|Kidderminster Harriers 2(1) v (0)0 Southend United|
|Football League Division 3 - Aggborough - 30 March 202|
|Gary Montgomery 6||0(1)||0||0||0||0||[13/23]||Daniel Gay 6||0(5)||0||0||0||0|
|Adie Smith 7||0||0||0||1||1||[6/4]||Stephen Broad 5||0||0||2||0||0|
|Scott Stamps 6||0||1||1||1||0||||Damon Searle 5||0||0||1||0||0|
|Dean Bennett 6||0||2||1||0||0||[20/12]||Ian Selley 5||0||1||3||3||0|
|Craig Hinton 6||0||0||0||1||0||[5/16]||Leon Cort 5||0||1||1||1||0|
|Abdou Sall 6||0||0||1||2||0||[26/15]||David McSweeney 5||0||0||0||0||0|
|Ian Foster 7||3(2)||3||0||0||0||[10/29]||Steven Clark 5||1(1)||1||1||1||1|
|Danny Williams 6||0||0||4||2||0||||Kevin Maher 5||0||2||0||3||0|
|Drewe Broughton 6||2(2)||2||2||3||2||[9/24]||Rob Newman 5||0||0||1||1||0|
|Bo Henriksen 6||1||1||0||1||0||[30/7]||Stuart Thurgood 5||0||1||2||1||0|
|Richie Appleby 6||1(1)||0||0||2||0||[29/6]||Leon Johnson 5||0||0||2||0||0|
|Sam Shilton 5||0||0||0||0||0||[11/5]||Phil Whelan 5||0||0||1||0||0|
|Andy Ducros||||Anthony Clark 5||0||0||0||0||0|
|Tony Bird 6||0||1||1||1||0||[19/22]||Daniel Kerrigan 5||0||0||0||0||0|
|Ian Joy||||Marek Szmid|
|John Danby||[28/1]||Darryl Flahaven|
|Fouls Conceded||Offside||Corners||Shots On||Shots off|
|37||Bo Henriksen||Appleby's left-wing free-kick was headed down by Broughton causing confusion in the Southend penalty area allowing Henriksen to hook the ball in from close range.|
|77||Ian Foster||Sall brought the ball out of defence with a long run to the edge of the penalty area before passing to Foster on the left. His shot was saved but he reacted quickest to lob the ball back over Gay.|
|46||Bird||Henriksen||Bird to striker.||59||Whelan||Newman||Whelan to striker.|
|74||Shilton||Appleby||Shilton to left midfield, Williams to left central midfield, Bennett to right central midfield, Bird to right midfield. Now 4-4-2.||78||A.Clark||S.Clark||A.Clark to left central midfield, Selley to right midfield, Cort to striker, McSweeney to central defender. Now 3-4-3.|
|87||Kerrigan||Johnson||Kerrigan to left midfield.|
|Stamps 11 Foul
Broughton 25 Foul
|Maher 38 Foul|
|Referee: H.Webb (Rotherham)|
|Match Report by St@tto|
Ian Britton began his stint as Harriers manager with a deserved victory over
injury-hit Southend at Aggborough.
Victory was vital for Harriers if they were to remain in the hunt for a place in the play-offs, and the three points gained moved them up to eighth just four points off the pace.
The opening period was a scrappy affair, but Harriers had the best of it. The Shrimpers offered nothing in attack, lining up with defenders in both attacking positions as all of their recognised strikers were unavailable through injury. Richie Appleby almost opened the scoring in the opening minutes with a sharply struck shot that Daniel Gay in the visitors' goal did well to push round the post for a corner. Drewe Broughton headed over and Bo Henriksen headed wide when it seemed easier for him to score. At the other end Gary Montgomery making his debut in the Harriers goal was rarely troubled and didn't have a save to make in the first half, Leon Cort headed over and makeshift striker Stuart Thurgood fired a shot well over the bar.
Harriers' opening goal came shortly before the interval. Richie Appleby floated a free-kick into the Southend penalty area, Drewe Broughton's header caused confusion in the goalmouth and Bo Henriksen had an easy tap in for his seventh goal of the season.
That was to be the Dane's last contribution as he was replaced in the Harriers attack by Tony Bird. The game didn't really improve very much in the opening stages of the half, but Harriers remained on top. Bird almost doubled the advantage when Danny Williams' pass set him clear on goal but his lob over the advancing keeper was hit a little too strongly and sailed over the bar. The Shrimpers eventually managed a shot on target, but Montgomery had an easy save from Steven Clark's tamely hit strike. Drewe Broughton should have done better when he met Bird's cross with a scissors kick but the volley was dealt with easily by Gay.
Ian Foster became the first Harrier to reach ten goals for the season when a great run from the back by giant Senegalese defender Abdou Sall ended with a pass which left him a clear sight of goal. Foster's first shot was saved by Gay but the striker reacted quickest and lobbed the rebound in. As the game ran down, Harriers began to create more chances.: Foster had another shot saved, as did Broughton, while Dean Bennett twice missed the target. Maher missed with a header from close range as Southend tried to get themselves back into the game, but Harriers stood firm for a well deserved victory.