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Harriers 1 Morecambe 0

Date: 08-10-05 Venue: Aggborough att: 1461 away fans: 125
Harriers keep clean sheet for first time
The Harriers got back to winning ways at a rain soaked Aggborough with a much improved performance than in previous weeks and at last the fans got to see the passing game that we had been yearning for.    There were few signs of long ball being played by us and with a bit more pace up front and better positioning we could have ended the game with more than the single goal from Gareth Sheldon on the stroke of half time.

There were returns to the side for Martin O'Connor after his recent injury and Terry Fleming following a missed game due to a dismissal at Crawley.    Wayne Evans came back into the side in place of Steve Burton and Taiwo Atieno dropped to the bench.

With the rain just drifting down in a fine mist the game kicked off and almost immediately we should have had a penalty awarded to us when Bentley handled the ball in the area but the Devon based referee waved away all calls for a spot kick.    We were putting some nice moves together but even though we looked as if we were playing in a 4-4-2 formation Christie was isolated up front by himself on many occasions and no one seemed to be willing to help him out.

Morecambe were the first to get a shot in on goal when Bentley got above Christie, not a defender, at the far post but he could only send his header into the side netting.

Chances for both sides were now few and far between as the rain came down stronger towards the end of the half and we had to wait until forty minutes to get our first shot on goal when Gareth Sheldon sent in a dipping shot that was only just tipped over by the Shrimps keeper.

Five minutes later and it was Sheldon that got the goal for us.

The fourth official had just signalled for two minutes of extra time when Christie was fouled on the edge of the area but the ref let play carry on.    Up popped Sheldon to slip the ball past Robinson.
HT: 1 - 0
The second half started with the rain soaked kids who had been having a kickabout trooping off and the teams re-entering the arena.

We carried on where we left off in the first half with the team in Red getting the higher percentage of possession.    Iyseden Christie got the ball into the net following a Sheldon free kick but his effort was ruled out for an obvious offside as the Morecambe line exited the area en masse.

Christie spurned another chance to extend our fragile lead soon after but after doing all the hard work of rounding players and then trying to round them again he slid his shot against the foot of the post.

Morecambe were the first to make use of substitutions and started to make theirs midway through the half in an effort to get back into the game.    It didn't work and they, in fact, looked weaker for it.    Their star man Michael Twiss wasn't getting a look in and some of their players were getting a bit niggly and finding themselves have their names entered into the referees note book.

We just got on with the game and by the end, even though it was not a classic, we finished up three points better off, two places up the table, back to our preferred passing game and a clean sheet for the first time this season.

Next Saturday it's the pre season favourites, Aldershot, down in Hampshire.    Being pre-season certain bets means nothing; they're second from bottom, playing badly and can't win for love or money.

Three points please.
FT: 1 - 0

 Goal for Harriers: Sheldon 45

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Harriers  subs   cards      Morecambe  subs   cards 
Danby     Robinson  
Evans     Walmsley gif
Hatswell     Kempson gif
M O'Connor     Bentley  
Jackson gif   Perkins  
Burgess     G Thompson  
Russell     Kelly  
Sheldon     Hunter  
Christie     Curtis gif
Fleming     Twiss  
Blackwood     Carlton gif
SUBS:       SUBS:    
Burton     Howard  
Wilson     Stringfellow  
Heslop     S O'Connor  
L Thompson     Blackburn  
Atieno     Davies  

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