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Torquay v Harriers
- Kick off: 12:00pm Sun 28 Dec 08
- Venue: Plainmoor
- Final score:
- Torquay United 0 - 1 Kidderminster Harriers
94:00: Final whistle Harriers hang on for all three points. It was a brilliant defensive display by the visitors, who really held on doggedly. Torquay were punished for their poor finishing. This is perhaps Harriers' best result of the season so far. Adam Bartlett was also a colosuss for Harriers, who needs Scott Bevan?
94:00: Substitution Matthew Barnes-Homer is replaced by Chris Beardsley.
93:00: What a save! Adam Bartlett dives to his left to push behind Tim Sills corner. Justice has been done.
92:00: Torquay are handed a controversial last-gasp penalty. Even though it looked as though a Torquay player looked as though he handballed in the box.
91:00: Harriers are breached by Elliott Benyon but the young striker could not get a strong contact on the ball and shooys tamely at Adam Bartlett.
89:00: Harriers really have defended well as a team. Matthew Barnes-Homer heads away from another Torquay corner.
88:00: Substitution Defender Luke Jones comes on for striker Justin Richards as Harriers try and shut up shop.
86:00: Torquay are really putting pressure on Harriers, who are defending doggedly. From yet another corner, Nicky Wroe heads over.
84:00: Another fine save by Adam Bartlett. The keeper dives at the feet of Nicky Wroe as he sped into the area to deny the midfielder.
83:00: Matthew Barnes-Homer breaks free and speed pasr Nick Wroe but shoots off target.
81:00: Chaos in Harriers' box after a Torquar corner. The ball whips towards goal but Justin Richards stoops to head away.
80:00: Martin Riley does well to recover and catch up with Elliott Benyon as he sped into the box and put him off.
79:00: Substitution Tyrone Thompson comes on for Dabby Stevens.
78:00: Substitution Brian Smikle replaces Martin Brittain.
74:00: Torquay try to hit back and Adam Bartlett tips over Tim Sills' rising shot.
73:00: Goal! Martin Riley fires Harriers into the lead against the run of play. Martin Brittain's corner hit Mark Creighton and the defender made it two goals in as many games by rifling the shot into the roof of the net. The corner had been won by a good run and cross by Matthew Barnes-Homer.
71:00: The visitors are under pressure but like a mighty oak in s storm refuse to break. Lee Baker disposses Elliott Benyon in the area.
70:00: A great save by Adam Bartlett. Chris Hargreaves put paced Dean Bennett on left side of the box and side foots goalwards. The shot-stopper stretches out a hand to tip it wide.
68:00: Justin Richards cuts in from the right but his curled in shot is easy for Scott Bevan to take.
67:00: Harriers have to defend another Nicky Wroe free-kick on the left. This time Danny Stevens isn't picked up but heads at Adam Bartlett.
66:00: Substitution Striker Elliott Benyon replaces Matt Green for Torquay.
64:00: Dean Bennett fouls Lee Hodges. From Nicky Wroe's free-kick from the left, Tim Sills flicks a header well wide.
63:00: Adam Bartlett gets down well to save Nicky Wroe's low 20-yard effort.
60:00: The game has become stretched. Matthew Barnes-Homer powers down the left and Scott Bevan rushes miles out of his box to block. The striker does well to fend him off and send in a low skidding cross. On the edge of the box Andy Ferrell tries a shot but it's blocked by Kevin Nicholson.
57:00: Yellow card Mark Creighton is booked for a two-footed challenge on Wayne Carlisle. It wasn't malicious by the defender just a bit hot-headed.
56:00: Good point blank save by Adam Bartlett. Tim Sills' cross caused Harriers lots of problems and Mat Green got a touch before Carlisle slid in and fired in a low shot. Harriers' keeper saves their bacon my blocking the ball.
55:00: Harriers are struggling to get out of their own half. Sills passes to Wayne Carlisle but he is blocked by Mark Creighton 20-yards out.
53:00: Adam Bartlett saves comfortably from Tim Sills' header.
51:00: Mark Creighton does well to head away in the box after Wayne Carlisle stole behind him.
50:00: Harriers have a corner to defend. Lee Baker gets a heads to it but it comes off Steve Woods for a goal-kick.
47:00: Harriers have reshuffled slighlty. Penn is is central midfield, with Ferrell on the left.
46:00: Harriers are under pressure from the start and Nicky Wroe sees a fine effort from the edge of the box flash a fraction over the bar.
46:00: So, what can Harriers do to get back into the game? If Penn was moved to cental midfield he could break free from there, with Andy Ferrell doing the defensive donkey work on the left. What do you think?
46:00: Half time Plus two: Harriers survive a very tricky first half and go into the break on level terms. They've done well to keep it to 0-0. Now Mark Yates but change things around to try and pep up his side's attack.
45:00: Marttin Brittain sends in the set-piece but Nicky Wroe heads the ball away.
45:00: Good persistance by Russ Penn, who wins the ball off Wayne Carlisle twice on the left wing before being fouled. Harriers have a free-kick.
43:00: Russ Penn launches a counter-attack and plays Matthew Barnes-Homer down the left. He passes back to the supporting Lee Baker, whose cross caught by keeper Scott Bevan.
