Kidderminster Harriers 1(1) v (0)0 Hayes & Yeading United

Football Conference National - Aggborough - 8 August 2009

Attendance: 1471

Individual Stats
v Hayes
Dean Coleman 700(3)000[1]Simon Overland 600(4)000
Liam Dolman 500010[15/7]James Mulley 500300
Lee Baker 601200[3]Adam Green 500000
Martin Riley 601100[6/5]Matt Ruby 500100
Gavin Caines 600310[5/4]Tom Cadmore 500110
Dean Bennett 600220[8]Marc Canham 500000
David McDermott 610000[11/2]Danny Allen-Page 501020
Darryl Knights 51(1)1111[10/6]Ram Marwa 50113(1h)0
Chris McPhee 62(1)1110[7/9]Robert Gradwell 52(2)3142
Matt Barnes-Homer 62(1)3012[9/15]Justin Cochrane 51(1)0120
Brian Smikle 601022[14/11]Dale Binns 501100
Duane Courtney 500000[2/10]Scott Fitzgerald 500000
John Finnigan 51(1)0000[4/14]Sami El-Abd     
Kyle Hadley 500100[16/17]Esmond James 501000
Tom Sharpe     [17/19]Toby Little     
Jasbir Singh     [12/21]Delroy Preddie     
Team Stats
  Fouls Conceded Offside Corners Shots On Shots off
Kidderminster Hayes
35Matt Barnes-Homer    
DolmanRiley CainesBaker
McDermott   Smikle
 McPhee Barnes-Homer 
MulleyRuby CadmoreGreen
Kidderminster Hayes
66HadleyKnightsHadley to right midfield, McDermott to left central midfield, Bennett to right central midfield.  Now 4-4-2.58FitzgeraldCanhamFitzgerald to striker, Marwa to left central midfield, Cochrane to right central midfield.  Now 4-4-2.
67CourtneyDolmanCourtney to right back.80JamesRubyJames to right wing, Binns to left central midfield, Cochrane to central midfield, Marwa to right central midfield, Allen-Page to right central defender, Cadmore to central defender, Green to left central defender, Mulley to left wing.  Now 3-3-4.
87FinniganBennettFinnigan to right central midfield.    
Kidderminster Hayes
Bennett 86 Foul Gradwell 90+ Foul
Fitzgerald 90+ Dissent
Referee: Colin Harwood (Manchester)
Match Report by St@tto

Harriers recorded their first opening day victory since 2005 with a narrow win over newly promoted Hayes & Yeading United at sunny Aggborough.

Two new players, Liam Dolman and Gavin Caines, were introduced for their Harriers debuts leaving nine players from last season in the starting line-up despite the summer of upheaval in the squad.

The visitors started the game brightly and enjoyed some good possession but without looking likely to break the deadlock.  Harriers were slow out of the blocks, looking a little nervous perhaps about the prospect of failing to win the opening fixture against newly promoted opposition.  24 minutes were on the clock before Harriers had a decent chance to open the scoring, but Lee Baker's free-kick was poorly struck and hit the wall.

The deadlock was broken ten minutes before the break; Chris McPhee did well on the left wing, his low cross was helped on by David McDermott to last season's top scorer Matthew Barnes-Homer who tucked his shot into the bottom corner to Simon Overland's left.  The goal gave Harriers more confidence and before the break Barnes-Homer went close to doubling the advantage with a curled shot from the edge of the penalty area that went narrowly over the bar.

A defensive mix-up almost cost Harriers early in the second half; Dean Coleman was left stranded by his defence and was lobbed by Dale Binns but Caines got back to head the ball away at the last moment at the expense of a corner.  Shortly afterwards Binns was involved again as his cross was met poorly by Danny Allen-Page who headed wide of the far post.

McPhee went close with a glorious 25-yard shot after bringing down Coleman's clearance and turning to shoot in one smooth movement. As the game wore on Hayes had two great chances to have snatched something from the game as first Binns crossed from the left for Ram Marwa who blazed his shot over the bar then Esmond James did the same thing from a James Mulley cross.  In the last minute McPhee set up John Finnigan, making his debut from the bench, but his 25-yard shot was parried by Overland.