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Harriers 1 Torquay Utd 0

Date: 04-09-08 Venue: Aggborough att: 1345 away fans: 120+
Harriers win for the cameras
The Harriers refused to be bogged down in the swampy conditions at Aggborough tonight when they beat Torquay Utd 1-0 in front of the Setanta cameras with the goal coming from Matt Barnes-Homer.  The first half we seemed to be slightly wary of the conditions but once we scored towards the end we re-emerged for the second period looking a different side.

Torquay, who haven't had the best start to the season, seemed to settle better than us and along with their more precise passing should have punished us.

Justin Richards was the first to have a pop at goal but his so called 'shot' was so far away from the goal it went out for a throw in.  Torquay replied with a shot that sailed wide from Wayne Carlisle.

Utd threatened again with the dangerous, but in-effective, Roscoe Dsane trying and failing to beat the offside trap.  He did on one occasion but slipped as he tried to collect the ball.

Slipping over was a common sight in this game and the odd mishap was to be expected but the referee didn't see it that way and punished almost every challenge from a Harriers player yet ignoring similar tackles from Torquay.  After twenty minutes the conditions became worse and the game was in danger of being called off as the heavens opened and dropped Trimpley Reservoir onto the players.

With the rain easing off the Harriers came close to opening the scoring when Justin Richards got onto the end of a typical Martin Brittain cross whipped in from the right.  Justin's header was equally well saved by the Utd keeper, Michael Poke.

Four minutes from time in the first half Barnes-Homer gave warning of the impending goal when Brian Smikle passed the ball to him on the edge of the area but his weak shot didn't really trouble Poke.  A few minutes later and he was beaten.

Brittain collected the ball near the halfway line and broke for goal.  Lee Mansell tried to stop him with a sliding tackle but missed him completely leaving Brittain to skip past more challenges until he found the moment to whip in an unstoppable cross.  MBH got in between Steve Woods and Chris Robertson and slid the ball home.
HT: 1 - 0
After a halftime break that saw the former Harriers legend Paul Davies embarrass himself by only getting one out of twenty balls into a Blue Square box the Reds re-appeared.

Again we had a slightly cautious first few minutes but then they seemed to find a belief in themselves and started to pass the ball around more.  Torquay had their best chance of the game when Lee Hodges found Dsane by himself in the area but his weak header from Hodges cross was never going to trouble Adam Bartlett.

Mid way through the half Torquay started to ring some changes and sent on the former Oxford loanee Matt Green in place of Dsane.  It didn't really change anything and they made another change later when Lee Hodges left to be replaced by Mustapha Carayol.

We had an enforced change of our own a minute later when a clash of heads saw Andy Ferrell replaced by Dean Bennett as Fez went off to have the gash in his head seen to.  If it wasn't for that we needn't have made a substitution because by then we were well on top.

Utd had gone to pieces and were now struggling to create anything at all whereas we were ripping through their wilting defence with ease.  Martin Brittain was the main instigator and the amount of space he was being given was criminal.  Cross after cross came in and we came so close to adding to the scoreline.

It wasn't until the last ten minutes of the game that Torquay seemed to realise that they were losing and then they went in search of the goal that could give them a barely earned point.  Luckily for the Harriers our defenders stood strong and equally strong goal keeping from Barts kept them out.  They never really had a clear shot on goal though and most of their chances were half chances.

It's a rare Saturday off for both sides this weekend but we'll be at Grays on Sunday looking for another three points to take us up further up the table.
FT: 1 - 0

 Goal for Harriers: Barnes-Homer 44

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Harriers  subs   cards      Torquay Utd  subs   cards 
Bartlett     Poke  
Lowe     Ellis  
Baker     Nicholson  
Ferrell     Woods  
Creighton     Robertson  
Jones     Hargreaves  
Brittain     Mansell  
Smikle     Sills  
Barnes-Homer     Dsane  
Penn     Hodges  
Richards     Carlisle  
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Coleman     Benyon  
Bennett     Wroe  
McDermott     Green  
Knights     Carayol  
McGrath     Stevens  

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