Luton v Harriers

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  • Luton 5
  • Harriers 0
  • Luke Guttridge fires Luton ahead in the 27th minute
  • Paul Benson heads Luton 2-0 ahead in the 52nd minute
  • Jake Howells makes it 3-0 from the spot. Chey Dunkley sent off for bringing down Benson as Harriers reduced to ten men
  • Howells scores his second in the 70th and Scott Griffiths bags a fifth for Hatters
  • Harriers go into the lion's den at in-form Luton Town this afternoon
  • Can they beat their Skrill Premier promotion rivals?
  • Follow The Shuttle's live match blog for all the action (3pm ko)

5:02pm

It is over! Harriers are stunned. They simply ccould not cope with Luton in the second half.

The pivotal moment was Dunkley's sending off the the penalty. It was definitely a penalty but the dismissal was questionable as I don't think he was last man.

Worryingly, Harriers fell apart. Luton go top of the Skrill Premier and Kidderminster remain fifth.

Steve Burr has a big job trying to lift his players for Hereford away on New Year's Day. 

5:02pm

It is over! Harriers are stunned. They simply ccould not cope with Luton in the second half.

The pivotal moment was Dunkley's sending off the the penalty. It was definitely a penalty but the dismissal was questionable as I don't think he was last man.

Worryingly, Harriers fell apart. Luton go top of the Skrill Premier and Kidderminster remain fifth.

Steve Burr has a big job trying to lift his players for Hereford away on New Year's Day. 

4:59pm

Guttridge makes it 6-0 in the 86th minute.

4:42pm

Goal! Scott Griffiths heads from a Guttridge free-kick.

4:40pm

78- Lee Vaughan booked for a foul.

4:34pm

Howells fires home from a Benson cross. After their efforts in the first half, this is dispiriting for Harriers. 

4:33pm

Goal! Howells! Harriees 4-0 down.

4:33pm

Goal! Howells! Harriers 4-0 down.

4:32pm

The crowd is 8,488 with 203 Harriers fans. 

4:30pm

Marvin Johnson replaces AMS in the 66th minute. 

4:24pm

Steve Burr takes off Joe Lolley and brings on Lee Fowler on the hour mark.

4:21pm

Howells slams the penalty into top left corner to put the game beyond Harriers. 

In the space of two minutes what was a close game has completely being taken away from Harriers.

4:17pm

Goal! Howells! 

4:16pm

Dunkley is red carded! 

4:16pm

Chey Dunkley brings down Benson in the box.

4:14pm

Jake Howells crosses from left and Paul Benson peels away from his marker to head home at the far post.

4:14pm

Goal! Luton! 

4:12pm

50- Lolley crosses from the right but it is any an easy take for Tyler.

4:12pm

50- Lolley crosses from the rig but it is any an easy take for Tyler.

4:10pm

46- Close! Andre Gray flashes a shot across goal.

4:10pm

46- Close! Andre Gray flashes a shot across goal.

4:07pm

Here we go again.

3:52pm

That is the break. Harriers will be annoyed to be trailing but also confident they can get something from this game. Luton are dangerous but they have been thankful for the form of keeper Mark Tyler, who has made several fine saves. 

3:48pm

First change for Luton as the injured Ruddock is replaced by Jake Howells in the first minute of time added on. 

There are also four minutes injury time.

3:45pm

Harriers knocking the ball about confidently. They have tested Tyler several times but can they get back on level terms?

3:45pm

42- So close to a leveller! Gittings intercepts a stray pass and finds Lolley, who sees his effort saved by the alert Tyler.

3:45pm

42- So close to a leveller! Gittings intercepts a stray pass and finds Lolley, who sees his effort saved by the alert Tyler.

3:43pm

40- Ruddock delivers a cross from the right and Guttridge meets it at the far post but heads over. 

3:42pm

39- Lolley drives down left and forces a throw in. So far, the winger has done well but Luton are marking him.

3:42pm

39- Lolley drives down left and forces a throw in. So far, the winger has done well but Luton are marking him.

3:40pm

37- Byrne is having a good game for Harriers and he tries to find AMS with a searching ball but it is well shepherded by the home defence.

3:38pm

Phew! Gray back heels ball into the path of Lawless, who thinks he has scores with a lot accurate shot but Lewis somehow puts it behind for a corner.

 

3:37pm

36- Chance! Jackman intercepts Robinson's pass and finds Lolley wit a lovely pass. The winger swaps passes with Gash and crosses and Byrne sees his header saved by Tyler. If he had directed it downward, it might have tested the keeper.

3:37pm

36- Chance! Jackman intercepts Robinson's pass and finds Lolley wit a lovely pass. The winger swaps passes with Gash and crosses and Byrne sees his header saved by Tyler. If he had directed it downward, it might have tested the keeper.

3:37pm

36- Chance! Jackman intercepts Robinson's pass and finds Lolley wit a lovely pass. The winger swaps passes with Gash and crosses and Byrne sees his header saved by Tyler. If he had directed it downward, it might have tested the keeper.

3:35pm

32- Another corner to Luton. Guttridge's delivery was too long for everyone.

3:34pm

Up until that goal, Harriers had been giving as good as they were getting. Luton, driven on by a for once supportive home crowd, will be looking for more goals though.

