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Vs torquay utd 
Cowshed closes with a win

JJ Melligan came back from his outing in Scotland, with the Republic of Ireland under 21's, and promptly opened the scoring for us with a stunning goal that set us up for a well deserved victory against a poor Torquay Utd.

He started the game for us after being on the bench in recent weeks.  Also on the bench was Andy Bishop.  After being named in the starting eleven he appeared to have been subbed before the game had even started because after a centre circle meeting between the officials and the managers of both teams Drewe Broughton took his place.

The game set off at a furious pace with Torquay going on the back foot immediately.

Drewe Broughton There was nearly an embarrassing moment for the overweight Torquay keeper Dearden after 10 minutes when he misjudged a looping Danny Williams effort from a Melligan cross and the ball rebounded off the crossbar for their defence to clear to safety.

Bo Henriksen was the next to go close but instead of heading the ball goalwards he opted to head it back to Drewe Broughton but he was in the wrong place and could only direct it wide.

However ten minutes later the Harriers took the lead through JJ.  Bo Henriksen's perfect ball found Sam Shilton who in turn set up Melligan to fire a dipping shot into the top corner of the net from 25 yards out.

Torquay made a surprising early substitution minutes later when they bought on Kuffour for Bedeau in an effort to put more pace upfront.  They showed no real improvement.

The Harriers kept grafting away and JJ went close to scoring soon after when he fired a low shot which was parried away by Dearden.  Broughton was next to have a go but his looping shot was saved from under the crossbar by the Torquay keeper.

Torquay almost snatched an equaliser just before halftime when a poor clearance from Dion Scott landed nicely for David Graham but just as he set himself to shoot Scott tracked back and made a last second tackle.

HT. 1 - 0

For all the Harriers efforts in the first half they had strangely gone missing in the second.  Passes were going astray and we started to look a poor second best to a rejuvenated Torquay.

Jason Fowler went close for the visitors on 62 minutes when he sent the ball just wide of Frasers upright from the edge of the area.

Melligan went close again for Harriers when he got hold a left wing cross from Sam Shilton but Kevin Dearden managed to do enough to force him to go wide of the goal and the chance came to nothing.

Torquay were still asking the questions of the Harriers though and it looked to be only a matter of time before they got the ball in the net.  Luckily for us Bo Henriksen increased our lead on 69 minutes.

Andy Bishop He collected the ball on the edge of the penalty area from Broughton, turned, and curled an inch perfect strike into the top corner of the net.

As a contest the game was now over and for Torquay there seemed no way back.  They did have two strikes that both hit the crossbar but apart from that did very little.

Harriers made a double substitution with both Henriksen and Broughton being replaced by Andy Bishop and Ian Foster.  Foster didn't make any impression but Bish showed us what had been missing from the forward line.  Where Broughton seemed more intent on putting off defenders Bishop seemed more intent on chasing the ball in an effort to score.

We could have increased the lead late on with a 25yd effort from Danny Williams but in the end it was a fitting end to the Cowshed, which will start to be demolished this week.

FT. 2 - 0

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Danny Williams

Prompted from midfield throughout and also tried to get himself on the score sheet on a few occasions.

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Harriers  subs   cards      Torquay  subs   cards 
Digby     Dearden  
Scott     Hazell  
Smith     Amankwaah  
Williams     Canoville  
Hinton     Woozley  
Melligan     Bedeau  
Bennett     Russell  
Flynn     Fowler  
Broughton     Hill  
Henriksen     Graham  
Shilton     Gritton  
SUBS:       SUBS:    
Brock     Van Heusden  
Ayres     Kuffour  
Foster     Hockley  
Parrish     Wills  
Bishop     Benefield  

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