Penalty miss proves costly

PUBLISHED: 15:14 18 January 2008 | UPDATED: 08:47 10 June 2010

Exeter CS 0, Heavitree Harriers 0 D&E Premier Division Heavitree Harriers came away with a point from a game they really should have won.

Exeter CS 0, Heavitree Harriers 0 D&E Premier Division Heavitree Harriers came away with a point from a game they really should have won.

From the start the Harriers dominated with the midfield trio of McMahon, Taylor and Abrahams completely on top.

Taylor burst through the middle on a number of occasions, only to be denied by last-ditch tackles.

Matt Dawson released a stinging drive that rebounded off the crossbar, as chances came thick and fast for the away side.

The back three of Dawson, Towers and Skinner were in control and gave Harriers' keeper Sandy Allen his quietest game of the season.

Wing-backs Coulam and Nicholls were virtually playing as out-and-out wingers as the Heavitree continued to press forward after the break. They delivered some excellent balls for Liam McMahon and Matt Dawson who, on other days, might have scored hat-tricks.

Unluckily for Harriers, home keeper Robbie Raddon was in inspired form. McMahon missed one of the best chances of the match after 65 minutes by trying to place a left-footed shot when power may have been a better option.

As the pitch deteriorated, Paul McMahon came more and more into the game.

Playing in an unfamiliar midfield role, McMahon surged forward without any luck as he also found Raddon on top of his game.

The best chance of the match was reserved for the last kick as the Harriers were awarded a penalty for handball.

Up stepped Matt Dawson who hit his effort well to Raddon's left, only to see the keeper fling himself across to parry to safety as the referee blew for full-time.

This was still an excellent result for the Heavitree and a great game of football played on a heavy surface. The Just Chaps Man of the Match went to Paul McMahon.

This Saturday, the Harriers entertain Bickleigh. There may be new faces as the management have been delving into the transfer market.

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