|Bristol Rovers 2(1) v (1)1 Kidderminster Harriers|
|Football League Division 3 - The Memorial Stadium - 1 April 2002|
|Scott Howie 5||0(2)||0||0||0||0||[1/13]||Gary Montgomery 4||0||0||1||1||0|
|Carlos Lopez 5||0||0||0||1||0||[12/6]||Adie Smith 6||0||0||1||1||0|
|Trevor Challis 5||0||0||0||0||0||||Scott Stamps 5||0||0||0||0||0|
|Drew Shore 5||1(1)||1||1||3||0||[27/20]||Dean Bennett 6||1(1)||1||3||0||0|
|Mark Foran 5||1(1)||0||1||3||0||[6/5]||Craig Hinton 5||0||0||1||0||0|
|Che Wilson 5||0||0||0||0||0||[12/26]||Abdou Sall 4||0||0||0||1(1p)||0|
|Wayne Carlisle 6||2(2)||0||0||1||0||[29/10]||Ian Foster 5||0||0||1||1||0|
|Ciaran Toner 5||1(1)||2||1||1||0||[31/8]||Danny Williams 6||0||1||0||1||0|
|James Thomas 5||0||2||3(1p)||1||3||[26/9]||Drewe Broughton 6||2(1)||1||2||1||0|
|James Quinn 6||1||0||0||0||0||[17/30]||Bo Henriksen 5||0||0||2||1||1|
|Mark McKeever 5||1(1)||0||0||2||0||[22/29]||Richie Appleby 6||0||1||0||0||0|
|Mark Walters 5||0||3||1||1||0||[9/11]||Sam Shilton|
|Vitalijs Astafjevs 5||0||1||0||0||0||[15/12]||Ian Clarkson 6||0||0||3||1||0|
|Michael Trought||[24/14]||Andy Ducros|
|Sergio Ommel 6||2(1w)||0||0||1||0||[34/19]||Tony Bird 5||0||0||0||0||0|
|Ryan Clarke||[20/28]||John Danby 7||0(6)||0||0||0||0|
|Fouls Conceded||Offside||Corners||Shots On||Shots off|
|5||James Quinn||Penalty struck to Montgomery's right, just beyond the keeper's dive.||36||Drewe Broughton||Rovers failed to clear a corner from the left, the ball was played back in and deflected off a defender. Appleby did well to prevent it from going out and his pull-back was fired in by Brougton.|
|88||Sergio Ommel||Astafjevs' corner from the left was dropped by Danby when he was fouled by Thomas and Ommel swept the ball in at the far post.|
Bristol: (Blue & White/Blue/Blue)
|20||Walters||Lopez||Walters to right midfield, Carlisle to right back.||8||Clarkson||Henriksen||Clarkson to right back, Smith to right central defender. Now 4-3-2.|
|30||Ommel||Quinn||Ommel to striker.||45+||Danby||Appleby||Danby to goalkeeper, Foster to left midfield, Williams to central midfield, Bennett to right midfield. Now 4-3-1.|
|81||Astafjevs||McKeever||Astafjevs to left midfield.||67||Bird||Broughton||Bird to striker.|
|89||Williams to right midfield, Bennett to left midfield. Now 4-2-1.|
|Sall 4 Professional Foul
Montgomery 45+ Handball
Foster 90 Foul & Abusive Language
|Match Report by St@tto|
Harriers suffered a disappointing defeat at Bristol Rovers after being reduced
to eight men as three were sent off.
Bristol are a very poor side a there position of second from the bottom of the league is deserved. They were given a great start, however, when Abdou Sall tangled with James Thomas as the striker tried to run through on goal. Sall brought the striker down from behind as he entered the penalty area and referee Stretton had no hesitation in sending him off. Quinn took the penalty, sending it to Gary Montgomery's right just beyond the young keepers' dive. Rovers one up, Harriers down to ten men and only four minutes on the clock.
Bo Henriksen was sacrificed as Harriers reshuffled their line-up, taking an edge from the front line but still Harriers matched, and possibly dominated their hosts. Drewe Broughton was the first to test Scott Howie in the home goal while at the other end Montgomery was a spectator as the home team demonstrated some dreadful finishing - Shore, Walters and Thomas all missed good chances.
Eventually Harriers' perserverance paid off, Rovers failed to deal with Richie Appleby's corner and as the ball deflected off a defender and was heading out for another corner Appleby did well to keep it in and pull it back into the goal area where Broughton fired it in from close range. The drama continued as the first half moved into stoppage time, Mongomery's attempted clearance rebounded off a Rovers player and hit him on the arm as he stood outside the penalty area. The linesman felt that it was deliberate and flagged furiously to attract the refereee who promptly sent off the keeper. Young John Danby came on in place of Richie Appleby and his first job was to save Carlisle's free kick.
After the break Harriers had to soak up a lot of pressure, Danby was the busier of the two keepers and saved well from Carlisle, McKeever and Toner. Despite having two extra players, Rovers still didn't look as though the were going to be able to break down the Harriers defence. Harriers' attacking options were now severely restricted but Dean Bennett did manage to force Howie into action and Drewe Broughton missed a glorious chance when he lifted his effort over Howie and the bar.
Rovers gave Harriers another scare when Ommel's powerful shot beat Danby and rebounded of both post and crossbar. Eventually, Rovers' pressure paid off and they grabbed a winner after some poor refereeing by Mr Stretton. The referee was busy looking at the fourth official to signal the amount of stoppage time to be added while Rovers had a corner, with the referee standing with his back to play, Astafjevs took the corner which Danby went up for with Thomas, the striker bundled the keeper out of the way and Ommel fired in the loose ball at the far post. Ian Foster chased after the referee to voice his displeasure and was sent off for comments directed at the official.
The victory assured Rovers of Third Division football next season and made Harriers hopes of a place in the play-offs more distant.