Kidderminster Harriers 0(0) v (1)2 Doncaster Rovers
Football League Division 3 - Aggborough - 25 October 2003
Attendance: 3393

Individual Stats
 OnOffForAg   OnOffForAg 
Stuart Brock 5 0(1)0000[1]Andy Warrington 7 0(3)0000
Kenny Coleman 6 00010[19/18]Jamie Price 6 00000
Craig Hinton 5 02110[5/17]Chris Beech 5 00000
Adie Smith 5 00300[2/6]Mark Albrighton 5 00030
Wayne Hatswell 5 00500[22/23]Steve Foster 5 00020
Dean Bennett 5 01100[7/20]Paul Green 5 1(1)0200
Graham Ward 5 1(1)0110[20/24]Rob O'Brien 5 02120
Danny Williams 5 12230[4/5]John Doolan 5 02220
John Williams 5 01000[9/8]Gregg Blundell 6 10011
JJ Melligan 8 1(1)1411[8/26]Chris Brown 6 10250
Sam Shilton 5 00201[11/21]Michael McIndoe 5 01111
Matt Gadsby     [6/4]Dave Morley     
Sean Parrish 5 00120[14/12]John McGrath 5 00010
Matt Lewis 51(1)0202[17/14]Leo Fortune-West 5 00121
Steve Burton 500000[23/19]Ricky Ravenhill 5 00030
John Danby     [15/13]Barry Richardson     
Team Stats
  Fouls Conceded Offside Corners Shots On Shots off
Kidderminster 941147
Doncaster 223235
      16 Gregg Blundell Lewis' misplaced pass found Blundell who held off Hatswell before slotting it past Brock.
      60 Chris Brown Blundell's low cross from the left was turned in at the near post by Brown.
ColemanSmith HatswellHinton
WardD. Williams BennettShilton
  J. Williams  
PriceAlbrighton FosterBeech
O'BrienDoolan GreenMcIndoe
 Brown Blundell 
9 Lewis J. Williams Lewis to striker. 53 Ravenhill Green Ravenhill to left central midfield.
55 Parrish Coleman Parrish to left central midfield, Melligan to right midfield, Bennett to striker. 69 Fortune-West O'Brien Fortune-West to striker, Blundell to right midfield.
55 Burton Ward Burton to left back, Hinton to right back. 84 McGrath Brown McGrath to right midfield, Blundell to striker.
    Doolan 23 Foul
Foster 47 Foul
Blundell 79 Dissent
Referee: L. Cable
Match Report by St@tto
Harriers' mini revival was brought to an end by high-flying Doncaster who recorded their sixth consecutive victory.  After two performances showing promise Harriers reverted to the same dismal levels that have been seen for most of the season.
Surprisingly new signing Steve Burton was left on the bench and Craig Hinton continued at left back as Jan Molby continued with the team that finished the midweek game at Northampton.  Doncaster were a different propostition to Northampton, they played less football but were far better organised and hurried and harried Harriers whenever they had the ball.
Harriers were dealt a blow after just eight minutes, John Williams stretched to reach the ball and pulled his groin, he was replaced by teenage striker Matt Lewis.  The first goalscoring chance fell to the home team; Kenny Coleman won the ball and advaced on the right, his cross to the far post just evaded the leap of Sam Shilton.  Rovers took the lead after quarter of an hour, Lewis gave the ball away to Greg Blundell who held off Wayne Hatswell before slotting the ball past Stuart Brock.
Midway through the half the advantage was almost doubled when Rob O'Brien picked up the ball 25 yards from goal and sent a fierce drive fizzing just past Brock's right hand post.  Most of Harriers' good play was coming from JJ Melligan, but he was getting little support from his teammates and it was often the case that he was needed on the end of some of the passes that he was making rather than actually making them.  Twelve minutes before the break it was Melligan who created the chance for Graham Ward to call Rovers keeper Andy Warrington into action for the first time, the Irishman's 25-yard drive being tipped over the bar for a corner.
For the first half there had not been much other than the goal that seperated the sides but after the break Harriers were decidedly second best as the visitors took control, Harriers attacking frailties becoming more and more apparent by the minute, it was impossible to see where a Harriers goal might come from.  Five minutes into the second sloppy Harriers defending was nearly punished, the ball came to Paul Green who saw his shot deflected and Brock had to be at his best to make the save to keep it out.  At the other end Danny Williams' pass put Sam Shilton is a good position, he got to the byline and pulled the ball back across goal but too far ahead of Lewis and Melligan.
After Harriers made a double substitution and changed to a regular 4-4-2 formation Hinton moved to right back found himself able to get forward more.  After 59 minutes he got up on the right wing and put an excellent cross into the danger area but Lewis got nowhere near it.  Within seconds the play had switched to the other end, Blundell was in acres of space on the left and his low cross was turned in at the near post by Brown.  Shortly afterwards Michael McIndoe was allowed to dribble into the penalty area but his shot was deflected wide for a corner.
With no bite in attack Harriers were restricted to long range shots, Danny Williams fired one just over the bar and soon afterwards he had another chance from closer in when Warrington dropped Melligan's corner at his feet but his shot was deflected.  Ten minutes from the end Williams had yet another chance, this time with a free kick, but he blasted it over the wall over the goal and over the stand.  The last chance to get some consolation from the game in the last minute, Sean Parrish set Lewis free but his tame effort was easily blocked by Warrington.  Molby can now be in no doubt about the enormity of the task facing him as he looks to turn the team around.
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