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The Cumbrian hoodoo continues as a spineless Harriers fail to perform.
Jan Molby brands them powderpuff and promises changes, again, for the Easter Monday game against Huddersfield.
 harriers-online match report
Saturday 10th April 2004 
Reds record in Cumbria continues

The curse of Carlisle drags on for yet another year after the Harriers travelled to their favourite away ground to come back yet again with out any points or any prestige.  The only time that we have gained anything from this fixture was last season when we recorded a 2-2 draw.

Although the Foxes have been at the foot of the table all season their current form makes one wonder why.  They now sit at fourth place in the current form table and if the season had started at Christmas they would be amongst the promotion candidates by now.

For this game there was a return, or debut, for Lee Jenkins.  If memory serves me right I think we signed him quite a while ago but he's been missing through injury for most of the time.  He had come in for the injured Dean Bennett.

The rest of the side was similar to the selection in recent weeks with Simon Brown and Leon Clarke both playing, Ian Foster on the bench and Scott Rickards back at home watching Teletext.

Right from the start of this one it never looked likely that we would repeat that scoreline as a rejuvenated Carlisle bombarded John Danby's goal in a twenty minute opening period with their player manager, Paul Simpson, leading his troops.

A Peter Duffield shot that went just wide of the far post and an Andy Preece header that missed the far post by a few inches all came in the opening minutes.  A Simpson effort was blocked on the line and Craig Farrell curled a free kick over the wall only to see it well saved by John Danby.

Then Brendan McGill, after a good run, saw his shot well saved by Danby from 20 yards out.

Although our first two attacks on the Carlisle goal saw Wayne Hatswell's header bring a good save from Matt Glennon and Mark Yates head over from a Scott Stamps corner Carlisle were still forcing the issue.  Simpson tried his luck from over 40 yards out when he saw Danby off his line but the Harriers stopper managed to claw the ball away.

On the stroke of half time Farrell wasted a great chance when Peter Duffield's pass found him unmarked, but his shot hit Danby's legs and rebounded away.

HT. 0 - 0

The Harriers came out for the second period with a bit more bite but that soon disappeared once they had their early chance thwarted.  Adam Murray took a quick free kick by the goal-line and Lee Andrews had to clear the danger after it had deluded the stranded Glennon.

After that normal service was resumed with a Simpson drive from outside the box hit the woodwork.

The game then went through a quiet period until Jesper Christiansen, who had been bought on for Leon Clarke, tried to lob the ball over Glennons head but the burly keeper managed to reach back and save at the last gasp.

Soon after the games only goal came and the Harriers had lost at Carlisle yet again.

Carlisle had made a few changes with Gray limping off to be replaced by Arnison and Andy Preece being exchanged for Kelvin Langmead.  It was Langmead who was to supply the crucial ball for Farrell to drill a low left foot shot into the bottom far corner past Danby's reach.

We still failed to respond to this and ended the game with only one shot on target throughout the game.

After the game Jan Molby branded his side as 'powderpuff' and promised changes for the visit of Huddersfield Town on Monday.

"One or two of the players may have just played themselves out of the picture.  It is our job to get them fit and organised, itís up to them to get themselves ready for a physical battle.  The players didnít do that today."

FT. 1 - 0

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Carlisle  subs   cards      Harriers  subs   cards 
Glennon     Danby  
Andrews     Gadsby  
Gray     Stamps  
Shelley     Hatswell  
Boyd     Hinton  
Murphy     Jenkins  
Simpson     Brown  
McGill     Murray  
Preece     J Williams
Duffield     Yates  
Farrell     Clarke  
SUBS:       SUBS:    
Keen     Brock  
Arnison     Burton  
Rundle     Christiansen  
Langmead     Parrish  
Foran     Foster  

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