Harriers v Eastbourne
- Kick off: 3:00pm Sat 28 Feb 09
- Venue: Aggborough
- Final score:
- Kidderminster Harriers 2 - 0 Eastbourne Borough
93:00: Final whistle It's all over and Harriers are deserved winners. That's the sort of performance that will restore the fans' faith and the players' confidence. It was particularly impressive after Craig Armstrong's sending off early on.
89:00: Neil Jenkins makes a strong down the left but his cross goes out of play.
88:00: Eastbourne are posing no threat and when the ball is cleared to Dan Brown his 30-yard effort is off target.
82:00: After their traumas of the last few weeks, this result is just what Mark Yates and his troops needed. A confidence boosting win, a brace for an in-form striker and a new signing making an accomplished debut. Could it get any better?
81:00: Michael Carr, who bagged a hat-trick in Thursday's Worcestershire Senior Cup win over Stourbridge, is fouled by Neil Jenkins. From Russ Penn's free-kick Matthew Barnes-Homer shoots over.
80:00: Dan Smith produces a good cross but Andy Atkin isn't quick enough to reach it.
76:00: Great composure by Chris McPhee, who calmly wins the ball off Andy Atkin and then skips away from him on the edge of the box.
74:00: Substitution Matt Crabb is replaced by Simon Wormull for Eastbourne.
72:00: The visitors are still plugging away and Pail Armstrong sees a low shot from the edge of the box straight into Adam Bartlett's arms.
70:00: Substitution Mark Yates decides to ring the changes, with a straight swap of Brian Smikle for David McDermott. Martin Brittain is replaced by Michael Carr.
66:00: Marc Pullan puts the ball behind after Matthew Barnes-Homer stole into the box. Martin Brittain's corner is well defended by the visitors.
65:00: Dan Smith cuts inside Martin Brittain but his cross is very long and there's no danger.
62:00: From the second corner Keith Lowe wins a header and David McDermott clears the ball away.
61:00: Adam Bartlett takes no risks when he tips over Dan Smith's cross from the right. From the corner Harriers' can't clear and concede another.
59:00: Substitution Eastbourne make a double change. Ben Austin is replaced by Jay Lovett and Nathan Crabb, brother of Matt, comes on for Matt Smart.
57:00: Yellow card Dan Brown proves he's no angel by fouling Dean Bennett. Martin Brittain goes for goal from the free-kick but keeper Lee Hook takes easily.
53:00: At the moment Harriers look under no threat at all. Eastbourne are trying to use their numerical advantage but so far it's being nullified.
52:00: Chris McPhee is showing his versatility because he's dropped into defence with Martin Riley moving to left-back.
50:00: Russ Penn swaps passes with Matthew Barnes-Homer and as he shoots a sliding block by Neil Jenkins puts the ball out of play.
49:00: Matthew Barnes-Homer chases the ball after it comes off a defender but keeper Lee Hook punches clear.
45:00: Half time Plus three mins: That's the first half over and Harriers' are deservedly ahead. They've made all the running and played some excellent stuff. Eastbourne look lost.
44:00: Adam Bartlett's weak punch falls to Andy Atkin but his chip is over Harriers' bar.
40:00: Harriers have a shot cleared off the line. David McDermott raced onto Chris McPhee's pass and as he was blocked by the keeper, his shot ricocheted off him and rolled towards the goal, but Marc Pullan slid in and hooked it away.
39:00: Substitution Darryl Knights has taken a knock and is replaced by Russ Penn. The little forward is rightly clapped off the pitch.
35:00: Harriers look vulnerable for a moment when the predatory Andy Atkin pounced on Keith Lowe's header and powered into the box, only to shoot side of the post.
35:00: Andy Atkins is off-side as the visitors tried to hit Harriers on the counter-attack.
29:00: Harriers' have the momentum now and are hungry for goals. Eastbourne are more looking like the side who are down to ten men.
