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We must be safe from relegation now thanks to goals from Fozzie and Keates.
John Danby makes his full debut and keeps a clean sheet.
  Foster 18
  Keates 54
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Tuesday 16th March 2004 
Reds get first ever win at Scunthorpe

In an upset for the book the Harriers travelled to deepest Lincolnshire and came back from Scunthorpe with a two nil win thanks to goals from Ian Foster and Dean Keates.

It was a night of surprises all round when the teams were announced and John Danby was named as first choice keeper in place of Stuart Brock.  And, good for John, he managed to keep a clean sheet including an important save from one of his own team mates.

There was an expected return to the side for Scott Stamps after he missed the last game due to suspension and Adam Murray was demoted to the bench in favour of Sean Parrish.

Within minutes of the start Scunthorpe had an appeal for a penalty turned down after Adi Viveash appeared to bring down Utd's Steve MacLean in the penalty area but the referee waved away the appeals.  That was forgotten ten minutes later when we opened the scoring.

Evans, in the Scunthorpe goal, could only parry a strong Mark Yates shot and the ball fell to Ian Foster who then rounded Nathan Stanton to fire home for his third goal since his return to Aggborough.

With Scunthorpe lacking in ideas the Harriers continued to press them in search of a second goal.  Sean Parrish came close with a shot that went high over the bar and Dean Keates' similar effort on thirty minutes followed a similar course but this time it only just skimmed the bar.  A third chance fell for Dean Bennett but his shot following Viveash's accurate pass went well wide.

Scunthorpe had some rare chances of their own when Paul Groves managed to deflect a cross from Peter Beagrie but Danby saw it in the nick of time and saved well.  That was followed by a chance for Steve MacLean when Torpey brought down Beagrie’s cross on the far post but the chip back across goal went over his head with an open goal in front of him.

With time running out for half time Kevin Sharp struck a 25yd free kick over the crossbar.

HT. 0 - 1

Within minutes of the restart we could have been back on equal terms after Nathan Stanton’s long throw caused confusion in the Harriers defence.  In an effort to clear the ball away Wayne Hatswell’s header went, instead of out for a corner, straight towards his own goal and forced John Danby to race across the goal to keep the ball out.

He made another important save just minutes later when he stopped a shot from Torpey at point blank range.  Seconds later and the game was all over for Scunthorpe.

It was Dean Keates, atoning for his sending off against the Orient, who grabbed it.  The ball was knocked down to him by Mark Yates and, with a left footed volley, he sent the ball whistling over the keepers head for his second goal of the season and our second of the night.

United had a good chance to pull one back on sixty one minutes when Torpey chested Beagrie’s cross into the path of MacLean but his attempted chip was saved by Danby.

The game was finally up for them when they had Kevin Sharp dismissed for an off the ball challenge on Sean Parrish.  Pash saw his own name go into the book after being cautioned for part in the affair.

Ten minutes from the end and Sean should have had a goal for himself after sending the ball over the crossbar from close range.

With eight minutes remaining Scunthorpe had their last chance to regain some honour when they won a free kick on the edge of the area but Beagrie’s low shot was blocked and cleared to safety.

Jesper Christiansen, who had earlier replaced Dean Keates, almost put the game beyond doubt in the final seconds when he saw Evans off his line.  With a neat flick he sent it over the keepers head towards the open goal only to see Cliff Byrne race back to clear it off the line.

The whistle blew shortly afterwards on what was a fine win for the Harriers in a fixture that has always been a tough one for us.  We now have a home game on Saturday against a struggling Macclesfield side who, although they beat Swansea at home tonight, look to be heading back to the Conference.

A few weeks ago this would have been seen as a six pointer but with our renewed form and mid-table safety it's a game we should be expected to win.

FT. 0 - 2

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Scunthorpe  subs   cards      Harriers  subs   cards 
Evans     Danby  
Byrne     Viveash  
Sharp   Stamps  
Butler     Hatswell
Stanton     Hinton  
Holloway     Keates  
Beagrie     Bennett  
Taylor     Yates  
Torpey     J Williams  
Groves     Parrish
MacLean     Foster  
SUBS:       SUBS:    
Barwick     Brock  
Parton     Murray  
Ridley     Rickards  
Sparrow   Sall  
Hayes     Christiansen  

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