Harriers v Stevenage
- Kick off: 8:00am Sat 4 Apr 09
- Venue: Aggborough
- Final score:
- Kidderminster Harriers 4 - 2 Stevenage Borough
95:00: Final whistle It's over and Harriers have recorded their best victory of the season yet. This result could have a huge bearing on whether they finish in a play-off place.
92:00: Steve Morison's attempted chip dips over Harriers' bar.
90:00: Harriers have four minutes off added time to cope with.
88:00: Stevenage are putting some pressure on but defend a corner well.
87:00: Substitution Substitutions for both teams. Michael Carr comes on for Deann Bennett. Stevenage take off Lee Boylan and bring on Callum Willock.
85:00: Chris McPhee flashes a low shot across the face of goal.
81:00: Stefan Moore leads a break but is crowded out by a gaggle of Borough defenders.
80:00: Substitution Matthew Barnes-Homer is applauded off after another tireless shift by the hitman. He's replaced by Stefan Moore.
78:00: Justin Richards contrpls Dean Bennett's cross in the box and forces a low shot from Chris Day.
76:00: Steve Morison's shot is blocked for a Stevenage corner. Harriers deal well with the set-piece and go on the attack.
72:00: Russ Penn is fouled by Steve Morison. Mark Creighton uses the free-kick to try pick out Justin Richard but the ball goes out for a thrown-in.
71:00: If this scoreline stays the same Mark Yates needs to take a lot of credit. He took decisive action and it's paid off handsomely so far.
68:00: Stevenage haven't given up. Lee Boylan's shot hits the bar and Keith Lowe blocks Michael Bostwick's follow-up shot for a corner.
65:00: Everyone's getting in on the act now. Lee Baker's skidding 30-yard-er is pushed behind for a corner. From the set-piece Harriers press but the referee blows for a foul.
63:00: Substitution Stevenage defender Scott Laird comes off and Peter Vincento comes on.
61:00: Goal! Harriers are in dream land now. Chris McPhee delivers a lovely cross and an unmarked Martin Brittain finishes brilliant with a thundering right-foot shot from just inside the area. Amazing!
58:00: Goal! Oh. My. God! Justin Richards finishes coolly to put Harriers ahead for the first time in this game. This Lee Baker's through ball is missed by Mark Roberts.
53:00: This game is intruiging. Harriers are on the up but Stevenage are also coming out to attack. Mitchell Cole sees his swerving shot fly over Adam Bartlett's bar.
52:00: Adam Bartlett makes up for his error when he gets down quickly to block Steve Morison's low shot. The ball breaks free but Mark Roberts puts it wide from close range.
49:00: Goal! Wow! Russ Penn dives to meet an excellent cross and heads into the back of the net.
49:00: From a long kick forward, Steve Morrison cuts in from the left and flashes a low shot wide.
47:00: Chris McPhee is fouled and from 30-yards out Martin Brittain's free-kick curls just wide of Chris Day's right-hand post.
46:00: Okay. Harriers must go into the second half with the momentum but this game is more unpredictable than a box full of lusty ferrets so who know what will happen?
45:00: Half time Plus four: What a thrilling and dramatic first half! Harriers must fancy their chances in the second half.
45:00: Plus four: Steve Morison is a real livewire and nutmegs Martin Brittain His cross is put behind by Martin Riley.
45:00: Yellow card Plus two. Scott Laird is booked for a challenge on Matthew Barnes-Homer. Martin Brittain sends in a good free-kick and Mark Creighton saw his shot saved by Chris Day on the line.
45:00: Goal! Matthew Barnes-Homer scores! Martin Brittain whips in a corner and the striker sees his first close range header saved by the keeper. The ball popped up in the air and Barnes-Homer headed inton the back of the net. Game on!
44:00: Martin Brittain's cross wins a corner...
42:00: The normally impeccable Chris McPhee misses a good chance. Russ Penn powered down the left and released Lee Baker. The left-back drove into the area and slipped the ball to the midfielder. Instead of shooting he stepped over the ball but it went to a Stevenage man. Good play but Harriers have yet to really test the keeper.
40:00: Substitution There's a break in play when Ronnie Henry goes down injured. After two minutes of delay to stretch him off he's replaced by Mark Albrighton.
37:00: The hope is that Martin Brittain's deliveries can turn this game. There's no doubt that when he's in-form he's unplayable.
