go home.

Campbell himself came close to a consolation goal almost at the death but Farman saved his shot well and we live to find that elusive win another day.

Will that win come at seven goal Bromley on Tuesday evening?
  FT: 0 - 2

 Goals for Lincoln: Power 22, Muldoon 27

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Harriers  goals   subs   cards      Lincoln City  goals   subs   cards 
Palmer     Farman  
Hodgkiss     Wood  
Toner     Beevers  
Tunnicliffe     Stanley  
Langmead     Waterfall  
Clarke     Bush  
Singh     Muldoon gif gif  
Verma     Power gif gif  
Styche gif     Rhead  
Dinsley gif     Hawkridge gif  
Wright gif     Sparrow  
SUBS:         SUBS:      
Snedker     Grant  
Green     Hearn gif - 76  
Spencer gif - 61     Robinson gif - 61  
Jones gif - 69     Simmons gif - 91  
Campbell gif - 54     Brown  

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