37:00: Let off for Harriers. An unmarked Wayne Carlisle heads over the bar from Kevin Nicholson's left wing cross.
33:00: Harriers are still offering little going forward. Lee Baker's pass isn't read by Justin Richards or Russ Penn and goes out of play. At the moment, Harriers don't look very well balanced.
32:00: Matt Green powers into the box, turns past Martin Riley but shoots at keeper Adam Bartlett. It's another stroke of luck for Harriers.
30:00: Wayne Carlisle's free-kick isn't properly cleared by hesistant Harriers and it falls to Nicky Wroe on the edge of the box, who blasts it over the bar.
26:00: Justin Richards battles with Lee Hodges on the edge of the box and ends up committing a foul. At the moment, Harriers' strikers haven't had much service and are being well-marshalled by Torquay's back four.
25:00: Harriers' well-drilled defence is starting to keep Torquay at bay. As a result Danny Stevens shins a 20-yarder over the bar.
24:00: Mark Creighton's pass back to is chased down by the pacey Mat Green but Adam Bartlett is alert and kicks the ball down the pitch.
23:00: Torquay put some pressure on Harriers. Nicky Wroe's attempted long range shot is very high and no danger.
19:00: Good block by Keith Lowe, who deflects Danny Stevens' shot behind for a corner after being set up by Tim Sills.
18:00: Lee Baker has Harriers' first shot of the game. A Rising 30-yard effort that gives Scott Bevan no trouble.
14:00: For the first time in the match, Harriers string some passes together. Bennett slips the ball to Martin Brittain on the right. His cross is blocked and Keith Lowe sends in a deep ball that falls for Scott Bevan.
12:00: It looks as though Russ Penn is actually playing on the left of Harriers' midfield. At the moment, none of the team can keep hold of the ball.
11:00: Martin Brittain concedes a corner off Danny Stevens. His delivery is cleared away by Andy Ferrell at the near post.
9:00: Torquay have started at a fast pace and Nicky Wroe sees a long range volley deflected wide for a corner.
8:00: Harriers earn a free-kick from 30-yards out. Martin Brittain tries a shot that skims past Scott Bevan's right hand post.
6:00: Harriers are under the cosh and Adam Bartlett gets a hand to Tim Sills' shot from the edge of the area. Lee Mansell tries to follow-up but Martin Riley slides in to block him well.
5:00: Danny Stevens tries his luck from distance but his low 20-yard shot is well read by keeper Adam Bartlett. Who gets behind it.
3:00: Bad news for Harriers fans - Cambridge have gone 1-0 up against Stevenage.
2:00: Justin Richards tries to get past Lee Hodges but his touch is too heavy and the danger passes.
1:00: Harriers have a scare from kick-off. Matt Green races past Martin Riley to latch onto Tim Sills' pass but shoots well wide from 15-yards out.
0:00: Harriers need goals and Brian Smikle has been a handy provider for them this season, is it a risk to drop him to the bench?
0:00: Harriers need to end a poor festive period on a high and at least a point at one of their promotion rivals would really give them a lift. This has the potential to be a cracker if both teams get into their attacking groove.
0:00: A win today would take Harriers above Torquay, who are currently third place in the Blue Square Premier. However, defeat would see them replaced by Cambridge in the play-off spots if they beat Stevenage at home and they overcome Harriers' slightly superior two-goal goal difference.
0:00: Former Harriers keeper Scott Bevan celeberates signing an 18 month deal with the Gulls by starting against his old side. Manager Paul Buckle has partnered Matt Green with top scorer Tim Sills up front. Torquay's back four is Kevin Nicholson (right back), Steve Woods, Lee Hodges and right back Lee Mansell. In midfield Danny Stevens is expected to start on the left, with Wayne Carlisle on the right. Nicky Wroe and Chris Hargreaves are in central midfield.
0:00: Hello Harriers fans! Welcome to Shuttle Online's live match coverage of Harriers v Torquay at Plainmoor. Mark Yates has made two changes to the side which drew at home to Forest Green on Boxing Day. Mark Creighton replaces Luke Jones, who is dropped to the bench. Brian Smikle is dropped to the bench for Russ Penn. It means that Andy Ferrell will be on the left wing with a central midfield partnership of Dean Bennett and Penn, with Martin Brittain on the right. Justin Richards and Matthew Barnes-Homer lead the line for Harriers.
- Torquay United
- Chris Hargreaves
- Danny Stevens
- Kevin Nicholson
- Lee Hodges
- Lee Mansell
- Matthew Green
- Nicky Wroe
- Scott Bevan
- Steve Woods
- Tim Sills
- Wayne Carlisle
- Chris Robertson
- Elliot Benyon
- Michael Brough
- Steve Adams
- Tyrone Thompson
- Kidderminster Harriers
- Mark Yates
- Adam Bartlett
- Andy Ferrell
- Dean Bennett
- Justin Richards
- Keith Lowe
- Lee Baker
- Mark Creighton
- Martin Brittain
- Martin Riley
- Matthew Barnes-Homer
- Russell Penn
- Brian Smikle
- Chris Beardsley
- Dean Coleman
- Luke Jones
- Stefan Moore