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Harriers v Forest Green
- Kick off: 10:00am Fri 26 Dec 08
- Venue: Aggborough
- Final score:
- Kidderminster Harriers 1 - 1 Forest Green Rovers
94:00: Final whistle Harriers win a corner but don't get a chance to play it because of the final whistle. Despite late pressure, a draw seemed right.
91:00: Harriers force a corner what Luke Jones heads on. Justin Richards hooks a tough effort over the bar.
89:00: Forest Green hitman Andy Mangan is replaced by Les Afful
88:00: Darryl Knights scuffs the ball wide after a good low pass by David McDermott.
86:00: Harriers are all over FGR now. David McDermott picks up the ball 25-yards out and fires in a long range effort that Terry Burton tips over.
85:00: Substitution Harriers are going for it now. Darryl Knights replaces Lee Baker. That's four strikers on the pitch for the hosts.
83:00: Stefan Moore shoots across goal. Andy Ferrell did well to lay the ball off to the forward under pressure.
82:00: Jonathan Smith screws a 25-yard volley wide.
80:00: Substitution Alex Lawless is replaced by Kaid Mohammed for FGR.
76:00: Substitution Stefan Moore replaces Martin Brittain. Harriers have now three strikers on the pitch.
74:00: Mark Yates has Stefan Moore primed and ready to come on. Meanwhile, Dean Bennett fouls Jonathan Smith on right near area. Curtis McDonald's free-kick went wide.
71:00: Interesting decision to take off Smikle, when Martin Brittain is already booked. What do you think?
70:00: Great run by Dean Bennett but his first touch puts the ball out of play for a goal-kick.
69:00: Substitution Brian Smikle is replaced by David McDermott.
67:00: A poor finish by Curtis McDonald doesn't do a nice FGR move justice. Simon Clist slips the ball to the winger on the left side of the box but his shot is screwed off target.
63:00: Harriers have a little bit of luck when Andy Mangan is ruled offside when he actually ran past Martin Riley towards goal.
62:00: Nice play by the hosts. Martin Brittain whips in a low left right wing cross that the keeper beats Justin Richards to.
59:00: Yellow card Martin Brittain is booked for kicking the ball away in frustration when a free-kick decision goes the way of Forest Green.
56:00: Matthew Barnes-Homer holds up the ball in the box and slips it to Andy Ferrell, who side foots a low shot at the keeper. Good effort and a sign that Harriers are getting into the game.
54:00: Matthew Barnes-Homer rode a challenge on the left wing and powered into the box but shot wide.
52:00: Harriers are opened up by Simon Clist's slide-rule pass to Andy Mangan, who shoots across goal.
48:00: Forest Green start brightly again. Adam Bartlett dives on a loose ball from a cross from Alex Lawless' cross.
47:00: Half time It's half-time!
46:00: Keith Lowe heads behind when Adam Bartlett misses another Fowler delivery from the right.
45:00: Goal! Harriers hit back immediately. Matthew Barnes-Homer sees a shot blocked in the box from the kicvk-off. From a corner, the visitors failed to clear and defender Martin Riley slips shot beyond the keeper from eight yards out. Great response by Harriers.
43:00: Goal! Harriers' keeper gives the visitors the advantage. From Lee Fowler's corner, Adam Bartlett got under the ball at the far post and waves it into the back of the net.
42:00: Martin Riley blocks Andy Mangan and FGR get a free-kick. Curtis McDonald's excellent shot is blocked by a diving Adam Bartlett.
41:00: Great work by Matthew Barnes-Homer, who wins the ball off Mark Preece and Simon Clist in the area. The striker's shot is blocked by Terry Burton's legs.
39:00: Brian Smikle chases Justin Richards' pass but the keeper rushes out to block.
38:00: Harriers have a spell of pressure but can't break down well-disciplined Forest Green. Martin Brittain's cross is headed away by Mark Preece.
37:00: Justin Richards wastes a decent chance. Good work by Andy Ferrell and Matthew Barnes-Homer to release him down the left. The striker powers into the box, bamboozles Paul Stonehouse and shoots across goal.
36:00: Matthew Barnes-Homer drives towards and right and squares to the supporting Martin Brittain. The winger's first touch takes it away from him but he chases the ball down and delivers a left wing cross that is just too high for Justin Richards.
