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  Foster 26, 69
  Langmead 90
The Harriers face their toughest opposition so far and come up trumps in a thriller.
Fozzie gets a brace and Langmead gets off the mark with a last minute goal.
  Torpey 18
  Hayes 58
  harriers-online match report
Saturday 16th October 2004 
Harriers in goal frenzy

Everything finally clicked today in this brilliantly exciting win against one of the pacesetters in the League.  We knew that Scunthorpe would be no easy push over and going by current form we should have been on the end of a good hiding.

At first it looked to be going that way when Steve Torpey easily scored their first goal through six skittles waiting to be knocked down.  The omens weren't good but slowly we got ourselves back into the game and made a fight of it.

The game started with only thirteen fit players and two crocks who were there to make the numbers up.  Both Chris McHale and Steve Burton had picked up knocks since our last game at Lincoln and two more, Ian Foster and Freddy Advice were playing even though they too were far from fit.

Scunthorpe were the first on the attack with Paul Hayes going close in the opening minutes when he saw his shot just dip over the bar.  Hayes just missed getting onto the end of a cross from Tom Brighton minutes later and it looked to the Harriers fans that we were going to be lucky to get out of this alive.

Those feelings were confirmed on eighteen minutes when Scunthorpe took the lead through Steve Torpey.  Ian Baraclough sent over a corner and with just a small gap to aim through Torpey struck a weak shot that left six Harriers defenders leaving it for each other and not one of them moving.  To say Danby wasn't pleased would be an understatement.

Hayes went close again just after when he left two defenders for dead but this time Danby safely dealt with his angled shot.

Simon Brown was the first to test Musselwhite in the Utd goal when he moved in from the right side of the penalty area but his slightly weak shot was easily saved.  Then just minutes later we pulled a goal back from nowhere.

A strong run and pass from Kelvin Langmead found Fozzie waiting in the tightest of places and as he shot the ball took a deflection off a Scunthorpe defender and swerved out of reach of the stranded keeper.

The rest of the half was played with the Harriers in charge but without being able to add to the scoreline.

HT. 1 - 1

In the second half it was Scunthorpe who had the first chance of a goal as the Harriers looked a bit jaded in the opening minutes.  A Baraclough free kick found Richard Kell free to fire in a shot that flew only inches wide of Danbys left hand post then the pink booted Cleveland Taylor saw his cross shot cut out by Danbs at the far post.

On fifty seven minutes Scunthorpe went back into the lead when the Harriers defence repeatedly failed to clear the ball away from danger until finally Kell played the ball into the path of the impressive Paul Hayes who made no mistake as he swept the ball into the corner of the net.  Danby had no chance of stopping it after being let down by the defence yet again.

Normally Harriers heads would have dropped by now but today was to be different.  We sulked for a bit but soon got back into the task of getting another goal.  That one came from the foot of the scorer of our first goal.

McMahon, who had come on for the tiring Advice minutes earlier, sent in a low cross and there was Foster at the near post to sweep the ball past Musselwhite for the second equaliser of the day.

After another substitution that saw an injured Simon Brown replaced by Simon Russell we went for goal again.  This time it was Langmead trying his luck with a header that didn't quite come off for him as Musselwhite got down low to push it around the base of the post.

Scunthorpe were not about to give up without a fight and the hard working Richard Kell again went near to scoring when he saw what looked a certain goal saved well by Danby, who tipped the pile driver over the bar.

With time running down and the game looking to end with points shared it took a moment of class to turn the game into ecstasy for the long suffering Harriers fans.

A long, hopeful pass from Shaun Cooper, playing what could be his last game for us, found Langmead.  He rounded Andy Butler with ease but was forced to take the ball away from the goal.  With the keeper thinking that the danger was over he suddenly struck an angled shot back towards goal to catch Musselwhite out of position.  The ball rolled sweetly into the net.

Aggborough erupted with a sense of relief while the Utd fans could only look on in dis-belief.  After going through that with that last minute goal from Cambridge it was only justice that the wheels of fate had turned in our favour for once.

A great ending to an almost great game.  One that we have now got to build on against a steadily declining Bristol Rovers and a steadily improving Chester City in a week and a bits time.

FT. 3 - 2

The Harriers-Online
Man of the Match is : 
Ian Foster

He had his usual quiet first half until he scored.  The second half he was everywhere.
It's unfair to single out one player though.  They all played well.
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Harriers  subs   cards      Scunthorpe  subs   cards 
Danby     Musselwhite  
Cooper     Stanton  
Jenkins     Butler  
Sall     Crosby  
Hatswell     Ridley  
Keates     Taylor  
Brown     Kell  
Advice     Baraclough  
Langmead     Torpey
Foster     Hayes  
Christiansen   Brighton  
SUBS:       SUBS:    
Lewis     Evans  
McMahon     Sparrow  
Burton     Barwick  
Russell     Rankine  
McHale     Byrne  

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