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Crawley Town 0 Harriers 0

Date: 28-04-07 Venue: Broadfield Stadium att: 1664 away fans: ?
Harriers end the season with another dour draw
The Harriers ended the League campaign with yet another disappointing draw against yet another struggling side.    This time Crawley should have been the victims of our possible Trophy winning form but once again we failed to muster a single shot on goal - the second game in a row.

Mark Yates elected to start the game with a smattering of fringe players with the hope of seeing them fight to gain a place in the team that travels to Wembley in two weeks time.    That never happened and Scott Eaton, given his first real chance to shine, failed and was subbed midway through the second half.

There was also a bit of a setback when Michael Blackwood, standing in at full back for the suspended Jonny Harkness, was booked after just thirty minutes and replaced by Gavin Hurren.    Mark Yates didn't want him to get another silly booking later on so to ensure that he'll be playing at Wembley he got taken off.

Also getting starts were Michael McGrath, Luke Reynolds and Gary Hay and yet again the Reynolds/Hay pairing failed to ignite any enthusiasm, both on paper and on the pitch.    Scott Bevan, Iyseden Christie and Simon Russell had to be content with sitting on the bench with James Constable given the day off.

It took the home side ten minutes to test Steve Taylor with a shot from Tony Scully that our keeper saved easily enough and then another ten minutes before their second shot on goal.    This time the shot came via the boot of Ronnie Bull and again it was picked up easily enough by Taylor.

Forty one minutes had passed before the Harriers fans got their first glimpse of excitement when Gary Hay unleashed an insipid shot that went well wide of the target.    Crawley had a couple more shots at the visitors goal and then in the dying seconds of the half Luke Reynolds sent a long range effort over the bar.
HT: 0 - 0
The second period was much like the first with the Harriers going through the motions and the home side unable to muster a really decent shot on target.    This was obviously another game that the players had no interest in and eyes were still firmly on Wembley.

This half was so bad that it took Crawley until ten minutes from the end to get another shot on goal.    This time from substitute Marcus Richardson and, as with other attempts it went well over the bar.

At least no one got sent off.

Going by this game, and our recent form, it's hard to be able to look forward confidently to May 12th.    We can only hope that in the next two weeks they can get their heads together and work out a way of getting a shot anywhere near the goal.
FT: 0 - 0

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Crawley Town  subs   cards      Harriers  subs   cards 
Hamer     S Taylor  
Judge     Sedgemore  
Woozley     Blackwood gif
Evans     McGrath  
Okuonghae     Creighton  
Bull     Whitehead  
Bulman     Brady  
Blackburn     Penn  
Blackman     Reynolds  
Benyon     Hay  
Scully     Eaton  
SUBS:       SUBS:    
Tolfrey     Bevan  
Hiley     Christie  
Richardson     Russell  
Berry     Howarth  
Rendell     Hurren  

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