harriers-online match report
Vs swansea 
They're singing Molby's name in the valleys tonight.

Harriers slumped into the bottom three in the table and unless something is done soon then I can't see us getting back up the league again.

Action is needed now Jan and you can start by putting out your strongest team possible every week.
And that's not what you did today, was it?

How could you start the game with the same team that did totally nothing against Oxford on Tuesday night.
I said the other day to try Larkin with Broughton, so you did.

When it was too bloody late.

And lets face it, by the the time the change was made it WAS too late.

Poor defending led to the first Swansea goal after a promising start from the Reds when Larkin went close in the fourth minute but his weak attempt was easily saved.

But then came a defensive lapse when, in a four man move, Jenkins was left in acres of space at the far post to slot the ball past Brockie.

The idea of playing Ian Joy at full back and Scott Stamps out of position in midfield is another one thats not working, it's time to rest Joy and put Stamper back into his proper place.

Dean Bennett and Larkin tried to get something going with some neat passing and it almost came off when, from a Larkin cross, Benno fired just wide.

Swanseas second goal came from the impressive John Williams whose powerful running on and off the ball should be a lesson to all our players who feel that it's a lost cause to chase after everything.

He dis-possessed Adie on the edge of the area and then went on an un-stoppable run to slot the ball past the advancing Brockie.

The Swans fans turned the blade a little bit more when they started to chant Jans name in appreciation.

After that Swansea sat back a bit but we still had no idea what to do with the space we had been given.
For all Bennett and Larkins probing we were getting nowhere, a target man was all we needed.

HT. 0-2

Before the start of the second half the subs, who had been having a kick about, were called back to the dressing room early.
The reason came, when at the re-start, Jan did his usual trick of throwing all his cards on to the table.

On came Broughton and Williams for Birdie and Davies, 45 minutes late, and Shilton for Scott Stamps.

Right from the off we looked a different side. Williams was dominating midfield and Broughton was running riot up front.

I can only give nerves as the reason for him missing an absolute sitter when he side footed an easy ball over the bar with the keeper no where.

But for his next few misses he should have done better.

Dean Bennett came close again when his powerful header flew just over the bar, just like Blakes volley did a few minutes later.

Harriers were getting more of the game now but still couldn't turn their possession into goals.

When Swansea managed the odd breakaway they looked dangerous but never looked like adding to their score.

In the last few minutes all hell broke loose when the Swans substitute Tyson chased after a Clarkson back pass. Stuart Brock came out to kick the ball into touch and both players collided.

What happened then was just a blur of bodies piling in, punches being thrown, bottles going onto the pitch and the rozzers taking up position in front of the incensed Swansea fans.

It ended up with both Brocky and Tyson red carded and Benno in goal.

A terrible way to end a game, especially when the Police were next seen walking towards the players tunnel.

Lets hope this doesn't turn into a legal matter.

FT. 0-2

Harriers-Online Man of the Match is

Ian Clarkson

Apart from the back pass that led to the dismissals he hardly put a foot wrong all day.


Brock, Stamps, Smith, Clarkson, Shail, Davies, Bird, Bennett, Blake, Joy, Larkin.
Subs;  Murphy, D Williams, Shilton, Broughton, Sall.

Freestone, Jenkins, Howard, Phillips, Appleby, O'Leary, Bound, Todd, Roberts, J Williams, Cusack.
Subs;  Jones, De-Vulgt, Mumford, Tyson, Romo.

Yellow. Harriers 4. Blake, Clarkson, Joy, Shail.
Yellow. Swansea 2. Phillips, Roberts.

Red. Harriers 1. Brock.
Red. Swansea 1. Tyson.

Referee;Mr S Bennett (Kent).

The views of another supporter
name:: Lee
match details:: Swansea 29th sept home

I thought the most upsetting thing about the match was the fact that some 'supporters' shouted 'sack the board' and other stupid things.
Can't these people remember only about 4 years ago, Leroy May was our star player and we were being pasted by the likes of Forest Green.

Even to be playing against the likes of Swansea is an achievement for this club and I wish these people would just remember what has happened to Bromsgrove...

In the first half, we had barely got going and found ourselves 2-0 down, for the rest of the half we were just wasting time.
Why did they have to wait until a bollocking off Molby at half time to play well, it's happened so many times, these are professional footballers and they should be able to play like that all the time.

In the second half I thought we played very well in patches and showed signs of recreating the 2-2 draw against Hull last season.
Larkin showed signs of his pace and obvious skill, I hope we can hang on to him for another couple of months at least.

Broughton has to start, whenever he plays he always gets the crowd excited and he is our best striker by a long way.

I noticed he seemed very grateful for the good reception he received from our fans after his move to Oxford broke down, I have always liked him I just wish he could get on with the other players.

Shilton is a lazy sod who always takes on one to many players but I believe he provides much needed balance whenever he plays.

Bird has looked poor lately and Bennett played well on the right wing in the second half.

Once we get Hinton back, Stamps at left back and Broughton and Larkin playing from the start I look forward to better times.

I will be there v Macclesfield and it will be interesting to see what happens...

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