26:00: David McDermott is fouled by Dan Smith for a free-kick from the left. Martin Brittain swings it in and hits the bar.
25:00: Goal! Matthew Barnes-Homer doubles Harriers' lead with a great goal. It was all started by Darryl Knights' sublime flick to release David McDermott down the left. He delivered a low teasing ball that the striker took in his stride and rifled past the keeper.
21:00: Goal! Matthew Barnes-Homer shows a poachers' eye with a moment of impudence. The ball came off David McDermott and as Dan Smith slid in, Barnes-Homer nipped in and fired a low shot beyond the keeper.
19:00: Ouch! Darryl Knights gets hit in the face from point-blank range by Neil Jenkins' clearance.
16:00: Fair play to Mark Yates, who has decided to keep three at the back and stay with the attacking line-up. It's a brave decision, so let's hope it pays-off.
15:00: The defender comes off mouthing some ripe language but it's fair sending off. It happened after some good interplay by the hosts. Darryl Knights and Matthew Barnes-Homer swapped passes and it took a good intervention by Ben Austin to block them. Now they're down to ten men Harriers have a mountain to climb.
14:00: Red card Craig Armstrong is off for a heavy challenge from behind on Dan Smith.
11:00: Martin Brittain whips in a cross but Matthew Barnes-Homer is judged to be offside. He wasn't on this occassion.
10:00: Matthew Barnes-Homer powers down the left and although looking offside the flag doesn't go up. He delivers a low cross but Dan Brown beats Darryl Knights to it.
9:00: Harriers are trying to up the tempo. At the moment, McPhee looks happy to pick up untidy ball's in midfield.
7:00: Scrappy so far, with both sides bypassing midfield at the moment.
1:00: The visitors win a corner and at the far post, Dan Brown's header is well-held by Adam Bartlett.
0:00: Eastbourne are in rich vein of form with just one loss in the last six. Lone striker Andy Atkins, who has bagged five in the last three, leads a 4-5-1 formation. Manager Garry Wilson, has Lee Hook in goal, with left-back Neil Jenkins back after a suspension. Darren Baker and Marc Pullan form the central defence and Ben Austin at right-back. The Sports have Paul Armstrong (left), Dan Brown, Matt Smart, Matt Crabb and Dan Smith (right) in midfield.
0:00: Afternoon Harriers faithful and welcome to Shuttle Online's coverage of the Blue Square Premier clash at Aggborough. After damaging back-to-back home losses to Northwich and Cambridge, Harriers desperately need to lift morale and get back on track in the league. Manager Mark Yates has handed a debut to new signing Chris McPhee against his home town side, alongside midfielder Dean Bennett. Andy Ferrell has been dropped to the bench, while Russ Penn gets a place on the bench after recovering from his bruised knee ligaments. after a five-week absence. Top scorer Justin Richards misses the game with a hamstring problem, which means that Harriers' field the unfamilliar partnership of Matthew Barnes-Homer and Darryl Knights up front. With Stefan Moore out with an ankle problem, Harriers' have no strikers on the bench.
- Kidderminster Harriers
- Mark Yates
- Adam Bartlett
- Chris McPhee
- Craig Armstrong
- Darryl Knights
- David McDermott
- Dean Bennett
- Keith Lowe
- Mark Creighton
- Martin Brittain
- Martin Riley
- Matthew Barnes-Homer
- Andy Ferrell
- Brian Smikle
- Luke Jones
- Michael Carr
- Russell Penn
- Eastbourne Borough
- Garrry Wilson
- Andy Atkin
- Ben Austin
- Dan Smith
- Daniel Brown
- Darren Baker
- Lee Hook
- Marc Pullan
- Matt Crabb
- Matt Smart
- Neil Jenkins
- Paul Armstrong
- Jay Lovett
- Michael Jordan
- Nathan Crabb
- Pat Harding
- Simon Wormull