At the start of the second half both sides made substitutions when we bought on Daire Doyle for Dean Bennett and City swapped Cronin for Gareth Sheldon. I'm not sure if the switch of Bennett for Doyle was a tactical one or bought about through injury.
Drewe Broughton was the first in action for us but his glaring miss bought jeers from the Harriers fan's in the home end when he volleyed the ball over the stand after a lovely cross from Adie Smith on the right.
Drewe was to make a similar miss later on and although he say's that it won't let it get him down it has to one day. For his own sake I hope he breaks his duck soon.
Bo gave us a glimpse of all 3 points when he scored his second on 53 minutes with a stunning strike from the edge of the box after running onto Drewe's pass. Bo was on fire and you could see he was enjoying himself out there today, he would only need a third to make his day complete but he was amazingly taken off just after to be replaced by Ian Foster.
In between that goal and the fourth the Harriers picked up a couple more needless bookings. First was Daire who was cautioned for dissent and then came a booking for Sean Parrish when he tackled Walker from behind. We may start to rue these in the near future. That makes 8 yellows and 1 red in just 4 games and with our small squad we might need to bring in some loan players to cover those out suspended.
We went 4-2 in front when Drewe Broughton's header from a Sean Parrish corner was blocked by keeper Miller but luckily the ball fell just right for Lee Ayres
to bang home his second goal for the club and double his own personal tally.
Exeter brought on Roscoe for Sharpe after 71 minutes and it was the sub who gave City a glimmer of hope. Poor defending again let in City when a cross from the impressive James Cottinger was only half cleared to Roscoe who made no mistake with a shot that flew past Brock.
He was to come close again just seconds after but this time Stuart managed to get an outstretched foot to the ball and clear it to safety.
Drewe's second missed sitter came on 84 minutes when, this time, he fired the ball at the corner flag after good work by the fast improving Doyle.
As the minutes ticked by and 5 minutes was added on for extra time the ref, Mr Stretton, thought he would give City a helping hand to grab an equaliser. Ian Foster was bundled off the ball on the edge of the area and the ref waved play on and told the keeper to hurry up and kick the ball back upfield only for Sall to be penalised with a free kick on the edge of their area.
The free kick was totally un warranted because Sall didn't seem to tackle the player rather than fall into him. The free kick was cleared to safety and after what seemed an eternity the ref finally blew the whistle on the end of the game.
With our first 3 points of the season in the bag it's off to London Town on Monday to see what we can get off the Orient. We shall need to get this defence sorted soon though.