Kidderminster Harriers 0(0) v (0)1 Kettering Town

Football Conference National - Aggborough - 18 August 2009

Attendance: 1368

Individual Stats
v Kettering
Dean Coleman     [1]Lee Harper     
Duane Courtney     [2]Nicky Eaden     
Lee Baker     [3]James Jennings     
Martin Riley     [6/23]Exodus Geohaghon     
Gavin Caines     [5/6]James Dempster     
Dean Bennett     [8/17]Andrew Boucaud     
Chris McPhee     [7/8]Lee Fowler     
Darryl Knights     [10/15]Patrick Noubisse     
Robbie Matthews     [21/9]Damien Spencer     
Matt Barnes-Homer     [9/19]Gareth Seddon     
Brian Smikle     [14/7]Francis Green     
John Finnigan     [4]Darren Wrack     
David McDermott     [11/10]Jean-Paul Marna     
Liam Dolman     [15/12]Greg Taylor     
Kyle Hadley     [16/18]James McPike     
Jasbir Singh     [12/20]Danny Thomas     
Team Stats
  Fouls Conceded Offside Corners Shots On Shots off
Kidderminster Kettering
   85Jean-Paul MarnaPenalty
CourtneyRiley CainesBaker
McPhee   Smikle
 Matthews Barnes-Homer 
EadenGeohaghon DempsterJennings
FowlerNoubisse BoucaudGreen
 Spencer Seddon 
Kidderminster Kettering
81McDermottKnightsMcDermott to attacking midfield.70ThomasSeddonThomas to left midfield.
    71WrackFowlerWrack to right central midfield, Noubisse to central midfield, Green to right midfield.  Now 4-5-1.
    79MarnaGreenMarna to striker, Spencer to right midfield.
Kidderminster Kettering
Matthews 25 Foul
Caines 78 Foul
 Jennings 74 Foul 
Referee: Rob Merchant (Staffordshire)
Match Report by St@tto

Harriers suffered their first home defeat of the season, dominating the game only to fall to a late penalty that gave Kettering all three points when they deserved to get nothing from the game.

Unchanged from the side that had controlled the game at Ebbsfleet at the weekend Harriers again bossed the game throughout, except for a brief spell early in the game when the visitors tried to exploit the long throws of Exodus Geohaghon.  Harriers lacked a cutting edge, however, and didn't trouble Lee Harper in the Town goal at all in the first half.

An excellent passage of passing just before the half hour mark had Kettering chasing shadows but was typical of their play in that it had no end product.  Shortly afterwards there was an great chance for the deadlock to be broken; Duane Courtney's throw from the right was flicked on towards the far post where Brian Smikle met it but blasted his shot high and wide.  Courtney then had to be alert in the last minute of the half tracking back with Damien Spencer who chased a long pass through the middle of the park, courtney's challenge taking some pace of the shot and allowing Dean Coleman to save.

Another great passing move on the hour ended with Darryl Knights setting up Brian Smikle who cut inside only to see his shot deflected wide for a corner.  Courtney crossed from the right minutes later to Robbie Matthews whose header back across goal was held by Harper.  Courtney was involved again with a low cross to Smikle who tried a cheeky back-heeled shot but Harper managed to get down to grab it.  Matthews got up well to beat Geohaghon to the ball but his header from another Courtney cross was straight at Harper.

Harriers' best chance of the night came after 76 minutes; a cross by Matt Barnes-Homer on the right was missed by Geohaghon and dropped for Matthews who curled a shot beyond Harper only for it to crash against the crossbar and rebound to safety.  Geohaghon atoned for his earlier mistake quickly, getting in the way of a 25-yard Dean Bennett effort to knock the ball out for a corner.

Despite all of their possession and chances Harriers were unable to make the breakthrough and were made to pay five minutes from the end when Bennett brought down town sub Danny Thomas in the penalty area.  The referee had no hesitation in awarding the penalty and Jean-Paul Marna stepped forward to send Coleman the wrong way and open the scoring.  Harriers had one last good chance to get something from the game deep in stoppage time; David McDermott's corner from the right was met by Smikle who saw his goal bound header cleared off the line by James Jennings.