|Rushden & Diamonds 0(0) v (0)2 Kidderminster Harriers|
|Football League Division 3 - Nene Park - 13 April 2002|
|Billy Turley 5||0(2)||0||0||0||0||||Stuart Brock 7||0(4)||0||0||0||0|
|Tarkan Mustafa 5||0||0||0||1||0||[2/6]||Adie Smith 6||0||1||1||2||0|
|Paul Underwood 6||0||0||1||1||0||[3/25]||Ian Joy 6||0||0||1||0||0|
|Stewart Wardley 5||1(1)||0||0||0||0||[29/20]||Dean Bennett 6||0||0||0||2||0|
|Mark Peters 5||0||0||3||2||0||||Craig Hinton 6||0||0||2||0||0|
|Andy Tillson 5||1(1)||0||1||0||0||[36/26]||Abdou Sall 6||0||1||1||1||0|
|Paul Hall 5||0||1||0||3||0||[20/27]||Colin Larkin 6||1(1)||1||1||0||0|
|Gary Mills 6||0||2||2||0||0||[15/8]||Danny Williams 6||0||0||0||2||0|
|Brett Angell 6||2(1,1w)||0||0||0||1||[12/10]||Ian Foster 6||0||3||1||1||0|
|Onandi Lowe 5||1(w)||1||0||1||1||[31/30]||Bo Henriksen 6||1||0||2||2||0|
|Andy Burgess 5||1(1)||0||3||1||0||[11/29]||Richie Appleby 8||2(1)||1||2||1||0|
|Garry Butterworth||[7/11]||Sam Shilton|
|Jon Brady 5||0||0||0||0||0||[8/12]||Ian Clarkson|
|Scott Partridge 5||0||0||1||2||0||[9/14]||Andy Ducros|
|Gary Setchell||[17/19]||Tony Bird|
|Tony Pennock||[16/28]||John Danby|
|Fouls Conceded||Offside||Corners||Shots On||Shots off|
|52||Richie Appleby||A dreadful back-pass by Wardley went straight to Appleby who calmly took the ball round Turley before stroking it into the empty net.|
|76||Bo Henriksen||Williams' pass set Bennett free on the right and his low pass into the penalty area cut out Turley and left Henriksen with an easy tap-in.|
Rushden: (White & Blue/Blue/White)
|64||Partridge||Angell||Partridge to striker|
|76||Brady||Burgess||Brady to left midfield.|
|Tillson 78 Foul|
|Match Report by St@tto|
Harriers completed their third double of the season with an excellent victory over
Rushden, putting the hosts' play-off celebrations on hold.
An entertaining game from the start saw both sides set out with attacking intentions, the hosts creating the best chances in the first half although Harriers probably played the best football. Stuart Brock saved well from former Walsall striker Brett Angell, and later made an even better save from a flicked shot by Andy Tillson which took a nasty deflection. At the other end Billy Turley had a quiet half, Harriers' closest effort was an early free kick from Richie Appleby that curled narrowly wide.
Early in the second half Rushden shot themselves in the foot and gifted Harriers the opening goal. A Harriers attack was broken down and as the players headed back towards half-way, Stuart Wardley turned to play the ball back to Turley but instead played it straight to Richie Appleby who was slow coming back, he turned and calmly took the ball round Turley and stroked it into the empty net.
Rushden almost struck back immediately, a pass from Onandi Lowe found Angell whose powerful shot struck the crossbar and Wardley followed up hoping to make ammends but Brock saved well and the danger was cleared. The woodwork came to Harriers' rescue again later on when a glancing header from Lowe beat Brock but came back off the post.
Harriers created more chances in the second half, Appleby almost doubled the lead but shot straight at Turley. Danny Williams split the home defence wide open with 15 minutes remaining and set Dean Bennett free on the right, as Turley came out to meet him he passed the ball square to Bo Henriksen who was left with an easy tap in.
As the home team pushed forwards in an attempt to rescue something from the game they left large spaces at the back for the speedy Harriers forwards to exploit. Twice Ian Foster broke free on the right but pulled his shots narrowly wide of the far post. Colin Larkin also found himself clear in a one-on-one situation with Turley but miscued allowing the keeper an easy save.
Results elsewhere meant that Harriers hopes of reaching the play-offs were ended, but this well deserved victory ensured a top-ten finish - an improvement of at least six places on last season.