Kidderminster Harriers 0(0) v (1)1 Eastleigh

FA Cup 4th Qualifying Round - Aggborough - 25 October 2014

Attendance: 1489

Individual Stats
v Eastleigh
Danny Lewis 60[4]0200[1] Ross Flitney 70[4]0000
Jared Hodgkiss 500010 [2/16] Will Evans 500430
Kevin Nicholson 510000 [28/3] Michael Green 500100
Chey Dunkley 500031 [6/5] Dean Beckwith 500000
Jamie Grimes 500020 [15/17] Paul Reid 500210
Kyle Storer 600020 [4/8] Craig Stanley 500000
Josh O'Keefe 62(2)012(1h)0 [16/10] Jai Reason 62(1)0601
Callum Gittings 502001 [18/14] Ben Strevens 50003(1h)0
Michael Gash 500220 [9/13] Stuart Fleetwood 51(1)1011
Reece Styche 51(1)0232 [11] Craig McAllister 51(1)0001
Ahmed Obeng 71(1)0103 [14/4] Jamie Collins 500100
Jake Green      [3/2] Dan Spence     
Marvin Johnson 500001 [8/6] Chris Todd     
Craig Reid 500000 [10/7] Yemi Odubade 51(1)0010
Nathan Blissett 500020 [13/9] James Constable 502201
Aman Verma      [17/19] Ben Wright     
Jasbir Singh      [19/22] Tony Lee     
-      [24] Josh Helm     
Team Stats
  Fouls Conceded Offside Corners Shots On Shots off
Kidderminster 17 9 1 5 2
Eastleigh 9 4 7 5 3
Kidderminster Eastleigh
   15 Jai Reason
Hodgkiss Dunkley  Grimes Nicholson
  O'Keefe  Gittings 
  Gash  Styche 
Evans Beckwith  Reid Green
Reason Strevens  Stanley Collins
  Fleetwood  McAllister 
Kidderminster Eastleigh
59 Blissett Gash Blissett to striker. 45 Constable Collins Constable to striker, Fleetwood to left midfield.
62 Johnson O'Keefe Johnson to left wing, Obeng to right wing, Storer to right central midfield.  Now 4-2-4. 71 Odubade McAllister Odubade to right midfield, Reason to attacking midfield, Stanley to right central midfield, Strevens to left central midfield.
75 Reid Styche Reid to striker.    
Kidderminster Eastleigh
Styche 5 Foul
Grimes 69 Foul
Dunkley 87 Foul
  Stanley 55 Foul 
Referee: Richard J. Martin (Weston-Super-Mare)
Match Report by St@tto

Harriers' indifferent form continued with a disappointing exit from the FA Cup.

Gary Whild made several changes to the team that had lost at Halifax a week ago, bringing in Josh O'Keefe for his first start of the season, Kyle Storer on his return from suspension and Reece Styche, relegating Aman Verma and Nathan Blissett to the bench while Jack Byrne was suspended.  With numbers thin Harriers were unable to name a full complement of seven substitutes.

The visitors need just 15 minutes to take the lead; Jai Reason pounced on O'Keefe's weak header and hit a curving shot from 25 yards out that gave Danny Lewis in the Harriers goal no chance of saving.

Midway through the half a strong run from the lively Ahmed Obeng, running most of the length of the pitch, set up a chance for Callum Gittings but he fired wide across the face of goal from 20 yards out.  At the other end Reason went close again ten minutes before the break with a free-kick from the left-hand corner of the penalty area that Lewis did well to tip over the bar for a corner.

Early in the second half O'Keefe had a chance but his shot from distance was straight at Ross Flitney in The Spitfires' goal.  On 52 minutes Harriers had a big penalty appeal turned down when Obeng's cross appeared to be handled deliberately; Eastleigh counter-attacked and almost doubled their advantage with a shot from former Harrier James Constable who fired over the bar.

Harriers had the ball in the net just past the hour mark but Chey Dunkley's header was ruled out for offside; Eastleigh's offside trap was efficient throughout the afternoon and Harriers didn't appear to have the guile to break it down.

The last good chance Harriers had to draw level came midway through the half; Marvin Johnson's pass set Nathan Blissett Eastleigh on the left and his cross picked out Styche who, with no time to react, headed straight at the keeper.

The game fizzled out in the closing stages as the visitors were comfortable in their lead without being inspiring while Harriers lacked the urgency to get themselves back into the game and at least earn a replay.