Harriers suffer humbling defeat at Hatters

Luton 6, Harriers 0

DEFENDER Chey Dunkley was sent off as Harriers were humbled by promotion rivals Luton to suffer their biggest defeat of the season at Kenilworth Road.

Dunkley was shown a straight red card for bringing down Paul Benson early in the second half.

Harriers had been more than competing with the Hatters despite trailing to goals from Luke Guttridge and Benson.

Jake Howells scored the first of his brace from the spot to end the game as a contest and make it 3-0, while Scott Griffiths and Guttridge rubbed salt into stunned Harriers' wounds.

Burr made one change as Josh Gowling returned to central defence after serving his one-match ban.

Danny Jackman continued a left-back while Mickey Demetriou missed the game through injury.

The visitors started confidently and dangerman Joe Lolley saw an effort deflected wide.

With Gowling commanding at the back, Kidderminster were soaking up Luton's considerable pressure and attacking the hosts at every opportunity.

Despite Luton's defence to contain him, Lolley was posing problems and found Jack Byrne with a good pass but the midfielder stumbled as he raced into the box.

Lolley nearly opened the scoring in the 19th minute but Hatters keeper Mark Tyler brilliantly dived go tip away his fine effort.

But Harriers fell behind in the 27th minute. Keeper Danny Lewis, who had been alert throughout, did well to reach Matt Robinson's firm effort from the effort the edge of the box but Guttridge was on hand to slot home the loose ball.

Harriers continued to push for a leveller, with Lolley at the heart of their attacks.

 Byrne saw a header well held by Tyler.

Lewis denied Luton a second goal in the 36th minute, diverting Alex Lawless' effort wide.

Callum Gittings then pounced on a loose ball and found Lolley. The young striker drew a fine point blank save from the shot-stopper.

Harriers went into the second half believing they could get something from the game but two goals in four minutes ended their hopes.

First, Benson headed home Luton's second from a Howells cross.

Things got even worse moments later when Dunkley brought down Benson as he raced into the box.

The young defender was shown a straight red card and Howells slotted the resulting penalty into the top left cover.

Michael Gash nearly pulled a goal back but his fine first time effort was equalled by Tyler.

But Luton began to make their extra man tell and Benson turned provider for Howells in the 70th minute when he fired a right footed effort into the back of the net.

Dispirited Harriers conceded a fifth goal in the 79th minute when Griffiths headed home from a Guttridge free-kick.

The midfielder capped his own influential display in the 86th minute as he rifled home Luton's sixth.

Harriers: Lewis, L Vaughan, Storer, Dunkley, Byrne, Gash, Jackman, Gittings, Lolley (Fowler, 60), Morgan-Smith (Johnson, 66), Gowling.

Subs not used: Angus, Grimes, N Vaughan.

Luton: Tyler, McNulty, Lawless, Griffiths, Mpanzu (Howells, 45+1), Davis, Guttridge, Robinson, Henry, Benson (Cullen, 80), Gray.

Subs not used: Wall, Justham, Mawson.

Referee: N Kinseley.  Attendance: 8,488 (203)


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