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Harriers v Cambridge
- Kick off: 7:45am Tue 17 Feb 09
- Venue: Aggborough
- Final score:
- Kidderminster Harriers 1 - 3 Cambridge United
94:00: Final whistle It's over and Harriers are well beaten. They simply could not match Cambridge's livelier, slicker midfield.
91:00: David McDermott raced down the right to the byline and shot into the side netting. That's the most ambitious Harriers have been all game.
87:00: Harriers survive a scare when Wayne Hatswell and Chris Holroyd miss an inviting cross.
85:00: Scott Rendell blasts into the side netting after Harriers are carved open by Jais Reason and Chris Holroyd.
83:00: Justin Richards powers down the right and tries to lift a far too clever for itself pass over two Cambridge players. Unfortunately, another visiting man clears the danger. What a waste!
78:00: Us keeper Danny Potter spills Keith Lowes' cross under pressure from Justin Richards but recovers to snuff out the threat.
77:00: Andy Ferrell sends in a free-kick. Luke Jones' header at the far ppst is well read by the keeper.
73:00: Chris Holroyd shoots over after Andy Ferrell's attempted clearance fell to him. The striker raced onto it but blazed over.
70:00: From a short corner United's Daryl McMahon drags a low shot wide.
69:00: Dean Bennett wins the ball in midfield but the move breaks down when David McDermott's crossfield pass goes out of play.
67:00: Keith Lowe sends in a cross from the right that Lukes Jones heads forward. The ball hits Scott Rendell but Danny Potter takes the ball.
66:00: Substitution The attack-minded Lee Baker comes on for Craig Armstrong. The youngster will give Harriers more width down the left.
65:00: Darryl Knights has a free-kick from 25-yards out his low effort hits the wall.
63:00: Substitution Harriers' double substitution. Darryl Knights for Brian Smikle and David McDermott for Martin Brittain.
62:00: Daryl McMahon races down the left and wins a corner off Keith Lowe. Harriers defend okay.
61:00: Mark Yates has Darryl Knights and David McDermott pulling on their shirts in readiness...
60:00: Harriers need an almight effort but that goal has quietened everyone. Matthew Barnes-Homer races onto a long ball but shoots in the wrong direction.
56:00: Goal! Harriers find themselves two goals behind again. Jai Reason delivers a cross from the right that the Us striker steals in and heads beyond Bartlett at the far post.
53:00: From a deep free-kick, Dean Bennett's header falls to Chris Holroyd in Harriers' box. He hooks a shot over the bar.
50:00: Brian Smikle gets into the box but keeper Danny Potter makes a good clearance.
49:00: Cambridge have made a strong start. No worries yet for Harriers.
47:00: Great stop by Adam Bartlett. There was a deep cross from the left that Scott Rendell comes to meet at the far post. He gets his header on target but Harriers' shot-stopped has read the situation well and makes a good block.
46:00: Okay - this is it. Mark Yates will have had a chance to regroup his troops and ensure they raise their game in the second half. Fingers crossed, Harriers fans!
45:00: Half time Plus two: Harriers go in with hope at least of getting something from a game that at one staged that looked like slipping away from them. They need to be a lot sharper all over the pith but there's a still hope of a fight back.
45:00: Harriers defend well but can't hit the visitors on the counter-attack.
44:00: Good defending by Brittain, who tracks back and blocks Daryl McMahon's shot for a Cambridge corner.
41:00: The set-piece is well defended by Cambridge but Harriers keep the pressure on. Crosses by Andy Ferrell also cause problems but the referee blows for a foul and the visitors can get the ball away.
40:00: What a difference a goal makes. Martin Brittain is barged over by Paul Carden for a free-kick on the right. Brittain's delivery comes off Phil Bolland for a corner.
39:00: Just one note. That was Harriers' first shot on target. It could be the most important goal of the season so far if it inspires a fight back.
38:00: Goal! Matthew Barnes-Homer hands Harriers a lifeline. Brian Smikle races onto a ball in the area, passes to Andy Ferrell. He holds off a defender and slips it to the striker, rifles it into the back of the net. The fight back is on!
35:00: Scott Rendell is just offside as he races into the box to latch onto Mark Beesley's clever pass.
