Altrincham 3(2) v (0)0 Kidderminster Harriers

Football Conference National - Moss Lane - 2 January 2006

Attendance: 1165

Individual Stats
v Kidderminster
Stuart Coburn 60(2)0000[1]John Danby 50(3)0000
Stephen Aspinall 501220[2]Patrick Flynn 500020
Gary Scott 500000[11/5]Wayne Hatswell 501010
Peter Band 600100[15/4]Mark Jackson 500131
Stephen Rose 500110[21/6]Daryl Burgess 501100
Warren Peyton 61(1)0230[12/8]Terry Fleming 501010
Ged Murphy 500010[37/14]Gareth Sheldon 501000
Steve Bushell 50002(1h)0[30/23]Simon Heslop 501100
Colin Little 73(1)3101[9]Iyseden Christie 61(1)2214
Rod Thornley 611101[10]Lee Thompson 511311
Lewis Chalmers 500110[14/11]Michael Blackwood 701401
Colin Potts 501010[7/12]Laurie Wilson     
Val Owen     [8/15]Simon Russell 61(1)2000
James Robinson 51(1)0010[19/17]Wayne Graves     
Kieran Lugsden 500011[20]Russ Penn     
Patrick McFadden     [28/21]Gavin Hurren     
Team Stats
  Fouls Conceded Offside Corners Shots On Shots off
Altrincham Kidderminster
10Colin Little    
36Rod Thornley    
77Colin Little    
AspinallBand RoseScott
MurphyBushell PeytonChalmers
 Little Thornley 
FlynnJackson BurgessHatswell
SheldonHeslop FlemingBlackwood
 Christie Thompson 
Altrincham Kidderminster
52RobinsonChalmersRobinson to left midfield.63RussellSheldonRussell to right midfield.
61PottsThornleyPotts to right midfield, Murphy to left midfield, Robinson to striker.     
66LugsdenMurphyLugsden to striker, Little to left midfield.     
Altrincham Kidderminster
Aspinall 16 Foul Flynn 9 Foul
Jackson 24 Foul
Thompson 85 Dissent
Referee: Amy Rayner (Leicestershire)
Match Report by St@tto

Harriers gifted the game to their hosts, two goalkeeping errors and some sloppy defending allowed Altrincham to take the points while Harriers huffed and puffed to no avail.

After the disappointing result in the previous game against Burton Martin O'Connor made changes to the team; John Danby came back into the team for the first time since mid-October while Daryl Burgess came in for the suspended Johnny Mullins and Simon Heslop replaced Russ Penn.  Harriers started brightly with Iyseden Christie forcing Stuart Coburn into action in the first couple of minutes only to have been flagged offside.  A free-kick deep on the left was headed back across goal by Christie to Lee Thompson who blazed over the bar; it was all Harriers so far and only seven minutes on the clock.

Altrincham took the lead after ten minutes; awarded a free-kick 25 yards out the ball was knocked short to Warren Peyton, Danby got down well to the shot but was only able to parry it into the path of Colin Little who was left with an easy tap-in.  Harriers could have equalised a few minutes later; Terry Fleming split the home defence open with a great pass for Christie to run on to, he was felled before he could get his shot away by Stephen Aspinall on the edge of the penalty area.  Christie felt that the foul was inside the box but referee Rayner awarded only a free kick which Gareth Sheldon blasted wide.

The second goal was also farcical, and again an error by Danby; Altrincham had played a long ball along the left wing which Danby rushed out to meet and cleared straight at Rod Thornley who was left with an easy shot into the empty net.  Late in the half Altrincham could have made it three; Little's shot was pushed round the post for a corner, from the corner Harriers failed to clear properly and when the ball was played back into the danger area Little headed wide at the far post.

After the break Harriers had most of the possession but rarely looked like breaking down the home defence.  Michael Blackwood caused problems for Altrincham throughout the half, and early cross from the byline found Heslop who fired wide from the edge of the penalty area.  Burgess also went close with a glancing header from Sheldon's right wing cross but like Heslop before him didn't trouble Coburn.

Simon Russell came off the bench for his first game since November and was lively and more committed than most in Harriers shirts; a Blackwood cross from the left was headed back across goal by Christie towards Russell only for Peter Band to clear before he could turn it home.

In the closing stages the home team got themselves back into the game; Peyton made a dangerous run through the heart of the Harriers defence before rolling the ball into the path of Colin Potts who blasted his shot over.  The third, killer, goal came after 77 minutes, Peyton's corner form the left met by the head of Little at the near post.  Harriers did manage to get the ball into the net late on; Blackwood's cross from the left volleyed in by Thompson only for the goal to be ruled out for offside, Thompson then picked up a yellow card for his protests which just about summed up Harriers afternoon.