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Harriers v Northwich
- Kick off: 7:00am Sun 15 Feb 09
- Venue: Aggborough
- Final score:
- Kidderminster Harriers 1 - 2 Northwich Victoria
95:00: Final whistle It's all over and Harriers have suffered a terrible result. They did not deserve to get anything from a match that they were second best in for most of it. This result really hits the play-off hopes very hard.
93:00: Substitution Lee Steele comes on for Dean McDonald.
91:00: Keith Lowe directs a header wide from just inside the box.
90:00: Harriers have four minutes of time to salvage something from this game.
87:00: Harriers are trying to pass the ball into the goal when they should be playing with more urgency. Matthew Barnes-Homer is off side as he tries to reach a threaded pass.
85:00: This is a terrible result if Harriers can't turn it around. Keith Lowe concedes a corner after a good run by Dean Lodge. The away side play it short but put the ball out of play.
84:00: Harriers do not look capable of grabbing a point. Craig Armstrong's cross is easily taken by the keeper.
83:00: Adam Bartlett tips over Lee Elam's cross from the right.
82:00: Substitution Stefan Moore replaces Andy Ferrell.
81:00: Goal! Harriers fall behind to Dean McDonald. Harriers' defencestood still as Matty Crowell's free-kick fell to the diminutive forward in the box. He turns and lashes a low shot beyond Adam Bartlett from 15-yards out.
80:00: Harriers have a corner to defend after Lee Elam torments Keith Lowe. Simon Grand rises at the far post but the ball comes off a Harriers player.
79:00: Matthew Barnes-Homer squirts the ball to Brian Smikle in the box but he's a fraction offside.
78:00: Martin Brittain whips in a good free-kick from the right that is missed by Keith Lowe and Mark Creighton. It was a decent chance.
77:00: Substitution Dean Lodge replaces Jamie Mullan for NV.
75:00: Harriers are plugging away but aren't creating much quality play. Craig Armstrong wastes a decent opportunity with a poor cross from the left.
74:00: Jamie Stevens heads Martin Brittain's excellent cross away with Matthew Barnes-Homer and Brian Smikle lurking.
73:00: Matthew Barnes-Homer races onto Andy Ferrell's through ball but shoots across goal under pressure from Steve Robinson.
72:00: Brian Smikle loops a header just wide from Martin Brittain's cross.
69:00: Substitution Darryl Knights is replaced by Brian Smikle.
68:00: Big miss by Justin Richards. Matthew Barnes-Homer had done really well, racing past Simon Grand on the right. The long-legged defender won the ball in the box but the striker got it back and squared it to Richards, who from the edge of the sox-yard box skies it over the bar. Richards' striker is completely shot.
67:00: Justin Richards was just off side. That looked close.
67:00: Darryl Knights exchanges passes with Matthew Barnes-Homer but the final ball is too long and the danger goes.
65:00: Craig Armstrong puts the ball behind for a NV corner after a break by Jamie Mullan.
64:00: Substitution Mark Yates has had enough and takes on Michael Carr for Dean Bennett in a straight swap.
62:00: Justin Richards sets Martin Brittain down the right. He delivers a perfect cross for Richards at the far post but Steve Robinson heads behind.
61:00: Darryl Knights continues to frustrate. He slips forward but with both Matthew Barnes-Homer and Justin Richards to find, he fudges it and tries to squeeze a pass forward to no one and the danger fades.
59:00: Harriers are keeping the ball but so far have not found a way through the away defence.
55:00: Justin Richards misses a difficult chance. Darryl Knights swings in the ball from the right and the striker dives at the far post to reach it. He heads wide of an open goal.
55:00: Harriers crank up the pressure. Matthew Barnes-Homer races down the right and shoots from an acute angle to force a save from Clarke and win a corner.
54:00: From the set-piece Harriers apply real pressure but Mark Creighton heads away and Martin Brittain shoots over.
54:00: Yellow card Justin Richards is fouled by Steve Robinson.
53:00: Northwich have a goal ruled out for offside. Craig Armstrong's clearances his a visiting player and cannons back to goal. Damien Reeves steals in and shoots but the linesman's flag is up.
51:00: Matthew Barnes-Homer races down the left and sends in a cross which Steve Robinson knocks towards his own goal but keeper Ryan Clarke is there to take it.
48:00: Darryl Knights dribbles forward and tries a long range effort which flies safely wide.
46:00: No changes for Harriers, Mark Yates is giving his side a chance to atone for their first half sins.
45:00: Half time Plus two: Half-time and Harriers' players go into the dressing room no doubt expecting a stiff talking to by the manager. Mark Yates needs to get more from this side.
44:00: Someone in the home side needs to take this game by the scruff of its neck. Justin Richards could be the man and does well to power down the right but he loses the ball to Simon Grand.
42:00: A let off for Harriers when Dean McDonald hits the bar after a lightning NV break. The ball bounces down and Harriers clear. Very lucky.
41:00: Martin Brittain tries to curl in a shot that clips the wall.
