|Cheltenham Town 2(1) v (1)1 Kidderminster Harriers|
|Football League Division 3 - Whaddon Road - 26 March 2002|
|Steve Book 7||0(6)||0||0||0||0||||Stuart Brock 5||0(1)||0||0||0||0|
|Tony Griffin 5||0||0||2||1||0||[14/6]||Adie Smith 5||0||0||1||0||0|
|Jamie Victory 5||1(w)||1||0||1||0||||Scott Stamps 6||0||0||1||4||0|
|John Finnegan 5||0||1||0||0||0||[28/20]||Dean Bennett 5||0||1||1||0||0|
|Mike Duff 5||0||0||2||3||0||[2/5]||Craig Hinton 5||0||0||3||2||0|
|Chris Banks 5||0||0||1||0||0||[4/26]||Abdou Sall 5||0||0||1||1||0|
|Lee Williams 5||0||1||2||1||0||||Colin Larkin 7||3(1)||2||0||0||0|
|Mark Yates||0||2||2||4||0||||Danny Williams 5||0||0||4||1||0|
|Julian Alsop 5||0||0||3||3||2||[19/9]||Drewe Broughton 6||1(1)||0||5||3||2|
|Tony Naylor 6||1||3||2||6||0||[26/30]||Bo Henriksen 7||3(3)||1||1||3||0|
|Russell Milton 5||1(1)||0||1||0||0||[11/29]||Richie Appleby 6||1(1)||0||1||0||0|
|John Brough 5||0||0||0||0||0||[5/10]||Ian Foster 5||0||0||0||0||0|
|Neil Grayson||[9/12]||Ian Clarkson|
|Neil Howarth 5||0||0||0||0||0||[17/14]||Andy Ducros 5||0||0||1||0||0|
|Nathan Tyson 6||1||0||0||0||0||[29/19]||Tony Bird 5||0||0||0||1||0|
|Shane Higgs||[12/28]||John Danby|
|Fouls Conceded||Offside||Corners||Shots On||Shots off|
|40||Tony Naylor||The ball was crossed from the left to the far post where Alsop rose to head back across goal to Naylor who struck a fierce volley past Brock.||19||Colin Larkin||A right wing corner was not cleared and Broughton headed the ball forward to Larkin who poke it past Book.|
|76||Nathan Tyson||Henriksen lost possession in midfield to Naylor who played a defence splitting pass into the path of Tyson who stroked hiss shot past the advancing Brock.|
Cheltenham: (Red & White/White/White)
|55||Tyson||Milton||Tyson to striker, Naylor to left midfield.||69||Bird||Appleby||Bird to right midfield.|
|83||Brough||Banks||Brough to right central defender, Duff to left central defender.||83||Foster||Larkin||Foster to striker.|
|95||Howarth||Williams||Howarth to right midfield.||83||Ducros||Broughton||Ducros to striker.|
|Alsop 88 Foul||Williams 30 Foul|
|Match Report by St@tto|
Harriers play-off aspirations were dealt a severe blow when they were narrowly
defeated in a pulsating local derby.
The game kicked-off at a breakneck pace with Harriers having the best of the opening exchanges. For the first time for several matches, Harriers had a full squad to choose from with the exception of long-term injury victim Mark Blake, all of the key players returned, Scott Stamps, Dean Bennett and Richie Appleby with Adie Smith moving to right back and Bo Henriksen reverting to striker.
Colin Larkin gave one of his best performances in a Harriers shirt and in the first half was the best player on the park. It was Larkin who opened the scoring on nineteen minutes when he reacted first to Drewe Broughton's knock down while the static home defence looked in vain for an offside flag. Shortly afterwards Harriers had a gilt-edged chance to double their advantage when Larkin had his close range effort saved by Book and then the loose ball ran to Bo Henriksen who should have buried it in the back of the net but fired straight at the keeper and all Harriers got was a corner.
At the other end Cheltenham were wasting chance after chance, both Naylor and Yates had two opportunities but failed to trouble Brock. Eventually, however, they did snatch an equaliser right on half time, Naylor making an excellent connection with Alsop's header to volley powerfully past the dive of Brock.
After the break the home team came out with more purpose and forced Harriers to defend more. They almost took the lead when Jamie Victory's header crashed against the crossbar. Harriers gifted the winner to The Robins when Bo Henriksen's misplaced pass went striaght to Naylor in the middle of the park and his pass split the defence wide open and allowed Nathan Tyson to score his first goal for the club since his move from Swansea.
Harriers pressed for an equaliser and tried to revitalise the attack by bringing on Ian Foster and Andy Ducros in place of Broughton and Larkin, but the goal just would not come.