Harriers v Grays Athletic
- Kick off: 11:57am Thu 30 Oct 08
- Venue: Aggborough
- Final score:
- Kidderminster Harriers 2 - 0 Grays Athletic
0:00: HELLO Harriers fans and welcome to our new and improved live match coverage. It's still in the experimental stage so apologies for the order of the players in the team line-ups. Harriers make one change, with Martin Riley making his first start of the season in central defence. Manager Mark Yates has stuck with his usual 4-4-2 formation, with Adam Bartlett in goal, Keith Lowe and Lee Baker the full-backs with captain Mark Creighton in central defence. Russ Penn and Andy Ferrell are patrolling the central midfield, with Brian Smikle on the left and Martin Brittain the right, with Matthew Barnes-Homer and Justin Richards leading the line. For Grays, Scott Forrester is a loan front man in a 4-5-2 formation, with David Button in goal, with defenders Stuart Elliott, Rob Gier, Damian Batt and Kenny Davis ahead of him.
2:00: Martin Brittain comes close with a 30-yard free-kick that flies wide of the left post after a handball by Rob Gier.
8:00: Good tackle by Russ Penn on Stuart Thurgood as he breaks free in Harriers' area. It was a Grays move that started after Justin Richards gave the ball away.
9:00: Lovely move by Harriers, which involved, Andy Ferrell, Russ Penn, Brian Smikle and Matthew Barnes-Homer ends when Justin Richards drags a powerful low shot wide of the right post.
10:00: Barnes-Homer shoots over the bar from close range after a Brittain free-kick is poked to him by Keith Lowe.
11:00: Harriers have their first corner of the game. Brittain whips in a great delivery but Richards, who rose imperiously, heads wide.
15:00: Grays are trying to take part in an open game. Mark Creighton heads Barry Cogan's cross away.
17:00: Harriers look very dangerous going forward and after Richards powers his way through Gier and Kenny Beaney, Lee Baker sends in a cross from the left that Russ Penn heads over at the far post.
19:00: Harriers keep the pressure on and after Grays fail to clear,Richards digs out a shot that keeper David Button does well to save at the bottom of his left post.
19:00: Penn slips as he runs onto Barnes-Homer's squared past on the edge of the area.
21:00: Harriers are opened up by Kenny Beaney's pass but Scott Forrester shoots across goal.
24:00: Barnes-Homer scampers onto Brittain's pass down the right. He squares ball to Andy Ferrell on edge of the box but the midfield maestro takes too long to shoot and passes to Penn on left edge of box, unfortunately, he's offside.
26:00: Martin Brittain's delivery is poor and his lofted attempt is headed over.
26:00: Harriers look capable of opening up Grays at will. If they can find a goal they could win by a very big score. Harriers get a free kick when Stuart Elliott fouls Barnes-Homer.
31:00: Harriers are still probing but Brittain is stopped by Damian Batt's sliding tackle.
32:00: Baker's pass back leaves keeper Adam Bartlett vulnerable. His poor kick falls to Stuart Thurgood. He picks out Barry Cogan on the right but Baker heads his dangerous cross away.
36:00: A golden opportunity goes begging when Penn slips Brian Smikle through in a on-on-one with the keeper. But Button spreads himself wide and sees his shot blocked
37:00: A throw-in is headed on by Mark Creighton to the unmarked Richards in the area. His attempted overhead kick goes over the ball and the threat to Grays' goal fades away.
38:00: Mark Creighton is denied by Button. Brittain whips in a great corner and Harriers' captain rises brilliantly to head goalwards but Button tips it over.
39:00: Goal! RICHARDS heads Harriers into the lead. From a short corner, Brittain once again delivers a lovely cross from the right, that Richards nods across the keeper to make it 10 for the season so far.
45:00: Half time Mark Creighton beats Scott Forrester to Beaney's cross. The whistle blows for half-time and Harriers take a deserved lead.
47:00: Barnes-Homer steals the ball from Jamie Stuart's poor back pass but Button rushes out and kicks the ball away.
49:00: Beaney shoots over from long range.
52:00: Riley slips while trying to follow Forrester's run into the box. He's pulled by the Grays striker and the referee signals a Harriers free-kick on the edge of their own box. At the moment the hosts are finding their feet.
54:00: Yellow card Stuart Thurgood makes a meal of a fair Penn challenge and is rightly booked.
56:00: Harriers get a let off when Forrester heads wide after a good run and cross down the left by Ishmael Welsh.
58:00: Goal! Barnes-Homer steers a powerful shot beyond keeper Button after a mix-up in Grays' defence. Harriers take a deserved 2-0 lead.
59:00: Keeper Adam Bartlett punches Stuart Thurgood's attempted 20-yard chip away.
62:00: Substitution Kenny Beaney is replaced by Bradley Gray for Grays.
64:00: Justin Richards is ruled offside after Brittain cuts in from the right and tries to drive in a low cross that comes off a defender.
65:00: Harriers scent more goals. Matthew Barnes-Homer shoots off target after a smart chest down by Smikle.
69:00: Harriers concede a free-kick on edge of area after Mark Creighton fouls Scott Forrester. Thurgood squares the ball to Stuart Elliott, whose shot hits Brian Smikle.
69:00: Keith Lowe is teased by Ishmael Welsh on the left side of the box. Luckily, Martin Brittain clears the danger.
72:00: If Harriers really want to, they could notch up a cricket score. Matthew Barnes-Homer chases a long punt forward but Button rushes to edge of area and boots the ball away.
76:00: Barry Cogan's cross isn't cleared properly by Harriers and Stuart Thurgood tries a volley on edge of the box that is high and wide. Harriers need to be careful they don't relax too much and let Grays back into the game.
78:00: Yellow card Scott Forrester is booked for a clumsy challenge on Martin Riley.
80:00: Substitution Lee Baker is replaced by Dean Bennett as Harriers try to find some extra composure in midfield.
82:00: Harriers have their first corner to defend, Bennett gets a firm header to clear the danger.
84:00: Substitution Harriers' strike force is clapped off the pitch, as Darryl Knights and Stefan Moore replace Justin Richards and Matthew Barnes-Homer.
85:00: Stefan Moore goes close to bagging his first goal for Harriers, smashing a low 20-yard shot beyond the right post.
87:00: Andy Ferrell is booked for a challenge from behind on Jamie Stuart.
90:00: The fourth official indicates there will be three minutes of added time.
93:00: Final whistle Rob Gier goes close from a corner but shoots over. That's the last bit of action and Harriers take a deserved three points.
- Kidderminster Harriers
- Mark Yates
- Adam Bartlett
- Andy Ferrell
- Brian Smikle
- Justin Richards
- Keith Lowe
- Lee Baker
- Mark Creighton
- Martin Brittain
- Martin Riley
- Matthew Barnes-Homer
- Russell Penn
- Darryl Knights
- David McDermott
- Dean Bennett
- Dean Coleman
- Stefan Moore
- Grays Athletic
- Wayne Burnett
- Barry Cogan
- Damien Batt
- David Button
- Ishmael Welsh
- Jamie Stuart
- Kenny Beaney
- Kenny Davis
- Rob Gier
- Scott Forrester
- Stuart Elliott
- Stuart Thurgood
- Bradley Gray
- Fabian Wilnis
- Gavin Dayes
- Sam Sloma
- Steve Arnold