36:00: Substitution Mark Yates decides to ring the changes and replace Darryl Knights with Martin Brittain. The Geordie will play on the right as Harriers revert to a 4-4-2.
33:00: Dean Bennett gets free down the right but his cross is headed away by Jon Ashton.
30:00: Darryl Knights' free-kick forces Chris Day to put the ball behind for Harriers' first corner. Unfortunately, Knights' delivery is met by Mark Creighton but Stevenage clear the danger.
26:00: Right, Harriers have a chance. Darryl Knights' free-kick is met by Chris McPhee's firm header but it's at Chris Day in goal.
24:00: Red card There's hope for Harriers after a stupid two-footed tackle by Darren Murphy on Russ Penn near the centre circle. The refere has not choice but to send him off.
21:00: Goal! An error by Harriers allows Borough to go 2-0 up. The keeper's poor pass back fell to Mitchell Cole. He drove forward and forced a point-blank save from the keeper. The ball broke free and from a tight angle Cole slotted ho,e.
18:00: The home fans clap their approval as Russ Penn puts in a firm but fair challenge on Ronnie Henry as he tries to get the ball forward.
17:00: Borough keeper Chris Day punches Chris McPhee's cross/shot but the visitors clear as Harriers' strikers try and react.
16:00: Harriers are seeing a lot of the ball but have yet to open up the visitors. Matthew Barnes-Homer tries to break free down the right but a firm challenge puts it out for a throw-in.
15:00: Mark Creighton has had enough and from 30-yard he tries his luck but his effort is blocked by Mark Roberts. That's the right attitude though.
14:00: Unfortunately, the goal has also silenced the home fans. They're waiting for something now.
13:00: This is now the true test of Harriers' play-off credentials. Can they respond to a set back and beat one of their rivals?
11:00: Harriers are trying to reply but Keith Lowe's free-kick from 50-yards out is headed away by Borough.
7:00: Goal! Oh bugger! Harriers are opened up far too easily. Steve Morison powers onto a goal-kick and evades the clumsy Keith Lowe, who through himself in and missed the player. The striker delivered a good cross that Lee Boylan, who was unmarked, headed into the back of the net.
5:00: Cagey so far. Martin Riley wins the ball off Steve Morison near the centre circle for a Stevenge throw-in.
3:00: There's a good noise in the ground as both sets of fans gee-up their teams.
2:00: Both sides are brightly. Martin Riley clears Scott Laird's left-wing cross with ease.
0:00: Welcome Harriers fans to Shuttle Online's live match coverage of this very important clash against play-off rivals Stevenage. Victory against Borough could take them a big step towards a top five finish.
0:00: Mark Yates makes one change to the side that hammered Woking 5-1 in Surrey mid-week. Martin Riley has recovered from the minor hamstring problem that kept him out and replaces Lukes Jones. Jones finds himself relegated to the bench.
0:00: Stevenage manager Graham Westly has Chris Day in goal. Scott Laird is playing at left-back, Ronnie Henry the right, with Jon Ashton and Mark Roberts centrebacks. With David Bridges and Adam Drury out injured, the central midfield partnership for the visitors is Darren Murphy and Gary Mills. Key man Mitchell Cole plays on the left and Michael Bostwick will patrol the right wing. Up front Borough have the BSP's top scorer Steve Morison and Lee Boylan.
0:00: There's at least a few hundred Stevenage fans, who are in great voice. In response the home support increase the decibel level.
0:00: Obviously, a victory is what's wanted but do you Harriers fans feel that a draw is sufficent? It would mean Harriers would still have a slight advantage.
0:00: Did I forget to mention that keeper Adam is the Blue Square Premier's player of the month for March? I did? Well, he is.
- Kidderminster Harriers
- Mark Yates
- Adam Bartlett
- Chris McPhee
- Darryl Knights
- Dean Bennett
- Justin Richards
- Keith Lowe
- Lee Baker
- Mark Creighton
- Martin Riley
- Matthew Barnes-Homer
- Russell Penn
- Brian Smikle
- Luke Jones
- Martin Brittain
- Michael Carr
- Stefan Moore
- Stevenage Borough
- Graham Westly
- Chris Day
- Darren Murphy
- Gary Mills
- Jon Ashton
- Lee Boylan
- Mark Roberts
- Michael Bostwick
- Mitchell cole
- Ronnie Henry
- Scott Laird
- Steve Morison
- Ashley Bayes
- Callum Willock
- Junior Mendes
- Mark Albrighton
- Peter Vincenti