34:00: The away fans are cruelling taunting the shell-shocked home fans with 'you're going nowhere'. Can Harriers find an appropriate reply on the pitch to silence them?
32:00: Harriers are second best to every ball at the moment. To highlight this, Andy Ferrell is out-muscled by large Jai Reason.
30:00: Goal! Chris Holroyd makes it 2-0 for the visitors. Rendell had forced a smart reaction save from Adam Bartlett in the box but Holroyd hooked home the rebound into an empty net. This is turning into a disastrous night for Harriers.
29:00: Keith Lowe's poor pass to Martin Brittain is pounced on by Chris Holroyd. He drives to the edge of the box but screws his effort very wide.
24:00: What can the manager do to get his side back into the game? They've got the firepower but they look low on confidence and cohesion. Cambridge in contrast look very lively.
23:00: Harriers very disjointed in the midfield. At the moment they can't get the ball to the forwards.
20:00: Goal! Scott Rendell slips the ball into the bottom right corner from a penalty. The forward had charged down Adam Bartlett's clearance. He raced into the box and went down just inside from the merest of touches from Keith Lowe. Harriers can count themselves slightly unlucky.
15:00: Harriers are being a lot more direct than the visitors, who have seen a lot of the ball. They win a corner and from Paul Carden's ball Wayne Hatswell heads over.
14:00: Justin Richards breaks free in the box but Paul Carden clears the danger when the ball bobbles in the area.
13:00: Adam Bartlett stretches after Daryl McMahon tries an ambitious 25-yard volley. Luckily for the keeper it's a fraction over the bar.
12:00: Matthew Barnes-Homer is easily loses the ball to Paul Carden, who drives to the edge of the box and sees a shot blocked by Craig Armstrong.
10:00: Matthew Barnes-Homer raches onto Justin Richards' deft flicked header from a goal-kick. He speeds down the right but instead of finding his strike partner, who made a supporting run, he tries to go it alone and is blocked by a gaggle of away defenders.
8:00: Brave play by Brian Smikle who tries an overhead kick as the keeper goes in for a low cross, it was worth a go.
5:00: Harriers are being pushed back because Cambridge have started well. They win a free-kick of the right wing but Daryl McMahon's ball is headed away by Luke Jones.
4:00: Harriers have a corner to defend and from Daryl McMahon's ball, Phil Bolland arrives late and header over the bar.
1:00: Matthew Barnes-Homer chases a long ball forward but keeper Danny Potter rushes out of his area to clear.
0:00: Great atmosphere at the start as both sets of fans makes a lot of noise for the television cameras.
0:00: Us gaffer Gary Brabin has Danny Potter in goal and a back four of Dan Gleeson (right), Phil Bolland, Wayne Hatswell and Antony Tonkin (left). The three midfielders are Daryl McMahon, Paul Carden and Jai Reason, making his debut after joining on-loan from Ipswich. Cambridge have the triple threat of Mark Beasley, Scott Rendell and Chris Holroyd up front.
0:00: Evening Harriers fans! Welcome to the Blue Square Premier clash between Harriers and Cambridge. Manager Mark Yates makes two changes from the side that lost to Northwich. Michael Carr is dropped to the bench and replaced by Dean Bennett in central midfield. Brian Smikle is restored on the left wing because Darryl Knights sits on the bench. Luke Jones stays in central defence because Martin Riley is playing for England C against Malta under-21s tonight.
- Kidderminster Harriers
- Mark Yates
- Adam Bartlett
- Andy Ferrell
- Brian Smikle
- Craig Armstrong
- Dean Bennett
- Justin Richards
- Keith Lowe
- Luke Jones
- Mark Creighton
- Martin Brittain
- Matthew Barnes-Homer
- Darryl Knights
- David McDermott
- Lee Baker
- Michael Carr
- Stefan Moore
- Cambridge United
- Gary Brabin
- Anthony Tonkin
- Chris Holroyd
- Daniel Gleeson
- Danny Potter
- Daryl McMahon
- Jai Reason
- Mark Beesley
- Paul Carden
- Phil Boland
- Scott Rendell
- Wayne Hatswell
- Courtney Pitt
- Jon Challinor
- Josh Coulson
- Robbie Willmott
- Rory McAuley