Oxford v Harriers
- Kick off: 7:30pm Tue 25 Nov 08
- Venue: The Kassam Stadium
- Final score:
- Oxford United 1 - 0 Kidderminster Harriers
94:00: Final whistle That's it, it's all over. In the end Harriers could not find a way through Oxford's defence despite having all of the posession.
93:00: David McDermott cuts in from the left and fires in a low angled drive that Billy Turley can only parry. Matt Day clears the ball.
90:00: Harriers have four minutes of added time to find a goal.They are still pouring forward in search of one.
88:00: Yellow card Andy Ferrell is booked for a foul on James Clarke.
85:00: Harriers are hogging all the play and swarming around Oxford in search for a leveller. Martin Brittain's cross isn't cleared and it falls to Russ Penn on the bench. His shot is blocked bravely by Eddie Hutchinson.
82:00: Substitution Jamie Guy comes on for Oxford hitman Yemi Odubade.
80:00: Yemi Odubade has a one-on-one with the keeper but shoots at Adam Bartlett.
79:00: More good play by Harriers when David MrDermott cuts in from the left wing and passes to Stefan Moore. The forward's pass comes off Phil Trainer and falls to Martin Brittain but his cross is cleared.
77:00: It's still all Harriers in the second half. Andy Ferrell drives forward and tries a low 30-yard effort. It's not bad from the tenacious Geordie but it's off target.
76:00: Martin Riley is impeded by Phil Trainer in Oxford's half. Russ Penn delivers a good free-kick but Eddie Hutchinson does well to head it away.
74:00: Substitution Lewis Haldane is replaced by Phil Trainer for Oxford.
71:00: Nice build up play by Harriers. The ball comes to Russ Penn 30-yards out and he tries a rising effort that sails just over the bar.
67:00: Substitution David McDermott replaces Darryl Knights. The former Walsall almost makes an immediate impact bursting into the box but his shot is a little heavy and runs behind.
63:00: Billy Turley pounces on the loose ball as Darryl Knights goes for it. Harriers are seeing a lot of the posession but their final ball isn't good enough.
60:00: Martin Brittain is seeing a lot of the ball but has yet to conjure up his usual magic. He sees a cross easily caught by the keeper.
60:00: Harriers are now asking all the questions of Oxford's defence. Darryl Knights drives to edge of the box but his weak shot is easy for Billy Turley to collect.
56:00: Substitution Brian Smikle comes off for Matthew Barnes-Homer. Harriers now have a three-pronged strike force.
54:00: Harriers are all at sea when Odubade's cross isn't dealt with properly by Martin Riley and it falls to Lewis Haldane. His shot is blocked by Mark Creighton.
53:00: Good run by Stefan Moore down the left but his cross hits the post.
51:00: Harriers are having a lot of posession but look vulnerable on the counter attack. Yemi Odubade powers down the right and delivers a low cross that Lewis Haldane clips wide.
49:00: Brian Smikle is denied by keeper Billy Turley. Matt Day failed to cut out Darryl Knights' cross and the ball fell to Stefan Moore. The striker delivers a good cross and Smikle bullets a header goalwards but the keeper gets a hand to the rising effort.
46:00: Mark Creighton compains to the referee that James Constable went down too easily on the right wing under pressure. If he's not careful he'll could be sent off. Harriers concede a free-kick but clear the danger.
45:00: Half time Plus two mins: Harriers survive a scare. Yemi Odubade left Martin Riley for dead down the left and drove into the box. Lee Baker does really well to slide in and snuff the danger.The whistle for half-time goes and Harriers have some work to do.
44:00: Brian Smikle, who has probably been Harriers' best player. Latches onto a stray pass by James Constable. He races down the left but with no options given by Stefan Moore eventually runs into James Clarke.
42:00: Great challenge by a back-pedalling Matt Day to deny Brian Smikle a shooting chance. He had raced onto Darryl Knights' lofted pass and burst into the box but the Oxford man slid in and won a clean challenge.
40:00: Harriers are by no means out of this game. They need to concentrate improving their final ball. Martin Brittain swings in a free-kick from the right. It hits Keith Lowe in the box.
37:00: Martin Brittain's right wing cross forces James Clarke to head behind for a Harriers corner. It's taken short to Andy Ferrell but his ball into the box is headed out.
35:00: James Constable lets Harriers off the hook when he heads wide after a good break by Adam Murray down the left wing.
34:00: The referee is in danger of losing control of this game. Stefan Moore seems to have elbowed Chris Carruthers but somehow escapes a booking.
32:00: Russ Penn is fouled on edge of area by a late Matt Day challenge. From the free-kick Andy Ferrell's shot is charged down.