3:34pm

Up until that goal, Harriers had been giving as good as they were getting. Luton, driven on by a for once supportive home crowd, will be looking for more goals though.

3:30pm

Damn! Danny Lewis does brilliantly to dive to Matt Robinson's fine effort but Guttridge fires home the follow up. 

3:29pm

Goal! Luton!

3:27pm

The game is becoming more stretched now and Benson delivers a good cross from the right which just evades Gray. 

3:26pm

So close! Lolley hits a fine rising effort which forces Tyler into a brilliant one-handed save! 

3:26pm

So close! Lolley hits a fine rising effort which forces Tyler into a brilliant one-handed save! 

3:25pm

19- Harriees are not afraid to attack and Lolley plays in a lovely ball which Byrne cannot control as he runs into box.

3:20pm

18- Luton are piling on the pressure and force another corner. Harriees struggle to clear and Lawless fires in a shot from the edge of the area which Storer blocks.

3:19pm

17- So far Harriees have defended solidly. Gowling looks commanding.

3:18pm

15- Luton win a third corner. Guttridge plays it short and Gittings heads behind.

Guttridge ddelivers a first time ball but Gowling dives to powerfully head it away. 

3:17pm

14- Harriers' first shot sees Lolley hit one which deflects wide for a corner. Good work by Vaughan to keep attack alive.

 

3:15pm

13- Kyle Storer heads a corner from Guttridge away powerfully. So far, Kidderminster looking very solid. 

3:14pm

11- Josh Gowling dwells a little top long on the ball and tries to find Gash with a long ball. The striker can only head it goalwards to Tyler.

3:11pm

9- So far, so good for Harriers, who are competing well and winning many of the first balls. 

3:10pm

8- Luton win a corner. Harriers defend Luke Guttridge's ddelivery well.

3:09pm

7- Lee Vaughan drives forward and is fouled. Storer delivers the free-kick from 30-yard out but Luton head it away.

3:09pm

7- Lee Vaughan drives forward and is fouled. Storer delivers the free-kick from 30-yard out but Luton head it away.

3:08pm

5- Amari Morgan-Smith wins a free kick off Ronnie Henry on the left.

Storer's ball is a good one but Liton head it away at far post.

3:08pm

5- Amari Morgan-Smith wins a free kick off Ronnie Henry on the left.

Storer's ball is a good one but Liton head it away at far post.

3:08pm

5- Amari Morgan-Smith wins a free kick off Ronnie Henry on the left.

Storer's ball is a good one but Liton head it away at far post.

3:08pm

5- Amari Morgan-Smith wins a free kick off Ronnie Henry on the left.

Storer's ball is a good one but Liton head it away at far post.

3:06pm

4- Chey Dunkley is fouled by Paul Benson and the Hatters hitman is booked. 

3:05pm

2- A good run by Pelly Ruddock Mpanzu forces a free-kick down the left for hosts. 

The ball is played short to Alex Lawless, who fires a decent 30-yard effort over the bar.

3:03pm

Correction, the Harriers fans are behind Luton keeper Mark Tyler. But that means they will get literally right behind Danny Lewis in the second half.

3:02pm

We're off! 

3:00pm

Chey Dunkley, Lee Vaughan and Josh Gowling embrace and high five head of the game. They know the test and are clearly up for it.

2:59pm

Both sets of players come out to an almighty roar. The home fans are out in force but there is a good number of Harriers supporters behind Danny Lewis' goal.

2:40pm

Just noticed a chewing gum munching John Gregory in the main stand. With no Football League fixtures today is the newly-installed Crawley boss coming to enjoy the game or cast his eye some potential signings?

2:32pm

Luton are unbeaten at home all season but the last visiting team to win at Kenilworth Road was Harriers last season, which is a very good omen. Can they do it again? 

2:28pm

Matt Robinson is the only change for the Hatters. He replaces Jonathan Smith, who suffered a broken leg in Boxing Day's win over Barnet.

2:23pm

Luton: Tyler, McNulty, Lawless, Griffihs, Mpanzu, Davis, Guttridge, Robinson, Henry, Benson, Gray.

Subs: Wall, Howells, Cullen, Justham, Mawson.

Referee: N Kinseley.

2:21pm

One change to Harriers' starting line up as Josh Gowling returns from suspension. Mickey Demetriou misses out completely because of injury.

it is more interesting on the bench as Anthony Malbon is dropped completely and Marvin Johnson and Dior Angus, two wingers who have been notable by their absences, are picked for the bench. 

2:19pm

Harriers: Lewis, L Vaughan, Storer, Dunkley, Byrne, Gash, Jackman, Gittings, Lolley, Morgan-Smith, Gowling.

Subs: Fowler, Johnson, Angus, Grimes, N Vaughan.

1:59pm

Josh Gowling will return to the action after his one match suspension. Which means Mickey Demetriou could move from centre back to his more normal position at left-back. Danny Jackman is a doubt with an injury but if he is fit, no doubt he will play based on his recent good form.

1:54pm

I have arrived and taken my seat in the press box. It is quiet at the moment but no doubt there will be a good crowd for this game. 

10:36am

Good morning Harriers fans. I will be back from about 2pm with all the team news in the build-up to today's top five clash.

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