harriers-online match report
Vs Torquay Utd 
Harriers run continues against the erring Gulls.

Harriers came away with all the points again in this high scoring game with the lowly Gulls.

They didn't grab as many as the KHISA team in their morning match with a group of players from the newly formed Torquay Supporters Association though. They scored five with no reply.

Still you can't complain about four goals away from home.

The only downside to the game were the injuries to Colin Larkin and Ian Clarkson, Larkin will miss the Luton game with a hamstring injury and Clarkson has a dead leg.

If Ian can't get fit in time for the Luton game on Tuesday then we at least have Lee Ayres ready to step back into his place after he came on as a second half substitute for him.

Also making a comeback of sorts was Andy Ducros who had his first start since the Gay Meadow massacre, he didn't last the full 90 minutes though.

Bo Henriksen continued his run of scoring when he grabbed his 4th goal in a row.

It was in the 7th minute when Larkin, in acres of space, crossed an inch perfect ball for the unmarked Bo to head past Dearden in the Gulls goal and into the net.

It was a shock when Torquay equalised only a few minutes later from a free kick.

The ex Northwich striker, Eifion Williams, was pulled back by Danny Williams and when Fowler took the ensuing free kick the defence and Stuart Brock stood rooted to the spot as the ball entered the net.

The Reds didn't waste time getting back into attacking mode though and Larkin will have been disappointed not to have restored the lead when his drive from six yards out was blocked by Dearden.

Dean Bennett came close to continuing his scoring run when a volley from a fine angle caught out the Torquay keeper who had to make two attempts to stop it.
Deano almost caught him out again straight away when he tried to lob him from all of 30yds but Dearden just managed to get back in time to catch it under the bar.

Andy Ducros was the next to attempt a long range shot when he latched onto a cross from Bennett 25yds out but his shot was just wide.

Late into this half Torquay started to come into the game more with efforts from Fowler and Williams but they lacked the cutting edge to deliver.

On the stroke of half time it was too late though.

Richie Appleby grabbed his first goal since he made his debut for us at the Orient when he made a fine solo run past the Torquay defenders to send a left footed shot under the advancing Dearden.

HT. 1-2

It was a quiet first 15 minutes to this half with only a missed header from the Gulls Logan, on loan from Ipswich.
Logan missed another chance just after when he picked up on a weak punch from Brockie but his shot was easily saved.

In the 66th minute Jan made wholesale changes when he made three substitutions by taking off the injured Larkin and Clarkson along with Ducros.
On came Broughton, Foster and Ayres for his first game since August.

Jan's introduction of Foster soon produced the goods when just five minutes after he increased the lead to 3-1.

He chased after a great through ball in a one on one with a defender, beat him easily and tapped the ball under the keeper for his first goal since the thrashing of York City.

Torquay bought on Brandon in a salvage exercise but it was too late although he did look a bit more effective than the other strikers.
He had two attempts on goal in an effort to reduce the deficit but Brockie saved them both well.

By the 90th minute it was too late when Ian Foster grabbed his second and the Reds 4th.

He was completely unmarked for Appleby's corner and when the ball was headed out of the area there was Fozzie waiting to send it back in with a powerful shot that sent Torquay back to the dressing rooms looking dangerously close to the Conference.

For us we look to be riding on the crest of a wave and scoring for fun.
But below the surface we are starting to pick up some injuries and the visit of Luton may be a tough test for the lads on Tuesday.

Lets hope that the ones who make it onto the field can continue this cracking run.

FT. 1-4


Brock, Clarkson, Hinton, D Williams, Stamps, Bennett, Appleby, Blake, Ducros, Henriksen, Larkin.
Subs;  Murphy, Broughton, Foster, Shilton, Ayres.

Torquay Utd.
Dearden, Hockley, Woods, Hankin, Holmes, Goodridge, Fowler, Russell, Hill, E Williams, Logan.
Subs;  Northmore, Douglin, Graham, Preece, Brandon.

Yellow. Harriers 0.
Yellow. Torquay 2. Woods, Hill.

Red. Harriers 0.
Red. Torquay 0.

Referee;C. Penton (East Sussex).

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