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Date: 13-08-16 gif Venue: Aggborough gif att: 1339 gif away fans: 84
Harriers make it a Chore

gif Report: Phil Lench
At the end of this first week in the National North league the general consensus is that we need to do better.  Both our home games have ended disappointingly and the main reason for that is our glaring inability to break down massed defences and we're going to have to start doing so soon otherwise we're in for a long and frustrating season.

On Tuesday it was Brackley that came to Aggborough and put ten men behind the ball while today it was the turn of Chorley.  The main difference was that Brackley also attacked our goal while Chorley hadn't got the ability or the inclination to do so.

Our frustration can also be aimed at the poor standard of refereeing and more none so today as we witnessed an incompetent referee more concerned with drawing attention to himself rather than playing fair to both sides.  Fair enough book a player for tugging a shirt but don't walk away laughing when a player almost gets his leg broken and the perpetrator escapes un-punished.  Also make it plain to everyone what a penalty has been given for and not leave everyone in the ground scratching their heads looking for a reason.

We started this game with an unchanged eleven for the third game in a row.  This was a surprise in itself coming after the praise Andre Brown received, from John Eustace following his sub appearance in the Brackley game, you would have thought he would be handed his first start.  On the bench Jono Brown replaced Robert Stambolziev after the Australian had picked up a knock in training.

For the visitors we saw the return of Josh O'Keefe to Aggborough but to be honest he made as much impression on the game as he did with us.  Very little.

With Chorleys' spoiling tactics and our inability to break them down it was never going to be a game full of highlights and so it proved.  The only one of note being the penalty save by Sam Hornby mid way through the second half.

With both sides just finding their feet we had to face an unplanned substitution after only fifteen minutes when Jared Hodgkiss went off with a foot injury to be replaced by Tyrone Williams.  It didn't unsettle the make up of the team too much and we settled down to play our usual style of football.  That is pass it around and pass it around some more.

Elton N'Gwatala had a shot on goal that went just wide and then Tyrell Waite fired straight at the Chorley keeper.  N'Gwatala then latched on to a ball through the centre of the park but at the last minute he was robbed by a defender who nipped in to rob him of the ball when he should have gone on for a one on one with the keeper.

Did anything else happen? No, apart from a couple of yellow cards for Harriers players and a slap on the back for Chorley players when they fouled James McQuilkin and then Ashley Carter but nothing was done when Carter was scythed down on the halfway line and the referee waved away treatment for him too.
  HT: 0 - 0
Sadly the second half was more of the same.

McQuilkin tried his luck from a free kick just outside the box early doors but it was over the bar and too soft anyway.  Chorley responded with a shot that threatened to knock the corner flag over and then carry on towards Trimpley Hill.

Up front for us Mani Dieseruvwe was getting no joy against the defenders and no joy either with crosses in for him.  The main culprit was Tyrell Waite with Arthur Gnahoua not much better but it was Gnahoua that was sacrificed for Sam Austin to try his luck in getting balls in.  He did look a little more threatening but still Dieseruvwe was finding himself starved of ammunition.

A great goal chance for us developed when the Chorley defence was split apart for the second time in the game.  This time Elton N'Gwatala picked up the ball deep and shifted past three Chorley players before slipping the ball through for Dieseruvwe but his poor control was to let him down and a defender rushing back got a foot in to flick the ball away for a corner.  From the poorly taken kick by McQuilkin the ball failed to reach the first man but somehow found it's way to the foot of the post where it was then cleared out by Sefton Gonzalez.

We were now on top but still failing to do much with it.  Chorley had settled for the point it seemed then suddenly, against the run of play, the visitors were awarded a dubious penalty and no one seemed to understand why.  The referee pointed to the spot and then proceeded to book Keith Lowe for the unknown offence.  Paul Jarvis stepped up to take it and rightfully missed when Sam Hornby dived easily to his right to push the ball back out.

Our final chances of the game to get all three points came after that with Zaine Francis-Angol heading the ball towards the far side of Sam Ashtons goal only for the keeper to pull out an exceptional diving save to keep his side from going behind.  Then a few minutes later Dieseruvwe could feel the ground open up and swallow him when he sent his shot well wide of the goal when really a number nine should be hitting the target.  Something he has failed to do in his last two games.

So it's a nice short (long?) trip through rush hour Birmingham and Coventry on Tuesday evening to see us take on Nuneaton.  Kelvin Langmead and Dean Snedker both play for them now but their results haven't been too good so far with their first point coming away at Bradford PA today.  Hopefully we're better away from home and we might see some goals this time out.
  FT: 0 - 0

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Harriers  goals   subs   cards      Chorley FC  goals   subs   cards 
Hornby     Ashton  
Hodgkiss gif     Challoner  
Francis-Angol     Jarvis  
Carter   Charnock  
Lowe   Leather  
Tunnicliffe     Jordan  
Waite gif     Cottrell
McQuilkin     Witham
Dieseruvwe     Carver  
N'Gwatala   Gonzalez gif  
Gnahoua gif     O'Keefe gif
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J Brown     Lynch  
Williams gif - 14   Blakeman gif - 90  
Truslove     Walker gif - 59  
A Brown gif - 82     Roscoe  
Austin gif - 62     Waqas  

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