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Harriers v Wrexham
- Kick off: 2:30am Sat 22 Nov 08
- Venue: Aggborough
- Final score:
- Kidderminster Harriers 1 - 0 Wrexham
0:00: Wrexham manager Dean Saunders has kept faith with the same 11 that saw off Weymouth last week. That means it's Gavin Ward in goal, Carl Tremarco at left back, Ritchie Da Laet as right-back, Ashley Westwood and Mike Williams as centrebacks. Angelos Tsiaklis and Nathan Fairhurst are in central midfield, Nathan Woolfe is on the left and Wes Baines the right. Jefferson Louis and Wales under-21 forward Marc Williams are strikers for the Dragons, who have won the last five BSP games. New addition Patrick Suffo debuts on the bench for the visitors, while youth team player Kai Edwards is included as a substitute for the seniors for the first time ever.
0:00: Harriers boss Mark Yates has kept the same team that has played the last two games against Cambridge and Rushden and Diamonds. That means Adam Bartlett is in goal with a back four of Lee Baker, Mark Creighton, Martin Riley and Keith Lowe. Justin Richards and Matthew Barnes-Homer are up front, while the midfield has Brian Smikle on the left, Martin Brittain on the right and Russ Penn and Andy Ferrell in the central positions.
0:00: Welcome to Shuttle Online's live match coverage of the Blue Square Premier clash between Harriers and Wrexham. With ten minutes before kick-off, the away end is packed to the gills with Dragons fans, so there's a good chance that the 2,000 attendance mark will be smashed today.
1:00: Wrexham have the first chance of the game when Jefferson Louis holds up the ball in the box and passes to Marc Williams but his shot is easy Adam Bartlett to take.
3:00: Jefferson Louis cuts in from the left but screws a 20-yard effort wide.
4:00: Matthew Barnes-Homer pounces on Justin Richards' flick-on in the box but he is shepherded by Carl Tremarco, who eventually blocks his shot.
6:00: Harriers are lucky to be on level terms. Mike Williams' crossfield pass picks out Wes Baynes on the right. He fires in a 25-yard shot that rattles the top part of the post.
8:00: Harriers are under a bit of pressure from Wrexham. Mike Williams volley wide from 30-yards out.
9:00: The home team comes to life. Andy Ferrell finds Martin Brittain on the right wing. He delivers a good cross that Ashley Westwood has to head over the bar and behind.
11:00: The hosts are coming back into the game and Martin Brittain tries his luck from 30-yards out. The effort dips down and keeper Gavin Ward gets down well to save.
14:00: Good defending by Martin Riley, who hacks the ball away after Marc Williams had brought down Carl Termarco's left wing cross.
17:00: Mark Creighton wins the ball off Wes Baynes, who had juggled the ball to get beyond Lee Baker.
19:00: Russ Penn is brought down from behind by Mike Williams as he tries to break from midfield. He escapes a booking.
20:00: More good play by Martin Riley who nips the ball from Marc Williams' toes after Nathan Fairhurst had tried to thread a pass throuhgh to him 20-yards out from goal.
22:00: Marc Williams shoots wide from close range after a defensive mix-up.
23:00: Good work by Brian Smikle, who wins a corner. This time Martin Brittain's delivery is headed away by Ashley Westwood.
25:00: Goal! Brian Smikle finishes a top quality move with a brilliant finish. Great play by Russ Penn, Keith Lowe and Marttin Brittain frees Matthew Barnes-Homer down the right. He whips in a great cross. The winger knocks the ball beyond Ritchie Da Laet and fires into the foor of the net.
27:00: Harriers are left thanking the woodwork again. This time left winger Nathan Wolfe fires in from a wide position but hits the post.
28:00: The game has really come to life and both sides are looking dangerous. Matthew Barnes-Homer shoots over in the box.
32:00: The goal has really given Harriers some confidence. Their movement and passing is testing Wrexham. A good move ends when Brian Smikle can't quite reach a searching pass by Russ Penn.
35:00: More sexy football by the hosts. Penn passes to Richards, who backheels it to Barnes-Homer. The striker slips it to Penn as he gallops into the box but he's tackled by Mike Williams. Both players needed treatment but the Wrexham players looks to have come off worse.
36:00: Both Russ Penn and Mike Williams return to the action and seem okay.
38:00: Yellow card Martin Brittain pounces on a poor pass by Jefferson Louis but is pulled back by Carl Tremarco, who is booked.
40:00: Substitution The injured Ritchie De Laet is replaced by Neil Taylor.
