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

Football Conference National - Nene Park - 1 October 2011

Attendance: 1301

Individual Stats
v Kidderminster
Laurie Walker      [12/21] Dean Lyness     
Djoumin Sangare      [5/2] Lee Vaughan     
Marcus Kelly      [11/3] Mike Williams     
John Dempster      [25/4] Luke Jones     
Nathan Koo-Boothe      [21/15] Tom Sharpe     
Steven O'Leary      [33/11] Jack Byrne     
Jamie Navarro      [22/17] Luke Medley     
Steven Meecham      [16/5] Scott Phelan     
Adam Cunnington      [24/20] Jamille Matt     
Kiernan Hughes-Mason      [30/18] Callum Gittings     
Ben Smith      [26/14] Nick Wright     
George Taft      [18/8] James Vincent     
Patrick Noubissie      [23/10] Marc Williams     
Jordan Cross      [29/16] Michael Briscoe     
Robbie Dance      [39/22] Mickey Demetriou     
Aldi Haxia      [31/25] Tommy Wright     
Team Stats
  Fouls Conceded Offside Corners Shots On Shots off
Kettering 10 0 6 4 8
Kidderminster 11 3 9 8 6
Kettering Kidderminster
   43 Jamille Matt
Sangare Dempster  Koo-Boothe Kelly
Navarro    Smith
  Cunnington  Hughes-Mason 
Vaughan Jones  Sharpe Mi. Williams
  Phelan  Byrne 
Medley  Gittings  N. Wright
Kettering Kidderminster
50 Taft Koo-Boothe Taft to left central defender. 54 Vincent Phelan Vincent to right central midfield, Gittings to left central midfield, Byrne to defensive midfield.
68 Noubissie Navarro Noubissie to right midfield. 63 Ma. Williams N. Wright Marc Williams to left wing.
85 Cross Hughes-Mason Cross to striker. 77 T. Wright Matt Tommy Wright to striker.
Kettering Kidderminster
Navarro 49 Dissent   
Referee: Kevin A. Johnson (Weston-super-Mare)
Match Report by St@tto

A professional performance from Harriers saw them grind out a fifth win from seven games away from Aggborough in unseasonal conditions at Nene Park.

Temperatures that were more suited to the first pre-seasoon friendly of the summer rather than a game in October spoiled the game as a spectacle and ensured that it was played at a low tempo.

There was surprise in the Harriers line-up as Dean Lyness came in in goal for his debut in place of the injured Danny Lewis while in midfield Scott Phelan came in for the suspended Kyle Storer as the only two changes from the team that had drawn with Grimsby in midweek.

In the early stages lowly Kettering, who were without a pair of suspended players themselves, tested Lyness and the rookie keeper was up to the task keeping out a long-range effort from Kiernan Hughes-Mason and shepherding away another from Steven Meecham in the opening ten minutes.  At the other end Jack Byrne won a corner with a shot that was saved by home keeper Laurie Walker while Luke Medley's weak effort was easily saved.

Thanks mostly to the weather the game was scrappy, the poorest spectacle of the season so far, and became bogged down in midfield.  Harriers threatened late in the half, Medley's beat Town left back Marcus Kelly and his cross was only cleared as far as Phelan who shot wide.  The first flash of real quality in the game, though, broke the deadlock two minutes before the break; Byrne won the ball in midfield, carried a forward a short way and then lifted a pass over the home defence for Jamille Matt to run onto before calmly stroking it over Walker to record his second goal of the season.

The second half was no better than the first, played at a quite pedestrian pace with no real quality.  Just past the hour mark Harriers went close to doubling their advantage; Lee Vaughan's cross-field pass picked out Callum Gittings on the left flank, he played it inside to substitute James Vincent who laid it off to Nick Wright, he saw his shot saved by Walker, however at the expense of a corner.

When Kettering did move forward Lyness was assured in his command of hte Harriers penalty area and in no real danger of being beaten.  At the other end Marc Williams tried a curling shot in the last minute that was comfortably held by Walker and in stoppage time, from a Kettering corner, Harriers counter-attacked with Marc Williams' pass setting up Vincent who had his 25-yard shot saved.  Despite not hitting top form Harriers were easy winners and could have found a little extra had they need to if Kettering had been a better side.  The result lifts Harriers up to fifth in tle league and sends Kettering into the relegation zone.