31:00: Darryl Knights is desperately unlucky not to level the scores. He races onto Brian Smikle's clever through ball, which was left by Stefan Moore. He fires in a shot that hits the left post.
28:00: Yellow card James Constable and Martin Brittain square up. The Harriers winger was fouled and retaliated by tackling the striker from behind. The Harriers man is booked.
25:00: Goal! James Constable gives keeper Adam Bartlett no chance when he blasts the spot-kick into the top left hand corner.
24:00: Yellow card Mark Creighton is booked for a foul.
23:00: Harriers concede a contentious penalty. James Constable bursts between Mark Creighton and Martin Riley and goes down in the box. The referee didn't look like she was going to give it but the assistant waves that it was a foul in the box.
21:00: Harriers concedes a free-kick. James Clarke sents it in deep but Eddie Hutchinson heads wide.
19:00: Mark Creighton clears Lewis Haldane's low left wing cross after Keith Lowe uncharacteristically gave the ball away. So far Oxford aren't hurting the visitors.
17:00: Mark Creighton stretches out a long leg to cut uot Adam Murray's slide rule pass to release James Constable. Harriers just need to get hold of the ball at the moment.
14:00: Harriers have an absolutely huge pitch to play on, which should give their wideman plenty of chances to provide the ammunition. For the first time in the game, Martin Brittain gets free down the right and delivers a dipping cross, which is just too high for Stefan Moore as he charges into the box.
13:00: Adam Bartlett is called into action when James Clarke tries a low shot from the edge of the area. It's an easy save for the keeper.
12:00: The flag goes up for offside when the roadrunner like Yemi Odubade bombs past Martin Riley on the left wing. Meep! Meep!
11:00: A win tonight will lift Harriers one place to third, so this is an important clash for Mark Yates' troops. At the moment, Oxford have looked the more threatening.
9:00: Lewis Haldane tries his luck from 25-yards out after Yemi Odubade launches an Oxford counter-attack down the right. The effort sails o over Adam Bartlett's bar.
8:00: Oxford have another free-kick on the left after Martin Riley is judged to have brought down Yemi Odubade, who speeds past him. Eddie Hutchinson's delivery is headed away by Russell Penn.
6:00: Martin Brittain is out muscled by Lewis Haldane in Harriers' left corner and pulls down the winger. Referee Amy Rayner blows for a free-kick. Chris Carruthers delivers a low ball but Stefan Moore hacks the ball away.
4:00: Harriers win their first corner of game. Martin Brittain whips the ball in but Eddie Hutchinson heads away.
0:00: Oxford gaffer Darren Patterson fields the strike partnership of James Constable and Yemi Odubade. Goalkeeper Billy Turley has recovered from a neck problem to play. James Clarke is at left back, Chris Carruthers right back, with Luke Foster and Matt Day central defenders. In midfield, Oxford have Lewis Haldane on the left, Sam Deering prowling the right wing, Eddie Hutchinson and Adam Murray in the central positions. Leicestershire's Amy Rayner is the referee for today's game.
0:00: Welcome Harriers fans to Shuttle Online's live match coverage at the Kassam Stadium. It's very chilly in Oxford, so pull up a chair and let your humble reporter keep you informed of how Harriers fair against Darren Patterson's side. Manager Mark Yates has made the bold move to drop Matthew Barnes-Homer to the bench. Instead he partners Stefan Moore and Darryl Knights up front. This is the second time the duo have started together in the 3-2 Setanta Shield loss at Burton Albion. Otherwise there are no changes to the side that edged Wrexham on Saturday. This means that Adam Bartlett's in goal, Lee Baker (left-back), Mark Creighton, Martin Riley and Keith Lowe (right back) make up the back four. Brian Smikle is on the left wing, Martin Brittain the right, with Russ Penn and Andy Ferrell in central midfield.
- Oxford United
- Darren Patterson
- Adam Murray
- Billy Turley
- Chris Carruthers
- Eddie Hutchinson
- James Clarke
- James Constable
- Lewis Haldane
- Luke Foster
- Matt Day
- Sam Deering
- Yemi Odubade
- Ben Hinchliffe
- Chris Willmott
- Jamie Guy
- Joe Burnell
- Phil Trainer
- Kidderminster Harriers
- Mark Yates
- Adam Bartlett
- Andy Ferrell
- Brian Smikle
- Darryl Knights
- Keith Lowe
- Lee Baker
- Mark Creighton
- Martin Brittain
- Martin Riley
- Russell Penn
- Stefan Moore
- David McDermott
- Dean Coleman
- Luke Jones
- Matthew Barnes-Homer
- Michael Bowler