York City 3(2) v (1)2 Kidderminster Harriers

Football Conference National - Bootham Crescent - 26 September 2009

Attendance: 2509

Individual Stats
v Kidderminster
Michael Ingham 60(4)0000[24/1]Dean Coleman 400000
Ben Purkiss 500000[2]Duane Courtney 500100
James Meredith 501100[3]Lee Baker 601100
Djoumin Sangare 600010[21/6]Martin Riley 500100
Daniel Parslow 500100[6/5]Gavin Caines 40001(p)0
Andy Ferrell 503110[8/7]Chris McPhee 600000
Adam Smith 503011[7/11]David McDermott 612100
Levi Mackin 500020[17/10]Darryl Knights 500000
Michael Gash 610000[9]Matt Barnes-Homer 62(1)3010
Richard Brodie 7201(p)00[16/21]Robbie Matthews 51(1)2120
Neil Barrett 501010[14]Brian Smikle 62(1)1210
David McGurk 500000[5/15]Liam Dolman     
Richard Pacquette     [10/16]Kyle Hadley     
Craig Nelthorpe     [11/17]Tom Sharpe     
Michael Rankine 501112[15/18]Aaron Farrell 500000
Josh Mimms     [13/19]Nathan Hayward 61(1)2000
Team Stats
  Fouls Conceded Offside Corners Shots On Shots off
York Kidderminster
9Richard Brodie (penalty)2Brian Smikle
32Richard Brodie62Matt Barnes-Homer
58Michael Gash  
PurkissSangare ParslowMeredith
SmithMackin FerrellBarrett
 Gash Brodie 
CourtneyRiley CainesBaker
McDermott   Smikle
 Barnes-Homer Matthews 
York Kidderminster
68RankineMackinRankine to striker, Brodie to left midfield, Barrett to left central midfield, Ferrell to right central midfield.9 CainesMcPhee to left central defender.  Now 4-2-1-2.
84McGurkFerrellMcGurk to left central midfield, Barrett to right central midfield.16HaywardKnightsHayward to central midfield.  Now 4-3-2.
    90+FarrellMcDermottFarrell to striker. Now 4-2-3.
York Kidderminster
   Caines 9 Professional Foul
Referee: Paul Davison (Cleveland)
Match Report by St@tto

Harriers were narrowly edged out at Bootham Crescent after being forced to play over 80 minutes with just ten men after Gavin Caines was sent-off.

Showing just one change from the team that drew at Forest Green in midweek, Robbie Matthews coming in in place of the suspended Dean Bennett, Harriers got off to a flying start; David McDermott's cross from the right found an unmarked Brian Smikle at the far post who with a diving header scored his fifth goal of the season.  There were just 100 seconds on the clock.

The lead was short-lived, however, as in the ninth minute Harriers were caught out by a long ball through the inside-right channel; Richard Brodie got into the penalty area and was brought down from behind by Caines who was given his marching orders.  Brodie took the penalty himself and managed to get it past the fingertips of Dean Coleman who dived the right way.

Youth team midfielder Nathan Hayward was brought on shortly afterwards in place of the unfortunate Darryl Knights.  Chris McPhee dropped back into the middle of the defence and Hayward proceeded to run the midfield with another assured performance.  Sloppy defending just past the half-hour mark let in Brodie again to fire The Minstermen ahead.

Despite the handicap of having one less player Harriers were more than matching their hosts and could, and maybe should, have gone into the break level.  Five minutes before the interval Matthews' cross from the left was flicked on by Martin Riley to McDermott who fired wide across the face of goal.  Moments later Hayward's long ball forward was headed over by Matthews, then in stoppage time McDermott's dangerous looking cross from the right was headed clear by Djoumin Sangare.

Twelve minutes into the second half Harriers suffered a further setback when Adam Smith's cross from the right found Michael Gash who was left with an easy header to make it 3-1.  Harriers kept going, though, and four minutes later were back in the game when McDermott's short free-kick was drilled in from 25 yards or more by Matt Barnes-Homer, although home keeper Michael Ingham was more than culpable allowing the ball to squirm through his grasp and into the back of the net.

Harriers pressed forward in search of an equaliser and Hayward's pass found Matthews who made a good turn and then shot straight at Ingham who wasn't being tested enough when it was clear that he was struggling with injury.  The visitors dominated possession in the latter stages and their performance deserved to get at least a point; had they had ten men on the field throughout they most likely would have taken something from the game.

Late on another McDermott corner from the left looked dangerous but City managed to get it headed clear for another corner.  An intricate passing move ended with Hayward setting up Barnes-Homer but his 20-yard effort flew over the bar and then shortly afterwards McDermott's volley was cleared off the line by Sangare.