|Kidderminster Harriers 1(0) v (0)0 Darlington|
|Football League Division 3 - Aggborough - 12 January 2002|
|Stuart Brock 6||0(1)||0||1||0||0||||Andrew Collett 6||0(4)||0||0||0||0|
|Ian Clarkson 6||0||0||0||0||0||[12/26]||Simon Betts 5||0||0||2||5||0|
|Ian Joy 6||0||0||0||2||0||[25/3]||Paul Heckingbottom 6||0||0||1||1||0|
|Dean Bennett 6||0||2||3||3||1||[20/10]||Neil Maddison 5||0||2||0||3||0|
|Craig Hinton 8||0||1||1||0||0||[5/34]||David McGurk 5||0||0||1||0||0|
|Lee Ayres 6||0||0||3||1||0||[16/12]||David Brightwell 6||1(1)||0||1||2||0|
|Ian Foster 6||1||2||2||2||3||[10/21]||Richard Hodgson 5||0||0||0||0||1|
|Danny Williams 6||0||1||4||1||0||[8/9]||Mark Ford 5||0||0||1||0||1|
|Bo Henriksen 6||0||3||3||2||1||[30/19]||Danny Mellanby 5||0||1||2||4||1|
|Andy Ducros 9||5(3)||3||2||0||0||[14/2]||Phil Brumwell 5||0||0||1||3||0|
|Sam Shilton 6||1(1)||0||0||1||1||[11/8]||Ian Clark 5||0||0||0||2||0|
|Adie Smith 5||0||0||0||0||0||[6/11]||Brian Atkinson|
|Drewe Broughton 5||0||0||1||0||0||[9/14]||Paul Campbell 5||0||0||0||0||0|
|Ben Davies||[17/28]||Neil Wainwright 6||0||0||2||0||0|
|Peter Faulds||[18/31]||Mark Sheeran 5||0||0||1||0||2|
|Brendan Murphy||[13/24]||Keith Finch|
|Fouls Conceded||Offside||Corners||Shots On||Shots off|
|53||Andy Ducros||Chased Williams' long through ball, cut inside and struck a left foot shot in off the far post.|
|62||Smith||Shilton||Smith to right midfield, Bennett to left midfield.||58||Wainwright||Hodgson||Wainwright to inside right.|
|80||Broughton||Foster||Broughton to striker.||58||Sheeran||Clark||Sheeran to striker, Mellanby to inside left.|
|79||Campbell||Maddison||Campbell to centre midfield.|
|Bennett 66 Dissent||Betts 41 Foul
Brightwell 59 Foul
Betts 87 Foul
|Betts 87 Persistent Misconduct|
|Referee: L.Cable (Woking)|
|Match Report by St@tto|
Harriers bounced back from their midweek defeat by Luton with a
narrow but deserved victory over a stubborn Darlington side.
Despite being without a number of key players through injury and suspension (Sall, Blake, Appleby and Larkin injured and Stamps suspended), Harriers dominated the game throughout and after a slow start played some good flowing football. As was to be expected with so many changes in the side, the newcomers took a while to gel but were helped by the visitors who never really posed a serious threat.
Goalmouth action was limited in the opening half, a Lee Ayres mistake allowed Danny Mellanby towrigle through on goal but he pulled his shot wide and that was the closest Darlo came in the first 45 minutes. At the other end Harriers didn't do much better until beyond te half hour mark when Sam Shilton got to the byline on the left and pulled the ball back into the danger area, Andy Ducros, twice, and Ian Foster saw their shots blocked and somehow Darlington survived.
After the break Harriers stepped up the tempo and started to really stretch the visitors. Andy Ducros was becoming more and more influential, and it was he who opened the scoring on 53 minutes. Danny Williams picked him out on the right with a long through pass and Ducros advanced on goal, cut inside and fired his shot in off the far post for his first senior goal since opening day.
As he began to see more and more of the ball, Ducros tried more and more adventurous shots at goal, although a couple of his shots aided by the stiff breeze at Harriers' backs hit the roof of the stand behind the goal. Shilton and Ducros both forced saves from Andy Collett in the Darlington goal and on one occasion he spilled the ball and had to react quickly before substitute Adie Smith, making his first appearance since November, could pounce on the loose ball.
With time running out sub Drewe Broughton took on Simon Betts on the left, the Darlington full back was turned inside out and brought Broughton down. Having already booked him, referee Lee Cable had no hesitation with bringing out the yellow card for the second time and then waving the red at him to send him off. Eventually Darlington created a chance for themselves, a free-kick on the right was floated over to the far post where Brightwell was waiting, he stabbed his shot goalwards but Stuart Brock dived at the foot of the post to save and the game was won.