Kidderminster Harriers 3(1) v (1)1 Alfreton Town

Football Conference National - Aggborough - 17 September 2011

Attendance: 1939

Individual Stats
v Alfreton
Danny Lewis     [1] Daniel Lowson     
Lee Vaughan     [2] Josh Law     
Mike Williams     [3] Connor Franklin     
Luke Jones      [4/12] Leigh Franks     
Tom Marshall      [6/5] Greg Young     
Kyle Storer      [24/4] Theo Streete     
Jack Byrne      [11/8] Jake Moult     
Nick Wright      [14/6] Matt Wilson     
Steve Guinan     [9] Paul Clayton     
Marc Williams      [10/26] Drewe Broughton     
Scott Phelan      [5/7] Anton Brown     
Dave Hankin      [7/10] Chris Senior     
James Vincent      [8/14] Jordan Hall     
Tom Sharpe      [15/16] Nathan Jarman     
Jamille Matt      [20/17] Levi Mackin     
Dean Lyness      [21/20] Adie Hawes     
Team Stats
  Fouls Conceded Offside Corners Shots On Shots off
Kidderminster 17 3 3 7 6
Alfreton 19 2 7 2 5
Kidderminster Alfreton
39 Marc Williams 30 Drewe Broughton (penalty)
51 Steve Guinan   
90 James Vincent   
Vaughan Jones  Marshall Mi. Williams
  Byrne  Phelan 
  Wright Guinan Ma. Williams 
Law Franks  Young Franklin
Moult Wilson  Street Brown
  Clayton  Broughton 
Kidderminster Alfreton
68 Vincent Phelan Vincent to right central midfield, Byrne to left central midfield. 71 Jarman Broughton Jarman to striker.
84 Matt Guinan Matt to striker. 82 Senior Street Senior to striker, Clayton to left midfield, Brown to right midfield, Moult to left central midfield.
     87 Hall Moult Hall to left central midfield.
Kidderminster Alfreton
Storer 31 Unsporting Behaviour
Guinan 31 Unsporting Behaviour
Jones 48 Foul
Byrne 74 foul
  Young 62 Foul
Franks 71 Foul
Law 90+2 Foul
Jarman 90+2 Unsporting Behaviour
Referee: Pete Bankes (Merseyside)
Match Report by St@tto

Despite the best efforts of the visitors to spoil Harriers' 125th Anniversary Party the home team came from behind to record a well-earned 3-1 victory.

Marc Williams had overcome an ankle injury to return to the starting line-up as the only change from the team that had been held by Ebbsfleet in the previous game.  Williams almost made his recall pay-off inside the opening ten minutes, as both teams were to slow to get going half chances fell to him and his opposite number in the Alfreton side former Harrier Drewe Broughton who was making his debut.  Neither player was able to capitalise, however, and the deadlock remained.

The game degenerated after the opening exchanges; Alfreton had come with a plan to frustrate Harriers and their physical approach led to a number of feisty encounters all over the pitch.  One of the visitors' heavy challenges led to a 27th minute free-kick that almost saw Harriers take the lead, Kyle Storer's shot beat the wall but was held by Town keeper Daniel Lowson.

Alfreton took the lead on the half-hour, Broughton sending Danny Lewis the wrong way from the penalty spot after Luke Jones had pushed Theo Streete.  At the other end, seven minutes before the break, another free-kick led to Tom Marshall's shot being tipped over the bar by Lowson at the expense of a corner.  From that corner Scott Phelan's cross was headed back across the face of goal by Jones and turned in from close range by Marc Williams.

The half ended in controversy when Marshall was felled, apparently by Broughton, in an off-the-ball incident that was missed by all of the officials.  After a lot of finger pointing and pushing-and-shoving amongst the players the referee took no other action than to give both captains a talking to.

After the break Harriers refused to be dragged further down by Alfreton's style of play and began to play more football, taking control of the game.  Just six minutes after the restart Nick Wright and Phelan combined to set Lee Vaughan clear on the right wing, his excellent cross to the far post was turned in by Steve Guinan for his third goal of the season.

The best of the chances now fell Harriers' way; Wright picked up the ball on the right and made a strong run to the inside-left channel before cutting inside the defender and getting away a shot that was blocked.  Eventually Harriers made the game safe in the last minute; Marc Williams made a good run through the inside-left channel before slipping the ball inside to Jamille Matt who helped it across to the opposite flank to James Vincent; he fired in a low shot off the far post to record his first goal for the club.

Deep into stoppage time Harriers could have increased their lead further; Jones' long ball forward found Matt who carried the ball forward before cutting inside a defender only to see his shot saved by the feet of Lowson.