42:00: The home fans are screaming for a handball after Angelos Tsiaklis seems to handle Keith Lowe's cross. The ball hit him after Justin Richards mis-timed an overhead kick.
45:00: Half time Plus two: Harriers go into the break leading. They have played some neat passing football but have been fortunate that Wrexham haven't scored. Brian Smikle's quality finish is the difference.
45:00: Plus two: Wrexham are unlucky again when Jefferson Louis cuts in from the left but hits the post again! Thankgod for woodwork, eh?
50:00: Justin Richards needs treatment after being fouled. He looks concussed and a little bit lost and comes off to be looked at by physio Pete Dugmore.
51:00: Temporarily down to ten men, Harriers are under pressure.
54:00: Substitution Justin Richards is unable to continue and is replaced by Darryl Knights.
55:00: Good play by Harriers. Brian Smikle powers down the left and passes to Matthew Barnes-Homer but he shoots wide under pressure.
56:00: Wrexham win their first corner of the half. Mike Williams' cross is headed away by Mark Creighton.
58:00: The visiting fans have been in good voice and sing...well like a Welsh choir.
60:00: Yellow card Ashley Westwood is booked for a late challenge on Darryl Knights.
62:00: Lee Baker fouls Nathan Woolfe on the right. Wes Baynes' short free-kick is ran out by Brian Smikle.
62:00: Nathan Woolfe teases Lee Baker but his shot is blocked by Martin Riley.
63:00: Substitution Patrick Suffo comes on for Carl Tremarco.
64:00: Great reaction save by Adam Bartlett. The ball ricocheted around the box and substitute Patrick Suffo fired in a great effort from eight yards out. The ball seemed destined to whiz past the keeper but he instinctively shot out an arm to push the ball behind.
69:00: The game has become an end-to-end affair. Lee Baker wastes a good move when his left wing cross is high and wide.
70:00: More excellent play by the hosts. This time it ends with Darryl Knights shot from the edge of the area deflecting wide off Wes Baynes. From the resulting corner, Wrexham clear.
71:00: Darryl Knights looks on a mission to score. This time he sees a 20-yard effort loop just wide of keeper Gavin Ward's right post.
73:00: After weathering a lot of Wrexham pressure, Harriers are asking the visitor's defence some questions.
75:00: Good play by Russ Penn, who swaps passes with Martin Brittain and squares the ball to a waiting Darryl Knights in the box. Angelo Tsiaklis clears the danger.
77:00: Mark Creighton clears Jefferson Louis' cross behind for a corner, Nathan Woolfe's cross is too long for everyone though and the danger fades.
78:00: Andy Ferrell makes a last-gasp clearance in the box to denie Patrick Suffo. Lee Baker was outmuscled by Nathan Woolfe.
80:00: Nathan Woolfe sees a low 20-yard effort fly a fraction wide of Adam Bartlett's left hand post. Harriers' goal is enjoying a charmed life.
82:00: The home fans jeer when Nathan Woolfe sees a 35-yard effort fly high and wide.
83:00: It takes a great last-ditch sliding challenge by Neil Taylor to deny Brian Smikle as he charges towards the ball.
86:00: Wes Baynes latches onto a loose ball on the right. He fires in a low shot that Adam Bartlett dives down to push behind.
87:00: Substitution Nathan Fairhurst is replaced by Levi Mackin.
88:00: Luke Jones comes on to stiffen Harriers and replaces Martin Brittain.
88:00: A great defensive header by Mark Creighton just denies Jefferson Louis a good chance.
90:00: Harriers need to keep Wrexham out for three minutes of added on time. Both sets of fans bite their nails.
91:00: Lee Baker is a very relieved man after a bad mias by Marc Williams. The left back was too easily beaten by Nathan Woolfe, who delivered a teasing low ball. Williamd just needs to finish from close range but he puts the ball wide.
92:00: Great keeping by Adam Bartlett. He comes out and pounces on Jefferson Louis' square pass with Patrick Suffo waiting to score.
93:00: Final whistle The final whistle blows and Harriers have held on for a win. Mark Yates rushes out to get his players away from the visiting fans, who looked like they may invade the pitch. Thankfully the stewards come out in force.
- 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
- Dean Bennett
- Dean Coleman
- Luke Jones
- Stefan Moore
- Dean Saunders
- Angelos Tsiaklis
- Ashley Westwood
- Carl Tremarco
- Gavin Ward
- Jefferson Louis
- Marc Williams
- Mike Williams
- Nathan Fairhurst
- Nathan Woolfe
- Ritchie De Laet
- Wes Baynes
- Kai Edwards
- Levi Mackin
- Neil Taylor
- Patrick Suffo