Kidderminster Harriers 1(1) v (0)0 Cambridge United

Football Conference National - Aggborough - 17 April 2006

Attendance: 1665

Individual Stats
v Cambridge
Daniel Lewis 70(3)0000[13]Scott Howie 50(2)0000
Jake Sedgemore 600000[7/31]Gavin Heeroo 500200
Jonny Harkness 601000[5/26]Danny Bunce 600100
Daryl Burgess 600010[6/21]Michael Morrison 501000
Simon Rea 600000[4/5]Mark Peters 51(1)0100
Gavin Hurren 500010[21/23]Simon Wolleaston 501330
Russ Penn 600110[20/12]Jon Brady 50011(h)0
Lee Thompson 601101[10/28]Richie Hanlon 51(1)001(h)0
Luke Reynolds 61(1)1023[9/10]Jamie Guy 502001
Gareth Sheldon 600011[14/30]Craig Westcarr 502101
Terry Fleming 51(1)0230[8/29]Courtney Pitt 51112(1h)0
Michael McGrath 500010[18/8]David Bridges 501000
Ashley Walker     [22/9]Fola Onibuje 501000
Jon Newby 500002[23/16]Darren Quinton     
Tom Byrne     [25/18]Stephen Smith     
John Danby     [1/27]Jamie Waite     
Team Stats
  Fouls Conceded Offside Corners Shots On Shots off
Kidderminster Cambridge
13Mark PetersOwn Goal   
Sedgemore   Harkness
 Penn Fleming 
HeerooMorrison PetersBunce
BradyHanlon WolleastonPitt
 Guy Westcarr 
Kidderminster Cambridge
66NewbyThompsonNewby to striker, Sedgemore to right midfield, Sheldon to left midfield, Hurren to right back, Harkness to left back, Rea to left central defender.  Now 4-4-2.59BridgesHanlonBridges to right central midfield.
90+McGrathReynoldsMcGrath to striker.59OnibujeHeerooOnibuje to striker, Peters to central defender, Bunce to left central defender.  Now 3-4-3.
Kidderminster Cambridge
Penn 39 Foul   
Referee: Ian Smedley (Derbyshire)
Match Report by St@tto

An own goal from Mark Peters was enough for Harriers to win a scrappy game and guarantee Conference football at Aggborough for another season.

Harriers maintained their hoodoo over Cambridge who have still not beaten them since a Southern League match in September 1959.  There was a welcome return from suspension for Daryl Burgess while Gareth Sheldon and Lee Thompson came in to the starting line-up at the expense of Michael McGrath and Jon Newby with Ashley Walker also dropping down to the bench.

The changes looked to have done the trick as Harriers started brightly and things could have been different had Luke Reynolds not blazed over the bar in the first fifteen seconds, bursting through the defence on the Harriers' right.  Jonny Harkness' corner from the right set Harriers on the way to victory with Mark Peters heading into his own net past the stranded Scott Howie.  United almost drew level straight away as confusion in the Harriers defence, Burgess and Simon Rea left a through ball for Dan Lewis who was slow coming out and Craig Westcarr poked his shot narrowly past the post.

The game died a death as a spectacle from then on and there was little in the way of good football or goalmouth excitement for the rest of the half although a strong breeze didn't help matters.  After the break the game continued in similar fashion;  Cambridge had the lion's share of the possession although they didn't really trouble Lewis.

Just after the hour Michael Morrison tried his luck from 30 yards out and saw his shot curl away from Lewis' left-hand post.  Ten minutes later Lewis managed to grab the ball at the second attempt ahead of Robert Wolleaston after Westcarr had crossed low from the right.  Fifteen minutes from the end Harriers managed their first shot on target, ex-United man Terry Fleming won the ball in midfield and hit a 25-yard drive that Howie held onto.

In the closing stages Cambridge pressed hard for an equaliser, throwing on an extra striker and changing formation to 3-4-3; they went close to drawing level on a couple of occasions.  A free kick from the left caused Lewis to flap and Sheldon had to clear off the line, the ball ran to Jamie Guy who fired into the side netting.  At the other end a Harkness corner from the left begged to be put away as it flew just ahead of three Harriers heads.  United had the last chance to score, Fola Onibuje received a pass through the inside-right channel, appeared to handle, and shot wide across the face of goal.