|Luton Town 1(1) v (0)0 Kidderminster Harriers|
|Football League Division 3 - Kenilworth Road - !6 March 2002|
|Mark Ovendale 5||0||0||0||0||0||||Stuart Brock 5||0(2)||0||0||1(h)||0|
|David Bayliss 5||0||0||0||1||0||[30/12]||Ian Clarkson 5||0||0||0||1||0|
|Alan Nielson 5||0||0||1||0||0||[43/25]||Ian Joy 5||0||0||2||2||0|
|Kevin Nicholls 5||0||0||4||3||0||[8/6]||Adie Smith 6||0||0||0||5||0|
|Russell Perrett 5||0||0||0||2||0||||Craig Hinton 5||0||0||3||0||0|
|Chris Coyne 6||0||1||1||1||0||[12/26]||Abdou Sall 5||0||0||2||0||0|
|Paul Hughes 5||1||1||0||3||0||[27/19]||Tony Bird 6||0||1||1||2||0|
|Matthew Spring 6||1(1)||0||3||4||1||[4/8]||Danny Williams 6||0||0||2||0||0|
|Steve Howard 7||3(2,1w)||0||2||4||5||[19/9]||Drewe Broughton 5||0||0||3||3||1|
|Dean Crowe 5||0||1||0||0||2||[34/10]||Ian Foster 5||0||0||0||0||0|
|Matthew Taylor 5||0||1||2||0||0||[15/30]||Bo Henriksen 5||0||1||6||2||0|
|Adrian Forbes 5||0||1||1||1||0||[7/11]||Sam Shilton|
|Andrew Fotiadis||[14/16]||Lee Ayres|
|Emmerson Boyce 5||0||0||1||0||0||||Ben Davies|
|Jean-Louis Valois||[28/27]||Colin Larkin 5||0||0||0||0||0|
|Scott Ward||[24/28]||John Danby 6||0||0||0||0||0|
|Fouls Conceded||Offside||Corners||Shots On||Shots off|
|16||Paul Hughes||Matthew Spring played a square ball from the left across the face of the penalty area to Howard who smashed a shot from the edge of the area past the dive of Brock.|
|80||Forbes||Crowe||Forbes to striker.||66||Danby||Clarkson||Danby to goalkeeper, Smith to right back, Bird to right midfield, Henriksen to left central midfield, Williams to right central midfield, Foster to left midfield. Now 4-4-1|
|80||Boyce||Nielson||Boyce to right back, Bayliss to left back.||80||Larkin||Foster||Larkin to striker, Henriksen to left midfield, Williams to central midfield. Now 4-3-2.|
|Hughes 3 Foul
Nielson 74 Dissent
Hughes 93 Dissent
|Hughes 93 Persistent Misconduct||Joy 83 Foul||Brock 65 Handball|
|Referee: G.Hegley (Bishop's Stortford)|
|Match Report by St@tto|
Stuart Brock was controversially sent-off as Harriers slipped to defeat on their
first visit to Kenilworth Road.
Victory for Luton ensured that they are guaranteed at least a play-off spot while Harriers face a tough challenge if they are to make the play-offs themselves. The visitors had to weather an early storm from their hosts, Craig Hinton was flattened by a challenge from Paul Hughes after just three minutes, and the Luton player was shown a yellow card. Stuart Brock had to be alert soon after when a dangerous cross from the left caused the Harriers defence problems but he punched clear.
Gradually Harriers got themselves into the game, but their five-man midfield didn't really create much offensively. Luton took the lead after quarter of an hour when Spring's pass gave Hughes a clear sight of goal and his blistering shot gave Brock no chance. Harriers only shot at goal in the first half came from Bo Henriksen but he curled his shot just too high and wide.
Throughout the game many of the tackles had been strong and caused tempers to fray. At the end of the half a fracas broke out on the pitch with players from both sides squaring up to each other and this continued in the tunnel as they left the field.
After the break Harriers had to soak up more pressure, but the defence stood firm and The Hatters only really came close when Steve Howard turned Alan Nielson's cross against the bar. Harriers were reduced to ten men after 65 minutes, Stuart Brock raced out of his area to intercept a through ball which appeared to strike him in the chest. The home supporters howled their protests that he had handled and referee Hegley stunned the Harriers by showing the red card to their keeper.
18 year-old youth team keeper John Danby was thrown on for his first team debut in place of Ian Clarkson as Harriers reshuffled and faced a baptism of fire. Fortunately for the youngster he was standing in front of the Harriers support and received no abuse. The rest of the Harriers defence protected him well and he only had to save once, stopping a shot from Howard at the foot of his right-hand post.
The drama was not over, however, as in stoppage time Hughes was shown a second yellow card after he kicked the ball away and was sent-off levelling the teams at ten-a-side.