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Torquay Utd 2 Harriers 1


Date: 21-03-15gif Venue: Plainmoorgif att: 1607gif away fans: 216
The Harriers score at last

gif Report by Phil Lench
Lee Hughes scored the Harriers first goal in six games when he popped up with a sixty second minute equaliser at Torquay today in answer to the former Hereford striker Ryan Bowmans first half goal.  Sadly Bowman was gifted a second goal just minutes after our goal to give struggling Torquay the points.  Hughes was also the scorer of our previous goal at home to Woking back on Valentines Day - the Eastleigh own goal against us doesn't count.

With Jack Byrne out injured Callum Gittings came in to replace him while Hughes came in for Craig Reid.  On the bench was the Academy midfielder Luke Maxwell.

As is usual for the Harriers of late we started the game by hoofing the ball everywhere and totally forgetting that the game was called football for a reason.  Torquay passed the ball around neatly but didn't look much better than us at the end of the day.  Only two minutes of the game had gone when Josh Gowling became the first to go into the referees book for a clumsy challenge out wide.  Just a word for the Devon based referee that he was quite fair to both sides seeing as he didn't have far to come.  As some wag said, his wife must have dropped him off.

Fifteen minutes in and the Gulls were forced into a change when John Campbell went off injured to be replaced by Bowman.  You just knew what was going to happen.

The usual defensive mix up between our defenders let in Bowman to slot the ball home with ease.

Heads dropped and the hosts took control of the game for the remainder of the first half.  Luke Young went close for them with a free quick that went just the wrong side of the upright and they continued to retain possession without really achieving much.
  HT: 1 - 0
The second half was much improved for us after what must have been yet another halftime roasting.  We had realised that the ball will roll along the ground with the right pressure applied although Jamie Grimes still hadn't quite grasped that theory.

An early change saw the hapless, and barracked, Danny Wright removed from the field of play and Jamie Spencer bought on.  Later on Akwase Asante came on for a rare appearance in place of Ahmed Obeng and we changed to a 4-3-3 formation.  Within minutes Lee Hughes had scored that rare goal for us when Nicholson sent in a free kick that Grimes headed on for Hughes to bundle into the net.  A scrappy goal but who cares because the two hundred or so Harriers fans present were ecstatic.

The relief wasn't to last though because again a defensive error put us back to square one.

Again the ball was left for Danny Lewis to deal with after Gowling and Grimes couldn't agree between them who was actually going to deal with it.  Bowman again was the scorer after Toby Ajala had slipped the ball through to him and between our indecisive defenders.

This time our heads didn't drop and we tried to get another equaliser.  Gowling sent one over the bar while Spencer went close but it was Asante who was catching the eye for the Harriers with a battling performance looking to earn himself a starting spot against Braintree next Saturday.

Even with the five minutes of added time we couldn't quite get that precious goal and came away with another defeat and down to thirteenth in the table.  At least this was a better performance than in previous weeks so there has to be some kind of hope drawn from that.
  FT: 2 - 1

 Goals for Torquay: Bowman 23, 65
 Goal for Harriers: Hughes 62

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Torquay Utd  goals   subs   cards      Harriers  goals   subs   cards 
Rice     Lewis  
Dawson     Hodgkiss  
Ives     Nicholson gif  
Downes     Verma  
Gueguen     Grimes
McQuilken     Gowling
Briscoe gif     Obeng gif  
Young     Gittings
Campbell gif     Wright gif  
Ajala gif   Hughes gif  
Cameron     Green  
SUBS:         SUBS:      
Pearce     Singh  
Bowman gif gif - 14   Spencer gif - 56  
Yeoman gif - 80     Reffell  
Prynn     Maxwell gif - 85  
Richards gif - 94     Asante gif - 60  

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