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Vs leyton orient 
More Christmas cheer for Harriers

Bo Henriksen The Harriers continued their good Christmas form at Aggborough today with a win over Leyton Orient that at one time they looked in danger of losing.

With the Orient down to ten men and in the lead twice it took an extra special goal from Bo Henriksen to guarantee all three points for us.

We had our first shock early on in the game when 'JJ' Melligan was visibly injured in a harmless looking clash and had to leave the field for a while for treatment.  After hobbling around for what seemed an age he eventually returned to the field of play to grateful applause.

During the time he had been missing the Harriers had survived a couple of early scares before Sam Shilton came close with our first real effort on goal.  Sean Flynn supplied Shilton with the ball on the left and Shilts responded by curling a shot just wide of Scott Barrett's left hand post.

Apart from that the play from both sides was very scrappy and also worrying for us on seeing Lee Ayres being taken apart by Jabo Ibehre every time he got the ball.

It was his slack defending that saw Ibehre receive the ball from a throw-in in the penalty area with his back to goal and then allowed to turn and fire a shot between Coleman and Brock from 10yds out.

A further blow for us came with Sean Parrish limping off after 25 minutes with a hamstring strain.  Danny Williams came on in place of him as a straight swap.

With the Harriers still struggling to get a grip on the game a goal suddenly appeared out of the blue.  A long clearance from Stuart Brock bounced past a wrong footed Orient defender who allowed the ball to fall kindly for Dean Bennett to head past the advancing Barrett.

A minute before half time the Orient striker, Chris Tate, almost took Dean out of the game and out of the stadium with a terrible two footed tackle that instantly had the Harriers bench to their feet in shock.  Strangely, the ref took out a yellow card and booked him for the tackle when it was obvious to both sets of fans that it should have been a red.  As Tate walked away looking relieved the ref ran over to him and showed him a red card.

HT. 1 - 1

With Orient now down to ten men the Harriers came out for the second half with guns a blazing but it was the Orient who were to increase their lead against the run of play.

A free kick from the right was floated towards the far post where Ibehre was left unmarked.  His diving header went past Brock and he racked up his second goal of the game.

Sam Shilton The Harriers were under the cosh now as a rampant Orient looked for a third goal to make the game safe but they failed to reckon with the Harriers grit.

On 78 minutes we pulled level again with a goal from Sam Shilton.  Shilton broke into the penalty area and played the ball in for Bo Henriksen who's shot was only half stopped by the keeper and pushed back into the path of the on rushing Shilton. He made no mistake from close range.

Six minutes later and the points were ours.

A ball from Kenny Coleman was played in for Henriksen who controlled it neatly before turning his marker.  Seeing Barrett slightly off his line he chipped an inch perfect shot over his head and into the far corner of the net.

Orient answered by taking off a defender, Joseph, and bringing on Lee Thorpe, a striker.  It was too late by then because we had got the lead and we were determined not to give it away.

First Sean Flynn tested the keeper with a stunning shot from 20yds out that saw him scrambling back to just about tip it over the bar.  Then a through ball from Andy Bishop almost gave Ian Foster a goal but he could only get it into the side netting from an acute angle.

In the end we managed to continue our Christmas run but it was far from convincing against ten men.

FT. 3 - 2

The Harriers-Online
Man of the Match is : 
Sean Flynn

Kept the lads going with his prompting from the middle and could have weighed in with a goal of his own near the end.

Best for them:  Jabo Ibehre.  Pacy and strong.  Got an eye for goal.

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Harriers  subs   cards      Leyton Orient  subs   cards 
Brock     Barrett  
Coleman     Joseph  
Ayres     Lockwood  
Parrish     D.Smith  
Hinton     Harris  
Melligan     Brazier  
Bennett     Canham  
Flynn     Jones  
Bishop     Ibehre  
Henriksen     Tate
Shilton     Barnard  
SUBS:       SUBS:    
Danby     Morris  
Foster     Thorpe  
Broughton     Nugent  
Williams   Martin
Doyle     Stephens  

Mr P Walton

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