35:00: The second corner doesn't beat the first man and Harriers clear.
34:00: Lee Baker runs back to beat Paul Stonehouse to a long pass. From Lee Fowler's corner, Adam Bartlett misses it and FGR have another set-piece.
31:00: There's a subdued under current around Aggborough. Even Mark Yates has been pretty quiet.
30:00: The crowd cheers for a goal but the ball hits the post. From a Martin Brittain free-kick Luke Jones and Matthew Barnes-Homer get touches and Lee Baker's stooping header looks destined for the back of the net. Unfortunately, it hits the woodwork.
26:00: Brian Smikle gets free in FGR's area and plays the ball to Justin Richards on the right wing. His cross is too high and long.
25:00: FGR look lively in the penalty area and Simon Clist gets on the ball. He slips it to Paul Stonehouse, whose low driven cross is blocked.
24:00: The hosts are content to try and stretch the away side with long balls. Martin Brittain's long ball is chased by Matthew Barnes-Homer but the keeper reaches it.
20:00: Justin Richards is fouled by Darren Jones after he chases Andy Ferrell's long pass. Martin Brittain is on the left and hits a peach that looks as though it might creep in. Keeper Terry Burton jumps out to block.
18:00: Harriers have lost their way in midfield, which is allowing FGR to put some pressure on them.
16:00: Harriers are opened up again. This time Jonathan Smith latches onto Andy Mangan's square ball on edge of box. He drives in and has a free-scoring chance but runs over the ball. Luke Jones leads a gaggle of defenders to snuff out the danger.
14:00: Just as I was falling asleep, Forest Green carve out a good chance to score. Paul Stonehouse delivered a cross from the left that Andy Mangan hits over the bar.
13:00: Matthew Barnes-Homer runs the length of the pitch to block Jerry Gill's attempted long punt. Good attitude by the forward. It's a rare moment of spark in a dull clash.
11:00: Harriers are looking a bit jittery at the moment. There's no pattern to the game. The visitors force a corner. From Lee Fowler's corner, Mark Preece directs a header just wide at the far post.
9:00: Harriers are looking a little light on penetration at the moment. There's too many stray passes.
7:00: Brian Smikle, making his 50th Harriers start, forces a corner. Martin Brittain's delivery is hanging but Darren Jones heads it away.
5:00: Harriers are being pushed back by Forest Green, who win a corner. It's cleared by Harriers.
4:00: Forest Green have a small spell of possession and Lee Fowler tries a long range effort that dips wide of the post.
4:00: It's a lively start by both sides. Justin Richards gets hacked down by Darren Jones in the centre circle.
0:00: Harriers will be eager to bounce back from the loss at Crawley. They've won eight home games in a row and will be expecting to make it nine here.
0:00: Forest Green have ten goal forward Andy Mangan up front, with Simon Clist playing behind in the hole. Terry Burton is in goal with a back four of Paul Stonehouse, Darren Jones, Mark Preece and Jerry Gill on the right. In midfield they have Alex Lawless on the right of midfield, Jonathan Smith and Lee Fowler in central positions and Curtis McDonald on the left wing.
0:00: Hello Harriers fans! It's a very chilly but bright Boxing Day at Aggborough. Mark Yates makes several changes from the side that lost at Crawley. Luke Jones starts for the suspended Mark Creighton, while Dean Bennett comes in for Russ Penn, who has five yellow cards. Andy Ferrell is back in central midfield and skipper for the day. Lee Baker is restored at left-back after recovering from his knee injury.
- Kidderminster Harriers
- Mark Yates
- Adam Bartlett
- Andy Ferrell
- Brian Smikle
- Dean Bennett
- Justin Richards
- Keith Lowe
- Lee Baker
- Luke Jones
- Martin Brittain
- Martin Riley
- Matthew Barnes-Homer
- Chris Beardsley
- Darryl Knights
- David McDermott
- Dean Coleman
- Stefan Moore
- Forest Green Rovers
- Jim Harvey
- Alex Lawless
- Andy Mangan
- Curtis McDonald
- Darren Jones
- Jerry Gill
- Jonathan Smith
- Lee Fowler
- Mark Preece
- Paul Stonehouse
- Simon Clist
- Terry Burton
- Adriano Rigoglioso
- Kaid Mohammed
- Lee Ayres
- Les Afful
- Ryan Robinson