|Kidderminster Harriers 1(0) v (0)4 Luton Town|
|Football League Division 3 - Aggborough - 8 January 2001|
|Stuart Brock||||Mark Ovendale|
|Ian Clarkson||[12/17]||Emmerson Boyce|
|Scott Stamps||[3/15]||Matthew Taylor|
|Mark Blake||[24/4]||Matthew Spring|
|Craig Hinton||[5/30]||David Bayliss|
|Lee Ayres||[16/5]||Russell Perrett|
|Dean Bennett||[20/35]||Ahmet Brkovic|
|Danny Williams||||Kevin Nicholls|
|Drewe Broughton||[9/19]||Steve Howard|
|Bo Henriksen||[30/34]||Dean Crowe|
|Richie Appleby||[29/28]||Jean-Louis Valois|
|Ian Foster||[10/6]||Marvin Johnson|
|Sam Shilton||[11/7]||Adam Forbes|
|Andy Ducros||[14/27]||Paul Hughes|
|Ian Joy||[25/33]||Ian Hillier|
|Brendan Murphy||[13/16]||Carl Emberson|
|Fouls Conceded||Offside||Corners||Shots On||Shots off|
|50||Danny Wiliams||Hit a 25 yard free kick against the wall and then followed up to hit the rebound against the post and in off the keeper's back.||53||Matthew Taylor||Hit a low cross from the right and Brock somehow spilled it into the net.|
|55||Matthew Spring||Chased a long ball out of defence and hit a speculative long range shot that left the keeper stranded.|
|58||Steve Howard||Followed up to fire in the rebound after Brock had fumbled his initial shot.|
|70||Matthew Spring||A cross from the left was not cleared properly and Spring fired the loose ball low into the bottom corner of the net from the edge of the penalty area.|
|37||Foster||Appleby||Foster to striker, Bennett to right midfield.||46||Hillier||Valois|
|60||Joy||Stamps||Joy to left back.||88||Forbes||Howard||Forbes to striker.|
|88||Hughes||Brkovic||Hughes to right midfield.|
|Hinton 61 Foul||Taylor 45 Dissent|
|Referee: J.Ross (London)|
|Match Report by St@tto|
A nightmare ten minutes for Stuart Brock saw Harriers' five game
winning streak at Aggborough ended by Luton Town.
Despite a couple of enforced team changes due to injury, Harriers began the game in the same fashion as recent matches and more than matched their illustrious guests.
The first half hour was evenly matched and the game ebbed and flowed from end to end. Luton were restricted to only one real chance but Brock made a fine fingertip save to tip Howard's header over the bar, and their much vaunted French midfielder Jean-Louis Valois was shut right out of the game to be replaced at half time. Harriers almost took an early lead when Broughton's header caused panic in the Luton goalmouth but somehow the visitors scrambled the ball clear. Hariers suffered a setback shortly before the interval when the influential Richie Appleby limped out to be replaced by Foster.
After the break the game sprang to life, Harriers were awarded a free kick just outside the penalty area which Danny Williams took. His initial shot hit the wall but when the ball came back to him he drilled it through the crowd of legs, his shot hit the post and rebounded in off the back of Ovendale in the Luton goal. The lead was short-lived, three minutes later Matthew Taylor crossed low from the right and what should have been an easy pick-up for Brock somehow squirmed into the back of the net.
Suddenly The Hatters had their tails up and a long range shot from Matthew Spring deceived Brock and flew into the net. Before Harriers knew what was happening, Luton had a third when Brock spilled Howard's shot and the striker followed up to fire in the loose ball. Harriers were knocked right out of their stride, and it was really no surprise when sloppy defending gave Luton their fourth goal, Spring shooting in from the edge of the penalty area when Harriers failed to clear.
Harriers shored up their defences but it was too late for them to get anything out of the game, and being completely shellshocked they couldn't create anything to cause Luton any problems. The visitors may have deserved to win, but Harriers will know that they were not really three goals worse on their overall performance. Their problem will be how to lift themselves for the next match with more selection problems with the injury to Appleby and Stamps serving a suspension.