Southport 1(1) v (3)4 Kidderminster Harriers

Football Conference National - Haig Avenue - 28 January 2006

Attendance: 1076

Individual Stats
v Kidderminster
Steve Dickinson 50(5)0000[1]John Danby 60(2)0000
Chris Lane 500000[19/24]Johnny Mullins 500110
Matty McGinn 501110[20/5]Jonny Harkness 71023(1h)0
Earl Davis 600110[6/4]Mark Jackson 710200
Neil Fitzhenry 500120[4/6]Daryl Burgess 600000
Dominic Morley 50101(h)0[10/8]Terry Fleming 601200
Carl Baker 502130[5/15]Simon Russell 811140
Steve Pickford 501000[2/20]Russ Penn 503010
Neil Robinson 610041[8/9]Iyseden Christie 713300
Kevin Leadbetter 51(1)1212[7/18]Francino Francis 74(4)1021
Liam Blakeman 51(1)0500[17/11]Michael Blackwood 61(1)0110
Nick Rogan 500001[9/10]Lee Thompson 500000
Steve Daly 501000[11/12]Laurie Wilson 500000
Michael Powell 500000[16/17]Wayne Graves     
David Brooks     [24/23]Simon Heslop 500000
Jamie Speare     [15/13]Daniel Lewis     
Team Stats
  Fouls Conceded Offside Corners Shots On Shots off
Southport Kidderminster
5Neil Robinson 15Mark Jackson 
   25Jonny Harkness 
   36Iyseden Christie 
   57Simon Russell 
LaneDavis FitzhenryMcGinn
BakerPickford MorleyBlakeman
 Robinson Leadbetter 
MullinsJackson BurgessHarkness
RussellPenn FlemingBlackwood
 Christie Francis 
Southport Kidderminster
64DalyPickfordDaly to striker, Leadbetter to left midfield, Blakeman to right central midfield.81ThompsonChristieThompson to striker.
65RoganRobinsonRogan to striker.87HeslopPennHeslop to right central midfield.
77PowellFitzhenryPowell to left central defender.89WilsonBlackwoodWilson to left midfield.
Southport Kidderminster
Lane 31 Dissent
Fitzhenry 48 Dissent
Referee: Steven Cummins (Runcorn)
Match Report by St@tto

Harriers recorded their best win of the season, and their third in a row in the Conference, as they cruised past bottom club Southport at Haig Avenue.

Mark Yates made one enforced changed from the team that last at Carlisle in midweek, bringing in Francino Francis for his first start in place of the suspended Gareth Sheldon.  Francis gave a good all round performance that had everything but a goal, although he was instrumental in Simon Russell's goal later in the game.  It could have been a great start for Francis who saw his shot saved by Steve Dickinson after being set up by Russell in the first few seconds of the game.  Southport, however, had more luck with their first chance and went ahead after just four minutes; Chris Lane's free-kick from the right found an unmarked Neil Robinson at the far post who headed past the stranded John Danby.

The lead was short-lived, though, as Harriers drew level ten minutes later when captain Mark Jackson headed home from Jonny Harkness' free kick.  Harkness was proving dangerous with his set-pieces again, and scored direct from a free-kick after 25 minutes to put Harriers ahead, his shot curling over the wall into the far corner leaving Dickinson grasping at thin air.  Once ahead Harriers began to take control of the game and looked capable of scoring every time that they attacked.  Terry Fleming did well to win the ball on the left and his low cross to the far post found Iyseden Christie who blasted his shot high and wide.

At the other end Carl Baker headed across the face of goal from Matty McGinn's right wing corner before Harriers went further ahead.  Christie received the ball in the inside-right channel, turned well and hit a low shot past Dickinson from the edge of the penalty area for his 14th goal of the season.  Before the break Francis had another good opportunity, set clear on goal he was denied by a great tackle by Earl Davis.

The home team had the first chance of the second half; McGinn with a free kick from 25 yards that beat the wall but found only the side netting to Danby's left.  Moments later Russell set up Russ Penn with a cross from the right but his header went across the face of goal.  Harriers were soon further ahead; Francis received a pass from the left and broke into the penalty area only to see his shot parried by Dickinson, Russell, however, was on hand to fire the loose ball into the empty net.

There was only one team in the game now and it was only really a question of whether Harriers would add to their score.  The lively Russell and Francis combined again with Dickinson parrying Francis' shot but Michael Blackwood was too slow to react and couldn't reach the ball.  Moving over to the left flank Russell set up Christie with a ball through the inside-left channel but Christie couldn't keep his shot down and just missed the target.  A great long pass out of defence by Daryl Burgess found Blackwood on the left wing who got to the byline before pulling the ball back to Penn who shot wide of the near post.  Southport had one last, late, chance to get back into the game but Baker fired carelessly over the bar form 20 yards when he had time and space to do better.