Kidderminster Harriers 2(1) v (0)0 Chester City

Football Conference National - Aggborough - 26 December 2009

Attendance: 1755

Individual Stats
Kidderminster
Shots
Fouls
Off.
v Chester
Shots
Fouls
Off.
 
On
Off
For
Ag
     
On
Off
For
Ag
 
Dean Coleman 6 0(2) 0 1 0 0[1] John Danby 7 0(6) 0 0 0 0
Duane Courtney 7 1 0 0 1 0[2] Kevin Roberts 5 0 0 0 0 0
Danny Andrew 6 0 0 0 1 0 [23/18] Glenn Rule 5 0 1 0 1 0
Gavin Caines 7 1 2 0 1 0 [5/17] Shaun Kelly 5 0 1 0 0 0
Martin Riley 6 1(w) 0 0 0 0 [6/4] Tim Ryan 5 0 0 3 0 0
Dean Bennett 5 1(1) 0 1 0 0 [8/21] Jack Rea 5 0 0 1 0 0
Chris McPhee 5 0 1 1 1 0 [7/8] Ben Wilkinson 5 0 2 1 0 0
Darryl Knights 6 3(2) 1 1 2 0 [10/12] James Owen 5 0 0 3 2 0
Aaron Farrell 7 2(1) 0 0 1 0 [18/25] Ben Jones 5 0 0 0 0 1
Robbie Matthews 6 1(1) 0 0 2 0 [21/14] Lloyd Ellams 6 2(2) 1 1 2 0
Brian Smikle 6 1(1) 2 0 0 0 [14/6] Michael Lea 5 0 0 1 0 1
Lee Baker      [3/26] Connell Rawlinson     
Liam Dolman      [15/29] Joe Freeman     
Nathan Hayward 5 0 1 0 0 0 [19/31] Ryan Davidson 5 0 0 0 0 0
Damian Spencer 5 0 0 1 1 0 [24/32] Sam Coulter 5 0 0 0 0 0
Jasbir Singh      [12/13] Andrew Murphy     
Team Stats
  Fouls Conceded Offside Corners Shots On Shots off
Kidderminster 10 3 9 11 7
Chester 5 2 4 2 5
GOALS
Kidderminster Chester
16 Gavin Caines  
89 Duane Courtney   
Formations
Kidderminster
   Coleman  
Courtney Caines  Riley Andrew
   Bennett  
McPhee    Smikle
   Knights  
  Farrell  Matthews 
Chester
   Danby  
Roberts Kelly  Ryan Rule
     
Wilkinson Owen  Rea Lea
   Ellams  
   Jones  
SUBSTITUTIONS
Kidderminster Chester
69 Hayward Bennett Hayward to defensive midfield. 64 Davidson Jones Davidson to striker.
73 Spencer Farrell Spencer to striker. 90 Coulter Rea  
BOOKINGS
Kidderminster Chester
    
Referee: Ian Smedley (Derbyshire)
Match Report by St@tto

Goals from defenders in each half enabled Harriers to see off the challenge of bottom club Chester City and launch the managerial career of John Finnigan with victory.

For his first team selection Finnigan sprang a surprise by giving rookie striker Aaron Farrell a start, following on from his impressive performance in the game at Matlock, despite having on-loan strikers Damian Spencer and Ryan Charles available again.  As expected goalkeeper Dean Coleman and defender Martin Riley returned to the side after missing the last game.

Apart from an early scare when Danny Andrew was caught in possession by Lloyd Ellams, letting the visiting attacker get a shot in that Coleman pushed round the post for a corner, Harriers dominated proceedings enjoying the lion's share of possession.  In the eighth minute Farrell went close to opening the scoring but his shot was tipped over the bar well by ex-Harrier John Danby for a corner.  From the resultant corner Riley saw his header come back off the post.

The opening goal came after fifteen minutes; Darryl Knights' corner from the left was headed back across goal by Robbie Matthews to Gavin Caines who scored with a diving header his fourth goal of the season.  At the other end Coleman had to be at his best again to save well when Ellams' 25-yard shot took a wicked deflection and almost caught him out.  The hard working Farrell set up a chance for Matthews, beating Kevin Roberts and crossing to the far post where Matthews' control let him down.

After the break Harriers continued to dominate the game; early in the half Farrell created another chance, chasing a pass through the inside-left channel he pulled the ball back to skipper Chris McPhee who fired over the bar from the edge of the penalty area. Knights called Danby into action again latching onto McPhee's pass and firing straight at the keeper.  He also went close with a flicked shot that flew over the bar from close range.

Late in the game Harriers were almost made to pay for their profligacy in front of goal as City won two free-kicks close to the home penalty area in close succession.  Fortunately for Harriers on both occasions ben Wilkinson's shot was deflected wide of the target.  With little over a minute remaining Harriers finally broke City's resistance and made the game safe when substitute Spencer chased a long ball to the byline and pulled it back into the goalmouth where Duane Courtney was on hand to fire it through a crowd of legs to record his second goal of the season.  Deep in stoppage time Brian Smikle went close to increasing the lead further, receiving a flick-on from Matthews he lobbed the ball over Danby and narrowly wide of the far post.