York City 2(0) v (0)2 Kidderminster Harriers

Football Conference National - Bootham Crescent - 9 April 2006

Attendance: 3376

Individual Stats
v Kidderminster
Chris Porter 50(2)0000[1/13]Daniel Lewis 50(1)0000
Stephen Thomas 50001(h)0[23/7]Jake Sedgemore 602000
Nathan Peat 501410[3/5]Jonny Harkness 500200
James Dudgeon 500100[6/24]Johnny Mullins 500130
David McGurk 500100[5/4]Simon Rea 500110
Manny Panther 500140[8/21]Gavin Hurren 500110
Mark Convery 601120[7/20]Russ Penn 52(1)1420
Neal Bishop 500110[16/8]Terry Fleming 610120
Andy Bishop 62(1w)1320[11/9]Luke Reynolds 612201
Clayton Donaldson 610113[9/23]Jon Newby 71(1)0022
Darren Dunning 51(1)0110[12/11]Michael Blackwood 40001(hp)0
Mark Hotte     [4/10]Lee Thompson 500020
Joe O'Neill 510000[10/14]Gareth Sheldon 500010
Bryan Stewart 500000[18/15]Simon Russell     
Nathan Kamara     [21/18]Michael McGrath     
Arran Reid     [25/1]John Danby     
Team Stats
  Fouls Conceded Offside Corners Shots On Shots off
York Kidderminster
52Andy Bishop Penalty72Terry Fleming 
89Clayton Donaldson 76Luke Reynolds 
ThomasDudgeon McGurkPeat
ConveryN. Bishop  PantherDunning
 A. Bishop  Donaldson 
Sedgemore   Harkness
 Reynolds Newby 
York Kidderminster
75O'NeillDunningO'Neill to left midfield.50 BlackwoodFleming to left central midfield.  Now 5-2-2.
80StewartThomasStewart to right back.83SheldonNewbySheldon to striker.
    83ThompsonReynoldsThompson to striker.
York Kidderminster
Panther 34 Foul Mullins 41 Foul
Penn 54 Foul
Fleming 90 Dissent
Blackwood 50 Foul and Abusive Language
Mullins After Game Foul and Abusive Language
Referee: M. Matadar (Blackburn)
Match Report by St@tto

A last gasp equaliser denied Harriers all three points after a battling performance saw them come from behind to lead with just ten men.

There was a recall for Jonny Harkness in place of the suspended Daryl Burgess as Mark Yates kept faith with the three-central-defender formation that had thwarted Stevenage Borough in their last game.  The tactic looked to have worked again as Harriers kept their hosts at bay during a dour first half and overall had the best chances.

Things may have been different had Nathan Peat's blistering 25-yard drive found the target, but it whizzed just past Danny Lewis' left hand post.  Luke Reynolds had a great chance to put Harriers ahead after 15 minutes, played in on the right he shot wide of the far post.  Jake Sedgemore found his way to goal blocked by a massed home defence after he had been picked out by a searching crossfield pass from Harkness and at the death of the half Russ Penn saw a shot blocked by James Dudgeon.

After the break Harkness picked out Penn with a deep cross from the left but Penn's looping header was weak and Chris Porter was able to hold on to it.  The game sprang to life after 50 minutes; Andy Bishop picked out Stephen Thomas on the right and his cross hit Michael Blackwood and after a massive appeal from the home support behind the goal the referee awarded a penalty.  Blackwood was shown a red card for his protest and then Bishop stepped forward to fire the penalty past Lewis and just under the bar.

Shortly afterwards Jon Newby was denied and equaliser by a tremendous save by Porter, Harkness' free kick from the left was nodded down by Simon Rea to Newby who hit a fierce volley from ten yards out that Porter pushed away for a corner.  Bishop turned provider again finding Darren Dunning in acres of space on the left but his shot was beaten away by Lewis at the near post.

Harriers drew level after 71 minutes; Penn made a surging run through the inside right channel and slipped the ball forward to Newby who turned it square across goal to Reynolds, Porter did well to dive at his feet to block him but the ball ran free to Terry Fleming who turned it into the empty net for his second goal of the season.  Four minutes later Harriers took the lead; Sedgemore's cross from the right picked out Reynolds who guided the ball over Porter with looping header that dropped just under the bar out of the keeper's reach.

It seemed that Harriers would hold on to take all three points despite City throwing everyone forward to try and save the game.  The Harriers defence held out manfully until a minute from time when a low cross into the box from the right was turned goalwards by substitute Joe O'Neill, Lewis could only parry it and Clayton Donaldson was on hand to bundle the ball over the line. In stoppage time Mark Convery's cross found Donaldson who went close with an overhead kick and then with the last kick of the game Donaldson hit the foot of Lewis' right-hand post but the ball bounced away to safety.  After the whistle was blown Harriers' Johnny Mullins was shown the red card in the tunnel for using foul and abusive language towards the referee.