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Harriers 2 Forest Green Rovers 2

Date: 04-11-06 Venue: Aggborough att: 1661 away fans: 83
Thanks for the lift Edwards
The other Kidderminster Harriers turned up today and they weren't very good.    Following last weeks thrilling encounter against Droylsden in the FA Cup we could have been excused for hoping that we would experience another five goals today.    We hadn't taken into account that we were playing our bogey team.

After going into the break on the losing side we can only thank the Forest Green substitute, Christian Edwards, for one of the most bizarre penalty giveaways of the season.    With the Harriers pressing for a late, late injury time equaliser he suddenly picked up Iyseden Christie in a bear hug as Issey was about to collect the ball.

Thanks to that moment of madness we managed to salvage an un-deserved point from the game.

There was a return to the side for Reuben Reid, out last week by request of his club, and Paul Bignot who was back after serving the last instalment of his three game ban following his dismissal against Oxford Utd.    Andy White unluckily found himself on the bench to accommodate Reid and Brian Smikle made way for Bignot.

Following a tentative start from the Reds it was Simon Russell that stood out as he started to rip into the Rovers defence but soon faded away as the defender appointed to look after him got the upper hand.    No one else looked capable of having the same effect and the game deteriorated into something of a mid field melee.

Our defence wasn't looking too hot and so it proved on the quarter when Forest Green took the lead after a terrible example of decision football.    Mark Creighton made a rare mistake and passed the ball to a Rovers player on the edge of the area.    The ball was played back into the area and with it pinging about no one took it upon themselves to give the ball an almighty whack back up the park.    Alec Meechan was the one to say thank you after the ball fell at his feet and he duly swept it in past Scott Bevan.

We didn't learn from that mistake and were to repeat it over and over again but we did manage to draw back level ten minutes later when a Simon Russell cross eluded the keeper and found Christie at the far post to head the ball effortlessly into the net.

More lethargy followed for the remainder of the half until Rovers went back into the lead during stoppage time.    In an almost re-run of their first goal the ball was bouncing about in the area with no one taking the responsibility of getting it to safety and it was left to Simon Clist to bury the ball into the net for Rovers second goal.

Shades of last seasons result were looming before our eyes as the sides went off to round of boos from some of the home fans.
HT: 1 - 2
The second half was no better for us in terms of creativity but at least we didn't end up without a point.    Gavin Hurren was the first to smell blood when he unleashed a shot that would have been un-stoppable if it had been on target.    It only went a few inches wide though so it gets classed as a decent effort.

We had an early substitution when the, unusually, below par Nelthorpe made way for Brian Smikle and we seemed to improve with the increased threat that he bought with him.

Ten minutes later last weeks hero, Andy White, came on for Reuben Reid and we started to look a bit more mobile up front and within seconds we had gained our first corner of the game.    Simon Russell took it but it came to nothing.

Shots on goal, from either side, were still few and far between but we did see a scorcher from Michael Blackwood go just over the bar towards the end of normal time.    This was then extended by five minutes, for reasons known only to the shocking referee, but thanks to him it gave us our first real break of the game.

Forest Green had earlier bought on their final substitute, one Christian Edwards formerly of the parish of Bristol Rovers, and it was his stupidity that led to the face saving equaliser that the injured party, Christie, obligingly buried.

In a way it was a deserved reward but also un-deserved considering that we were expecting another big goal tally.

It's another break from League action next week when we travel to Morecambe for a FA Cup game.    We're going to have to do better than this if we hope to progress further.
FT: 2 - 2

 Goals for Harriers: Christie 23, 90 (pen)
 Goals for Forest Green: Meechan 15, Clist 45

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Harriers  subs   cards      Forest Green  subs   cards 
Bevan     S Williams gif
Bignot     Lawless  
Blackwood     Jones  
Hurren     Preece  
Creighton gif   Nicholson  
Whitehead     Afful  
Russell     Clist  
Penn gif   Brough  
Christie     D Williams  
Reid gif   Meechan  
Nelthorpe     Robinson  
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Kenna     Stonehouse  
Reynolds     Beesley  
White     Edwards  
Smikle     Griffin  

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