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Harriers still bottom despite decent display
8:22am Sunday 16th September 2012 in News
Winless Harriers were in desperate need of a marksman with the killer touch when they fought out a frustrating goalless draw against Grimsby Town at Aggborough.
It was the fourth deadlock in a row for Steve Burr ’s strugglers who remain firmly rooted at the bottom of the Blue Square Bet Premier table.
Harriers’ overall play was of a decent standard except in front of goal where they were far too toothless to give the Mariners’ goalkeeper James McKeown any major problems.
Afterwards, Burr accepted his basement boys urgently need to start hitting the target to back up the side’s improving defensive qualities which led to them keeping their first clean sheet of the campaign.
He said: “If you don’t score you don’t win matches and at the minute we’re struggling to score goals. Everything else in our play is reasonably good, but it’s all about putting the ball in the net and we aren’t doing that.
“I thought the lads at the back did superb again. I just feel for them because we aren’t giving them much of a breather because we aren’t scoring goals.
“We’ve got goals in us all around the park, but at the minute we’re just not putting the chances away. You just keep trying to hit the right formation and we’ll keep doing that. It’s frustrating because some of our build-up play is good, but it’s that end product of putting the ball in the net.”
Ninth-placed Grimsby, who have never beaten Harriers on the five occasions they have faced each other in the Conference, also struggled to find the necessary penetration, but were denied on a couple of occasions when efforts by Joe Colbeck hit the woodwork.
On the first occasion, in the 49th minute, he should have been more accurate with a shot which thudded against the underside of the bar before Andy Cook struck the rebound wide.
Colbeck’s other effort, in stoppage time, smacked against the angle of bar and post to make it a frustrating afternoon for the midfielder whose side have lost only once so far this term.
Harriers’ best scoring opportunities during the first half fell to Lee Vaughan and Keith Briggs while the substitutions Burr made during the second period failed to provide the lethal cutting edge his side so badly needed.
Their quartet of draws, which followed a dismal run of five successive defeats, leaves the under achieving Aggborough outfit a point adrift at the foot of the table and more anxious than ever to open their victory account when they visit Alfreton Town on Saturday.
Harriers: N. Vaughan 7; L. Vaughan 7, Dunkley 7, GOWLING 8, Demetriou 7; Pilkington 5 (Johnson, 52, 5), Vincent 6, Briggs 7, Gittings 6; Malbon 5 (Guinan 78, 5), Peniket 5 (Rowe, 68, 5). Subs not used: Lewis, Williams.
Grimsby: McKeown; Wood (Hatton, 54), S. Pearson, Pond, Thomas; Colbeck, Niven, Disley, Artus; Cook (G. Pearson, 65, Southwell, 90), Elding. Subs not used: Miller, Thanoj.
Referee: Kevin Johnson (Somerset).
Attendance: 1,811 (375 away fans).