att:  3830  away fans:  1330
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The first of the local derbies and it went the Shrews way.
A better showing from us but we still need a cutting edge.
  Lowe 82
  harriers-online match report
Saturday 30th October 2004 
Harriers fail in derby

After all the problems of the preceding week it was good to get back to what we're all here for.  To follow our team and cheer them on.

The biggest crowd seen at Aggborough so far this season were hopeful of a good result in a game between the two sides propping up the rest of the Football League.  Over 3800 came to see the game, sadly a third of that was all at the far end of the ground where the South Bank was a sea of Blue & Amber.

That's also where most of the noise came from too.  Our fans, for all their asked for backing of Shaun Cunnington, were quieter than church mice tip-toeing in their slippers.

With a depleted side the teams took to the pitch.  Ben Foster was a new face for us, coming in on loan from Stoke City for the injured John Danby.  The second string keeper, Danny Lewis, was sat on the bench but unable to play due to his broken fingers.  He was joined by just three others due to our horrendous injury situation.

Thankfully Shrewsbury were without Lukey Boy so we thought we might be in with a chance of the points.

Didn't work out that way.

Within a few minutes of the start Ryan Lowe had got the ball into the net but thankfully it was ruled after Duane Darby had been spotted pushing.  A vein he continued with for the rest of the game.

Shrewsbury continued to press the Reds defence with Jamie Tolley testing the new boy soon after with a free kick that Ben had to scramble towards to make sure it stayed the wrong side of the post.

After that nervous start we slowly started to settle down and James Keene could only watch as his header went over the bar after good work from Langmead found him unmarked.  He had another chance soon after but Darren Tinson stuck his foot out just before he had a chance to shoot.

Shrewsbury had been doing their homework and decided that Keene was our danger man.  Trevor Challis was the man out to get him and he wasted no time in bringing him down from behind on the edge of the area.  The free kick was wasted though after Dean Keates, captain for the day due to Hatswells red card absence, took it too quickly.

Ben Foster was soon back in action when he saved well low down from Tolley.  Back up to the other end and it was another header from Keene that forced the opposing keeper into an equally good save.

The game then started to turn in the Shrews favour with wave after wave of attack going in on the Harriers goal but for all their hard work they never really tested our keeper.

Simon Russell, having his best game so far for us, was fouled by Aiston but the referee Mark Warren waved play on as Russell went forward to test Howie with a shot to Howie's left but the Town keeper went down well to collect it.

With half time coming up we were into our best spell yet.  Kelvin Langmead had probably the best chance with a shot across the goal that struck the foot of the far post to leave the Shrews fans at that end of the ground with their hands to their faces.

Just after Lee Jenkins saw his speculative shot go over the bar.

Just before the first half whistle blew Shrewsbury had three corners in quick succession but all three were cleared, eventually.

HT. 0 - 0

The half started with what was thought to be a tactical substitution, could've been through injury though.  Jesper Christiansen came on for Ian Foster and Foster went and sat on the bench.  Fozzie hadn't had the best of games but it was still surprising that the change was made so early.

The change took some time to work because it was Shrewsbury that applied all the early pressure on the Harriers goal.  Aiston saw his pin point cross put out for a corner and from that a low drive from Ryan Lowe saw another good save from Ben Foster.

For us a cross from Langmead only just failed to find Simon Russell inside the penalty area and then soon after Langmead saw his header from a Dean Keates' corner saved at the foot of the post.

Jesper was coming into the game now and I have to say that I'm really impressed with him now.  His awareness of those around him and his little flicks are sheer class.  Once the rest of the side get onto his wavelength we'll start to reap the benefit.

The problem we have now is still the lack of an urge to shoot on sight.  Even Keene was becoming guilty of that at times and was opting to make one pass too many.

On 62 minutes Shrewsbury bought on Sedgemoor for the injured Martin O'Connor and just after we bought on Youssou Diop for the tiring James Keene.

Straight away we could have scored when Steve Burton put in a cross for Diop but it was struck so hard it almost took his head off and finally crashed into the John Smiths stand knocking three Harriers fans through the back wall.

The game looked to be heading for a draw.  That would have made it a fair result but Ryan Lowe had other ideas.

With eight minutes to go the Harriers fans were stunned by a suddenness of the winning goal.  The Shrews fans weren't so stunned, more like ecstatic.

From a throw-in Kevin Street threw the ball into Moss, he sent the ball into the box for Lowe who then looked up and fired in a superb shot into the top of the net from an acute angle that gave Foster no chance.

That goal was a sickener for us but we again had only ourselves to blame.  Unless we are prepared to shoot on sight like that we'll never score.  It did spur us into action and we saw the lads try to get the goal back but it was too late and we lacked the firepower needed.

After what seemed like an eternity the ref finally blew his whistle and we trooped out silently with the singing of the Shrews fans ringing in our ears.

FT. 0 - 1

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Lee Jenkins

Solid throughout and seemed to find more space than usual to produce some constructive work.
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Harriers  subs   cards      Shrewsbury  subs   cards 
Ben Foster     Howie  
Cooper   Moss  
Burton     Challis  
McHale     O'Connor  
Sall     Tinson  
Jenkins     Whitehead
Russell     Street  
Keene     Lowe  
Langmead     Darby  
Keates     Tolley  
Ian Foster     Aiston  
SUBS:       SUBS:    
Lewis     Ridler  
Diop     Sedgemore  
Advice     Grant  
Christiansen     Fox  

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