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  Hayes 78
A Harriers side hit by injuries does well to come back to draw level at Scunny but inevitably we lose out in the end.
This week all the other strugglers results go against us.
  Birch 59
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Saturday 5th February 2005 
Injury hit Harriers lose

In the week some of the side came down with mumps, leaving John Danby and Johnny Mullins extremely doubtful of making the cut.  In the end Danby made it but sadly Mullins didn't.

Neither did Simon Russell in a way because Stuart Watkiss elected to put him on the bench for this game as he went for a more defensive look to the side.  To that end Abdou Sall made his first appearance since the Boxing Day massacre against Swansea City.

Again Blair Sturrock found himself on the bench and there was a debut for new signing Bertrand Cozic in place of the suspended Tom Bennett.

The game kicked off as expected with Scunthorpe going all out to capitalise on the frailties of the weakened Harriers side and within minutes of the start we had already had two calls on our goal.  Jon Walters, on loan from Hull City, had the first early chance when he beat the Harriers offside trap but was only able to send the ball over the head of John Danby and eventually wide of the goal.

Peter Beagrie then opened up the Reds defence on seven minutes to send a cross over to the head of Steve Torpey but thankfully he also completely missed the target from just a few yards out.

The Harriers weren't getting a look in at all and finally went one down in the twentieth minute when Ian Baraclough opened the scoring for the home side.  Another Beagrie free kick came over to be headed into the area by Andy Butler from where it fell just right for Baraclough to send it past Danby.

There could have been another goal just minutes later when yet another Beagrie free kick went to Butler but his header was straight at John Danby.

We were just happy to sit back and let Scunthorpe come at us even though they were a goal to the good and come at us they did with another chance that they should have scored from.  On thirty eight minutes Kevin Sharp launched the ball into the area and Walters managed to lose his marker to send a shot crashing against the post.

The game petered out to halftime after that without either side able to make any other kind of break through.

HT. 1 - 0

The second half saw a slightly better Harriers come out of the dressing room but still not a team that could really pose any real threat to one of the promotion favourites.  Steve Torpey came close to adding to the slender Iron lead but on fifty nine minutes, against all odds, we drew level.

Gary Birch picked up the ball outside the area and took it nearer to the goal before shooting.  On the way in it took a deflection off Richard Kell but it would have gone in anyway.

The Harriers hopes were now raised and we started to have our best spell of the game.  Watkiss threw on Sturrock and Russell to capitalise on this but we just couldn't get through the stubborn Scunthorpe defence and eventually they regained the upperhand.

They had also made substitutions by bringing on Cleveland Taylor and Paul Hayes and it was the latter that got the winning goal in the seventy eighth minute.

A lobbed ball from Crosby found Hayes and he bought the ball down and shot in one move to send it scooting past Danby.

No matter how we tried we couldn't get a chance to level the scores again because Scunthorpe turned on the gas in an effort to get a third goal.  To our credit we managed to hold firm and kept out shots from Hayes and Crosby amongst others before the final whistle finally blew after six minutes of injury time.

Other results today, and last night, didn't exactly go our way.  We all know that Cambridge got a good draw at Northampton on Friday but Rushden losing at Chester was expected but not with such an emphatic scoreline that Chester produced.

It's Chester that we meet at Aggborough next and it could now be a tougher game than we wanted.

FT. 2 - 1

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Scunthorpe  subs   cards      Harriers  subs   cards 
Musselwhite     Danby  
Byrne     Jones  
Sharp     Weaver
Crosby   Sall  
Butler     Hatswell  
Kell     Cozic  
Sparrow     Beardsley
Baraclough   Keates  
Walters     Birch  
Torpey     McGrath  
Beagrie     Foster  
SUBS:       SUBS:    
Evans     Lewis  
Rankine     McHale  
Angus     Sturrock  
Taylor   Burton  
Hayes   Russell  

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