Forest Green Rovers 0 Harriers 0
Venue: The Lawn
away fans: 200+
Thompson rues penalty miss
A defensive looking Harriers side again failed to entertain the travelling Harriers fans today when they could only come away with a goal less draw against a workmanlike Forest Green. It could so easily have been a full bag of points but Lee Thompson sent a dubiously awarded penalty straight at their keeper, ex Harrier Ryan Clarke, that he easily punched away.
The remainder of the game for us was a catalogue of ignored chances and some close calls on John Danby's goal including one superb strike from a FGR player that struck the bar towards the end of the game.
As in recent games Lee Thompson and Andy White led the line up front for us but today they looked well off the pace and never really got a sniff of the goal. Simon Russell tried hard but the FGR defence, ably assisted by the legendary Abdou Sall, snuffed out any threat from that angle.
What few chances for us, playing downhill and away from the sun, were not taken as Thompson fired wide once and straight at the keeper the second time. Jonny Harkness sent one shot way over the bar and a free kick was wasted when the same player sent that over the bar too.
For Forest Green, Guy Madjo, Zema Abbey and Abdou all went close but without any positive result and the teams trooped off for half time while we got 'entertained?' by the weird tannoy blokie.
HT: 0 - 0
The second half was more of the same with Madjo heading over in the third minute of the half and Simon Russell forcing Clarke into a decent save soon after. Then came the penalty.
Andy White went up for a cross in the area and FGRs' new signing from Cheltenham, Michael Taylor, went up with him. From our end it looked like a collision for a fifty-fifty ball but the ref seemed in no doubt and pointed straight to the spot. After what seemed an eternity Lee Thompson took it but failed to hit it hard enough and also straight at Clark who had no real bother punching it away with Simon Russell just unable to angle the follow up right and it went over the bar.
A bit of niggling crept into the game after that and Russ Penn was lucky not to get penalised after a bruising challenge on one of their players but still got himself booked later on for a similar challenge. Jonny Harkness also got himself a booking after bringing down Alex Meechan on the touchline but Meechan did make a bit of a meal of it.
Penn went off injured soon after and looked to be in some pain. Wilson took his place and, to his credit, did make some nice passing moves but without looking dangerous.
Gareth Sheldon did look dangerous though, but only to the fans tempers, as he sent cross after cross either out of the park or to someone that only he could see.
Where are the goals going to come from??