Cheltenham Town 2(0) v (0)1 Kidderminster Harriers
Football League Division 3 - Whaddon Road - Whaddon Road
Attendance: 4179

Individual Stats
 OnOffForAg   OnOffForAg 
Shane Higgs 500000[12/1]Stuart Brock 50(3)0000
Kevin Amankwaah 500200[24/19]Kenny Coleman 600210
Jamie Victory 610000[3]Scott Stamps 500110
Darren Jones 500200[27/18]Adam Willis 501220
Michael Duff 500030[6/5]Craig Hinton 600100
Grant McCann 72(1)4231[11/8]Sean Flynn 500140
Bertrand Cozic 500310[25/7]Dean Bennett 701111
Mark Yates02210[8/4]Danny Williams 611011
Damian Spencer 61(1)1031[10]Andy Bishop 500221
Kayode Odejayi 500121[17/12]Bo Henriksen 502112
Graham Fyfe 500100[22/11]Sam Shilton 600141
Antony Griffin     [2]Adie Smith 500120
Richard Forsyth 500000[4/6]Matt Gadsby     
Martin Devaney 500310[16/9]John Williams     
Bob Taylor 61(1)0100[26/14]Sean Parrish     
Steve Book     [1/20]Graham Ward     
Team Stats
  Fouls Conceded Offside Corners Shots On Shots off
Cheltenham 143657
Kidderminster 196215
79 Jamie Victory A corner from the left caused problems for Brock who failed to collect it and it fell to Victory who hooked it in from close range. 50 Danny Williams Rifled a 25-yard free-kick through the wall and into the top corner of the net.
81 Grant McCann Drilled a 25-yard free-kick past the wall and into the bottom corner.      
AmankwaahJones DuffVictory
CozicYates McCannFyfe
 Spencer Odejayi 
ColemanWillis HintonStamps
BennettD.Williams FlynnShilton
 Bishop Henriksen 
54 Taylor Odejayi Taylor to striker. 46 Smith Stamps Smith to right back, Coleman to left back.
54 Devaney Fyfe Devaney to right midfield, Cozic to left central midfield, McCann to left midfield. 86     Hinton to central defender.  Now 3-4-2.
82 Forsyth Spencer Forsyth to central midfield.  Now 4-5-1.        
Yates 7 Foul
Odejayi 49 Foul
  Flynn 5 Foul
Stamps 45 Handball
Willis 86 Foul
Referee: G.Hegley
Match Report by St@tto
Harriers slumped to their second consecutive defeat in a dour, niggly, local derby after throwing away the lead in the last ten minutes and ending the game with only ten men on the park.
Ian Britton changed to a 4-4-2 formation, but kept faith with the same eleven that had lost so abjectly in the previous game against Bury.  After this second defeat heads can be expected to roll before next weekend's game against new league leaders Oxford at Aggborough.
The Robins were the first to threaten near goal, on-loan Kevin Amankwaah got to the byline on the right and his cross found Grant McCann who took a touch before blazing his shot over the bar.  A couple of minutes later Harriers had their first chance, an outswinging right wing corner found the head of Adam Willis at the far post but he headed wide and Cheltenham were able to scramble the ball clear.
The game became bogged down in midfield with neither side showing much creativity, and both captains found their names in referee Hegley's notebook; Sean Flynn for a foul on Amankwaah and Mark yates after he scythed the legs from under Kenny Coleman.  Midway through the half a Cheltenham corner on the right almost created the opening goal after the cross deflected of the head of Flynn and towards the top corner but Stuart Brock did well to get across and claw it away.  Twelve minutes before the break the home team came close again, a free kick from McCann beat the wall but curled wide of the near post.  Harriers created a good opening five minutes from half time, Dean Bennett picked up the ball in midfield and ran through the heart of the Cheltenham team but his final pass into the goal area was aimless and ill-considered when he had Bo Henriksen unmarked wide to his right and Andy Bishop making a good run to his left.
The deadlock was broken four minutes after the interval, Michael Duff fouled Bishop 25 yards from goal in the inside left channel, Danny Williams lined-up the kick and after a long run-up blasted it through the wall and into the top corner of the net.  Harriers began to take control, although the quality of the football did not really improve, on the hour they could have increased their advantage.  A through ball from Bennett found Henriksen who raced clear of the defence but shot tamely wide when faced with Shane Higgs in the Cheltenham goal.  Moments later a free kick on the left found Coleman and his cross to the far post was met by the head of Bennett but he could only steer it into the side netting.  With fifteen minutes remaining Harriers' last good chance came, Flynn split the defence open with a good pass for Sam Shilton to run onto but Higgs was quick off his line to avert the danger.
As the game wore on Cheltenham began to get desperate and started to build up the pressure on the visitors, twelve minutes from the end former West Brom legend Bob Taylor, on in place of the ineffective Kayode Odejayi, latched onto a pass from McCann but his snap shot was beaten away by Brock.  Harriers were preparing a double substitution to protect the lead when it was wiped out, a corner from the left caused problems in the Harriers penalty area and Brock came for the ball but failed to collect it and Jamie Victory was able to hook it into the net.  Two minutes later the home team were ahead, McCann stepped up to take another 25-yard free-kick that flew past the badly built wall and into the bottom corner of the net.
Suddenly Harriers seemed to lose all sense of direction and appeared unable to create any sort of move that would get them back into the game.  Four minutes from time insult was added to injury when Willis made a late, rash, challenge on Martin Devaney which Mr Hegley deemed worthy of a red card.  In the last minute of normal time McCann went close again with yet another free kick but this time hit it straight at Brock.
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