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Leyton Orient
  Alexander 24
Rookie ref brandishes cards aplenty, sends two off and books eight.
Mark Yates grabs point for Harriers with late penalty.
  Yates 81 (pen)
 harriers-online match report
Saturday 13th March 2004 
Yatesey earns a draw

The Harriers continued with their recent run of good form with this bad tempered draw at Leyton Orient.  The referee, Steve Tanner from Bristol, sent off Dean Keates for us and David Hunt for the O's after a second half fracas following a challenge on the keeper from Mark Yates.  He also booked eight others and could have sent more off if he hadn't have gotten control of himself.

With Scott Stamps suspended for this game, thankfully, we saw a return to the side for Matt Gadsby, even if it was only for a few minutes.  Matt and Craig Hinton occupied the full back berths while Adrian Viveash and Wayne Hatswell patrolled the middle of the field.  Much to the Orient fans relief Bo Henriksen failed to make the cut and the frontline saw John Williams, Dean Bennett and Ian Foster continue to lead the line.

The first action came with the replacement of the injured Gadsby with Sean Parrish after just eighteen minutes when he was caught by the boot of David Hunt in a rough challenge.  He was stretchered from the field and may be out for a few more weeks again.

Orients goal came during a spell of intense pressure on the Harriers rearguard.  Gary Alexander, a former charge of Molby's when he was at Hull City, headed past a rooted Stuart Brock following an excellent cross from Donny Barnard.  Brockie can't be the only one to blame though because Barnard should never have been allowed to get the cross over in the first place.

Following the goal the wind became stronger and any good play from either side was minimal.  Mistakes were being made and both sides struggled to put two passes together.

The next best chance of the half fell to John Williams just minutes before the whistle when he found himself on the end of a headed cross from Dean Keates only to see his own header go just over the bar.

It had been a poor game by both sides but the Harriers were the bigger disappointment after looking a poor shadow of recent weeks.

HT. 1 - 0

It was a re-vigorated Harriers side that took the field for the second half and they were the first to come close to scoring.  They did score but the goal was denied after a foul on Glenn Morris.

Craig Hinton had sent in a cross but in an attempt to connect with it Mark Yates missed it completely and knocked Morris over.  Adam Murray saw the loose ball and forced it over the line but by then the referee had blown for the foul.

Immediately after all hell broke loose and a fifteen man scrimmage developed.  After consulting his assistant Mr Tanner brandished red cards at Keates and Hunt even though they were not the main offenders.  Mark Yates picked up a yellow card for his original foul on the keeper.

Fifteen minutes after the incident Orient should have increased their lead when Jabo Ibehre scored from close in but it was disallowed due to an infringement in the build up to the goal.

It was another infringement, this time from Yates, that could have seen him sent off following his earlier yellow card.  Morris came out to collect a slightly off target pass from Craig Hinton but Yatesey, seeing his chance, stormed in and caught the keeper a glancing blow.  He received a warning from the ref but was lucky not to have walked.

In an attempt to placate the now livid Orient fans Mr Tanner turned down our appeal for a penalty soon after when Sean Parrish was tumbled down by Morris in the box.  As much as I'm a great admirer of Glenn Morris he does seem to have a history of bringing opposing players down illegally.

He didn't get a second chance later on though when he again bought down a player in the penalty box.  This time it was Big John who was sent flying after he got on the end of Murrays cross and just as he was about to strike found himself floored.

With the absence of Ian Foster, who had been replaced by Jesper minutes earlier, Mark Yates took over the duty of converting the penalty.  He made no mistake and scored with a strike that gave the keeper no chance of saving.

The rest of the game was played out with a string of cards being issued by the MiB and nothing more to add other than it was never a dirty game and a draw was a fair result.  The point saw the Reds climb back up to fifteenth in the table and just two points behind Tuesday nights opponents, Scunthorpe.

A win there would see us climb even higher but we have never won there.  There's always a first time.

FT. 1 - 1

Orient  subs   cards      Harriers  subs   cards 
Morris   Brock
Joseph   Viveash  
Newey     Gadsby  
Barnard     Hatswell
Peters     Hinton  
Mackie     Keates
Hunt   Bennett  
Toner     Yates
Ibehre     J Williams  
Alexander     Murray
Purser     Foster  
SUBS:       SUBS:    
Harrison     Danby  
Heald     Sall  
Sam   Christiansen  
Tate     Parrish
Miller     Rickards  

Mr S Tanner

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