40:00: Andy Ferrell is brought down on edge of box by Steve Robinson for a free-kick in a decent position.
39:00: Keith Lowe is being terrorised by Jamie Mullan, who cuts in and sees a good effort deflect off him for a corner. Harriers defend the set-piece well but this is a disappointing performance so far.
36:00: Harriers look vulnerable on the counter-attack. After Mullan saw a low cross cleared by Jones he wins the ball off Martin Brittain on edge of area. Luckily, Mark Creighton slides in to win the ball.
35:00: Craig Armstrong delivers an inviting cross from the left that just needs some contact to nestle in the back of the net but it missed by everyone.
34:00: It's clear the the away side are pretty good going forward but disastrous at the back. Harriers have to make their pressure tell. From NV corner Matt Bailey heads just off target.
31:00: The hosts react by forcing three corners in a row. But they can't force the ball over the line.
30:00: Goal! Damien Reeves slots home from close range to level the scores. It's hard to blame Adam Bartlett after he made two good saves. First he blocked Joel Byram's 25-yard good effort. Dean McDonald fired in a good follow-up that the shot-stopper does well to parry. The home defence failed to react and Reeves finishes coolly.
26:00: Keith Lowe is forced to back track by the slight but pacey Jamie Mullan. He sees his low shot from the edge of the area take a slight deflection but Adam Bartlett makes a routine save.
23:00: Hopefully Andy Ferrell's silly booking doesn't come back to haunt the hosts. After getting the early goal they haven't pushed on and the game remains a scrappy even affair. Justin Richards is offside after latching onto Darryl Knights' pass.
22:00: Andy Ferrell's good ball forward sparks a Harriers counter-attack. The forward speeds down the right but when he enters the area he goes a little wide and decides to play it wide to Keith Lowe, whose cross can't find Matthew Barnes-Homer in the box. A chance wasted.
21:00: Harriers have their first corner to defend. It's cleared away.
20:00: The away side have their first chance when Simon Grand directs a header on target but Adam Bartlett makes a comfortable save.
19:00: Yellow card Reckless tackle by Andy Ferrell, who ploughs into Jamie Stevens by the touchline and leaves him stunned on the floor.
18:00: On his debut Michael Carr is getting stuck in. A firm challenge wins the ball off Matty Crowell.
17:00: Luke Jones clears a cross from Joel Byrom with Damien Reeves lurking.
12:00: Harriers need to score by five clear goals, so their early one gives them a great chance to push on. The visitors concede a corner but Martin Brittain's delivery doesn't beat the first man and the ball is cleared away.
11:00: Northwhich look jittery and there's a mix-up between Matt Bailey and Ryan Clarke, before the keeper boots the ball away.
10:00: Darryl Knights past Simon Grand and squares the ball but a Northich defender clears.
9:00: Goal! They can! Matthew Barnes-Homer slots the ball beyond the keeper after Matt Bailey gave the ball away to Darryl Knights.
8:00: On paper this should be a routine win over the division's bottom side but Northwich have not lost to Harriers in the last five meetings. Can they end the hoodoo?
7:00: Justin Richards powers down the right, holds up Steve Robinson and fires in a low shot that keeper Ryan Clarke smothers.
4:00: The pitch has cut up a lot and there's some sand in the centrecircle. So far it's scrappy but Harriers are trying to press.
1:00: Darryl Knights latches onto a neat chest down by Matthew Barnes-Homer but he shoots off target.
0:00: Northwich boss Steve King has Ryan Clarke in goal, Jamie Stevens at right-back, centrebacks Steve Robinson andf Matt Bailey, while Simon Grand on the left. In midfield, the infamous Lee Elam is on the right wing, Joel Byram is on the left while Matty Crowell plays in the centre. Dean McDonald, Damien Reeves and Jamie Mullen are the visitor's three-pronged strike force.
0:00: MIDFIELDER Carr makes his debut for Harriers against his former side in this Blue Square Premier clash at Aggborough. Manager Mark Yates makes four changes to the side which exited the FA Trophy at the hands of York on Wednesday night. In comes Darryl Knights, Luke Jones and Craig Armstrong (left-back). Martin Riley is away on England C Duty, while David McDermott, Dean Bennett and Lee Baker have been dropped to the bench.
- Kidderminster Harriers
- Mark Yates
- Adam Bartlett
- Andy Ferrell
- Craig Armstrong
- Darryl Knights
- Justin Richards
- Keith Lowe
- Luke Jones
- Mark Creighton
- Martin Brittain
- Matthew Barnes-Homer
- Michael Carr
- Brian Smikle
- David McDermott
- Dean Bennett
- Lee Baker
- Stefan Moore
- Northwich Victoria
- Damien Reeves
- Dean McDonald
- Jamie Mullan
- Jamie Stevens
- Joel Byrom
- Lee Elam
- Matt Bailey
- Matt Crowell
- Ryan Clarke
- Simon Grand
- Steve Robinson
- Darryn Stamp
- Dean Lodge
- Jay Conroy
- Lee Steele
- Michael Aspin