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HARRIERS V STEVENAGE
- Kick off: 3:00pm Fri 12 Mar 10
- Venue: Aggborough
- Final score:
- Kidderminster Harriers 1 - 5 Stevenage Borough
4:46pm Fri 12 Mar 10: Final whistle It's over! That was a chastening result for Harriers. Stevenage were head and shoulders above Harriers. There will be much to ponder for Steve Burr.
4:45pm Fri 12 Mar 10: Five minutes for Harriers to endure.
4:40pm Fri 12 Mar 10: Goal! This is getting embarrassing. Martin Riley is far too easily hustle off the ball by the impressive Chris Beardsley. He cuts into the box from the right and fires a curling effort past Ross Atkins.
4:39pm Fri 12 Mar 10: Substitution Peter Vincenti comes on for David Bridges.
4:36pm Fri 12 Mar 10: Harriers are plugging away in the hope of getting a goal back and giving themselves a chance in the second leg but they haven't tested Boro's defence enough.
4:33pm Fri 12 Mar 10: Dean Bennett fires in a low 20-yard effort but it's straight into the keeper's arms.
4:30pm Fri 12 Mar 10: Yellow card Darryl Knights is booked for a foul on Ronnie Henry. Harsh but sums up Harriers' fortune today.
4:28pm Fri 12 Mar 10: Substitution James Lawrie replaces Marcus Bignot.
4:26pm Fri 12 Mar 10: Goal! It's all over in this tie. Michael Bostwick meets Andy Drury's cross with an effort that hits the bar. It ricochets down and Chris Beardsley scores from close range.
4:22pm Fri 12 Mar 10: From the corner, Martin Riley heads an effort into keeper Chris Day's arms.
4:21pm Fri 12 Mar 10: Harriers are still trying but aren't worrying Stevenage. Brian Smikle turns and shoots and wins a corner.
4:18pm Fri 12 Mar 10: That was close for Harriers. Lee Baker delivers a free-kick from deep that Martin Riley meets but his header is just wide.
4:15pm Fri 12 Mar 10: Substitution Robbie Matthews replaces Adam Boyes, who after a bright start has faded badly.
4:13pm Fri 12 Mar 10: Marcus Bignot wastes a good chance when he skies an first-time effort over the bar. There was good build-up play by Darryl Knights and Brian Smikle.
4:10pm Fri 12 Mar 10: Harriers have struggled to impose themselves so Steve Burr has Robbie Matthews and James Lawrie warming up ferociously.
4:04pm Fri 12 Mar 10: Brian Smikle races past Jon Ashton and lashes a low shot across the face of goal.
4:01pm Fri 12 Mar 10: Harriers' players come out early and do shuttle runs after a few well chosen words from manager Steve Burr no doubt.
4:00pm Fri 12 Mar 10: Substitution Mitchell Cole is replaced by Matrk Albrighton for Boro.
3:48pm Fri 12 Mar 10: That's the end of the first half. Harriers have a mountain to climb now but there's a game and a half to go so there's still a chance of a fight back.
3:43pm Fri 12 Mar 10: Goal! This could be a rout. From Joel Byrom's corner the illusive David Bridges heads into the back of the net. Stevenage have three away goals now, this is looking bad for Harriers.
3:40pm Fri 12 Mar 10: Brian Smikle cleverly escapes his marker in the box. He passes to Adam Boyes, whose first-time effort is bravely blocked by Mark Roberts.
3:37pm Fri 12 Mar 10: Goal! Oh dear! Yemi Odubade slides into to score. Mitchell does well to control a ball into the box and evades a challenge by Martin Riley. He squares it and the striker slides into score.
3:35pm Fri 12 Mar 10: Good save by Ross Atkins. Chris Beardsley wins the ball off Gavin Caines, cuts in from the left and fires in a goal-bound effort that the keeper gets a firm double first to.
3:30pm Fri 12 Mar 10: Harriers get back on level terms with a stunning effort. A corner is cleared to Caines, who controls the ball and thumps a superb effort into the corner.
3:29pm Fri 12 Mar 10: Goal! Wow! What a goal by Gavin Caines.
3:27pm Fri 12 Mar 10: Yellow card The home fans are furious when Darryl Knights is fouled by Mitchell Cole's challenge. He's booked, despite the anger of the home team.
3:25pm Fri 12 Mar 10: Goal! Harriers' good work is undone by a sloppy defensive moment. Michael Bostwick delivers an excellent from the right that David Bridges heads into the back of the net.
3:19pm Fri 12 Mar 10: More encouraging stuff from the hosts. Lee Baker delivers a decent cross that Brian Smikle heads off target. Boro clear but the unmarked Duane Courtney delivers a looping effort just over the bar.
3:15pm Fri 12 Mar 10: Harriers are really trying keep the pressur up. Dean Bennett makes a raid down the left and plays the ball to Lee Baker. He seconds in a cross intended for Darryl Knights. Mark Roberts wins in in the air but his header falls to Brian Smikle on edge of the box who hooks an ambitious dipping effort just wide.
3:14pm Fri 12 Mar 10: Harriers are awarded a free-kick on the right. Lee Baker curls one in and Martin Riley rises highest at the far post but his header is blocked.
3:13pm Fri 12 Mar 10: Harriers create a decent opening out of sheer determination. The hosts were applying pressure and Darryl Knights saw a shot from the edge of the box hit a Borough player and fall to Chris McPhee. His effort was blocked but came to Lee Baker. The left-back fires in a low shot that keeper Chris Day smothers.
3:09pm Fri 12 Mar 10: Stevenage are sitting back and Harriers looks bright on the ball. No openings at all though.
3:08pm Fri 12 Mar 10: Cagey is the best word to sum up this game. Both sides are trying to size each other up.
3:06pm Fri 12 Mar 10: A worrying moment. Chris Beardley fires in a shot from close range that Ross Atkins misses. It rolls past the keeper but Duane Courtney is on hand to boot it away.
3:00pm Fri 12 Mar 10: The hype going into this game has worked as Harriers have a crowd of over 2,000 for the game. The visitors have brought a few hundreds and the home fans have come out in force.
3:00pm Fri 12 Mar 10: Stevenage boss Graham Westley makes two changes for the side that won 4-0 over Barrow in the mid-week. Stacy Long and Lee Boylan are left out completely and replaced by Joel Byrom and Mitchell Cole. Chris Day is in goal, with the back four of Scott Laird (LB), Ronnie Henry (RB), Jon Ashton (CB) and Mark Roberts (CB). In midfield, Stevenage have David Bridges and Michael Bostwick in the central positions, while Mitchell Cole and Byrom are on the flanks. Up front, they have the in-form Yemi Odubade and former Harrier Chris Beardsley leading the line.
3:00pm Fri 12 Mar 10: Welcome to a sunny Aggborough for today's FA Trophy semi-final first leg against Stevenage Borough. There's a blow for Harriers boss Steve Burr as player/coach John Finnigan has been unable to shake off his calf injury and misses the match. So there's no changes from the side that drew 0-0 at Eastbourne.
- Kidderminster Harriers
- Steve Burr
- Chris McPhee
- Tom Sharpe
- Stevenage Borough
- Graham Westly
- Chris Beardsley
- Chris Day
- David Bridges
- Joel Byrom
- Jon Ashton
- Mark Roberts
- Michael Bostwick
- Mitchell Cole
- Ronnie Henry
- Scott Laird
- Yemi Odubade
- Andy Drury
- Ashley Bayes
- Mark Albrighton
- Tim Sills