|Plymouth Argyle 2(0) v (1)1 Kidderminster Harriers|
|Football League Division 3 - Home Park - 23 February 2002|
|Romain Larrieu 5||0||0||0||0||0||||Stuart Brock 7||0(6)||0||0||0||0|
|Dave Worrell 6||0||0||0||0||0||[2/12]||Ian Clarkson 5||0||1||1||0||0|
|Jon Beswetherick 5||0||0||0||0||0||||Scott Stamps 5||0||0||1||3(1p(h))||0|
|David Friio 5||0||0||1||0||0||[4/6]||Adie Smith 5||0||0||0||0||0|
|Paul Wotton 6||1||1||1||0||0||[15/5]||Craig Hinton 7||0||0||1||3||0|
|Graham Coughlan 6||1||0||1||2||0||[5/26]||Abdou Sall 5||0||0||2||1||0|
|Martin Phillips 5||0||1||0||0||0||[11/20]||Dean Bennett 5||0||0||2||3||0|
|Steve Adams 5||2(1)||0||2||2||0||[12/19]||Tony Bird 6||0||0||1||0||1|
|Mickey Evans 7||1(1)||1||3||2||0||||Drewe Broughton 6||1||1||1||2||1|
|Ian Stonebridge 6||2(2)||0||2||1||1||||Ian Foster 6||0||0||0||1||0|
|Lee Hodges 6||1(1)||0||0||0||0||[14/17]||Ben Davies 6||0||0||1||3||0|
|Marino Keith 5||1(1)||0||4||2||0||[19/11]||Sam Shilton|
|Blair Sturrock 5||0||0||0||0||0||[21/16]||Lee Ayres|
|Joe Broad||[22/25]||Ian Joy|
|Neil Heaney 5||0||1||0||2||0||[25/27]||Colin Larkin 5||0||0||1||0||0|
|Luke McCormick||[23/28]||John Danby|
|Fouls Conceded||Offside||Corners||Shots On||Shots off|
|66||Graham Coughlan||Powerful close range header from Beswetherick's right-wing corner.||33||Drewe Broughton||Smith set Foster free on the left and his cross was met by the head of Broughton who directed the ball past the dive of Larrieu.|
|81||Paul Wotton||Penalty hit straight down the centre with Brock diving to his left.|
|65||Sturrock||Phillips||Sturrock to right midfield.||63||Larkin||Davies||Larkin to right midfield, Bird to left midfield.|
|65||Heaney||Hodges||Heaney to left midfield.|
|65||Keith||Stonebridge||Keith to striker|
|Stamps 79 Foul|
|Match Report by St@tto|
Harriers slipped to their third straight defeat thanks to a controversial
late penalty at leaders Plymouth.
Kick-off was delayed for 90 minutes because of a power failure at the stadium and the gates were locked with hundreds of supporters still outside. The problem was sorted with minutes to spare before the referee called the game off and the game started with the home side immediately on the attack.
The Pilgrims won a string of corners in the first few minutes but Harriers weathered the storm. Harriers had to soak up a lot of pressure in the first half with Stuart Brock called on to save from Lee Hodges and Mickey Evans. Against the run of play Harriers took the lead, Adie Smith won the ball and fed it out to Ian Foster on the left and his cross was headed beyond the reach of Larrieu in the home goal. Before the half was over Brock was in action again making a fine double save from Adams and then Stonebridge.
After the break Harriers had to soak up more pressure, but the defence stood firm to frustrate their hosts. On 65 minutes Paul Sturrock, The Pilgrims' manager, made a triple substitution which quickly changed the game. Within a minute they had forced a corner on the right, Beswetherick delivered a wicked ball into the danger area and Coughlan headed powerfully past Brock. The home fans were soon screaming for a penalty when Evans and Sall clashed in the penalty area but the referee waved play on. A penalty was awarded nine minutes from the end, however, Heaney's deep cross from the left found Blair Sturrock who struck the ball against Scott Stamps from a couple of feet away and this time the referee reacted to the crowds' shouts and pointed to the spot. Paul Wotton stepped up to take the kick and blasted it straight down the middle giving Brock no chance.
Once the home side were level, Harriers were sunk as their weakened team offered little in attack and it was really no surprise when Plymouth scored their second goal, albeit controversialy. Hopefully, Harriers will have some more options when they face Shrewsbury in their next match which will allow them to capitalise on their solid defending and build on any lead they may acquire.