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Influx of new faces still fails to give that vital spark.
Drab game ends goalless.
 harriers-online match report
Tuesday 10th February 2004 
Harriers fail to find the net again

With one new face in the starting line-up and one not so new one we seemed to have something to look forward to for a change.  Dean Keates was the new man and Ian Foster was returning for another bite of the cherry.

Making way for these two were Danny Williams and Rob Betts from Saturdays game against Yeovil.  Also dropping to the bench, surprisingly, was Jesper Christiansen with John Williams lining up alongside Scott Rickards.

Keates is a small lad and when compared to the days mascot it was hard to tell which was which.  He also looks a throwback to to the days when West Brom were originally called the Baggies due to the knee warmer shorts he was wearing.

The game itself was another drab affair with neither team seeming able to string a pass together.  Adam Murray, being watched by Oxfords Ian Atkins, wasn't having the best of games and this was tending to influence the rest if the side.  Matt Gadsby, trying to redeem himself after Saturdays poor display was looking more solid but still seems to want to clear the ball as far up field as he can and as soon as he can.  Tonight it was Scott Stamps turn for the bad game.

It was fifteen minutes before the Harriers fans saw the first attempt on goal when Craig Hinton narrowly headed over.  That was it then until Brockie was forced into saving low down from Paul Brayson.

We now have five out and out strikers on our books and two that can chip in with a few when called on.  They'd need to get their shooting boots on for the second half if we wanted a result from this.

HT. 0 - 0

It was a bit more positive in this half with Keates getting used to the Harriers style of play, or lack of it, but we were still finding it hard to string passes together and also find our own players.  It was the old story of the other team being more up for it than us.

They were the first to the ball, they closed us down and we were just standing back watching half the time.  Biggest culprit here was John Williams who seemed to spend more time out wide or walking away from the edge of the area when a cross was being put in.  John, get in front of the goal because thats where you can cause some damage.

Jesper came on late on for the tiring Fozzie and got stuck in but again seemed a bit immobile.  It may be worth continuing with the Willo, Rickards, Jesper partnership upfront for the Southend game but only if the big guys start to move a bit faster.

About the only shot on target throughout came just before the end when Willo sent a screamer just over but by then it was going to be a draw anyway.

It was nice to see Richard Forsyth again although he didn't come down our end to say hello but Adie Smith did.  At half time Smudger came out and gave us a wave and that was the high point of the entire evening.

FT. 0 - 0

The Harriers-Online
Man of the Match is : 
Wayne Hatswell

A bit dodgy in the opening period but improved with the rest of the game.

Best for them:  Karl Henry.  Started promisingly but faded in the second half along with the rest of his team mates.

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Harriers  subs   cards      Cheltenham  subs   cards 
Brock     Higgs  
Gadsby     Victory  
Stamps   Griffin  
Keates   M Duff  
Hinton   Brough  
Hatswell     Finnigan  
Bennett     Henry  
Murray     Odejayi  
J Williams     Brayson  
Rickards     Griffin  
Foster     Devaney  
SUBS:       SUBS:    
Danby     Book  
Parrish     Forsyth  
D Williams     Bird  
Ward     Cleverley  
Christiansen     Hynes  

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