Kidderminster Harriers 2(1) v (0)0 Boston United
Football League Division 3 - Aggborough - 8 May 2004
Attendance: 3047

Individual Stats
 OnOffForAg   OnOffForAg 
Stuart Brock 6 0(2)0000[1]Paul Bastock 60(4)0000
Craig Hinton 5 01010[5/20]Lee Beevers 5 10020
Scott Stamps 6 1(1)0110[3]Ben Chapman 5 00120
Abdou Sall 6 00100[2/6]Mark Greaves 5 00220
Wayne Hatswell 6 11200[22/4]Paul Ellender 5 00140
Sean Parrish 6 11100[14/27]David Noble 5 1(w)0120
Matt Gadsby 7 01110[6/16]Simon Rusk 5 00200
Simon Brown 7 2(1)3500[24/9]Steve Melton 5 1(1)0030
John Williams 7 2(1)1340[9/18]Lee Thompson 5 01012
Scott Rickards 5 00200[16/8]Greame Jones 5 01220
Mark Yates1(1)0220[23/14]Danny Thomas 5 1(1)0212
Steve Burton     [4/5]Stuart Balmer 5 00000
Lee Jenkins     [8/11]Mark Angel     
Jesper Christiansen 6 00010[10/15]Dene Cropper     
Chris McHale 5 00010[13/22]Kevan Hurst 5 00000
Adam Murray 5 00100[17/13]Steve Croudson      
Team Stats
  Fouls Conceded Offside Corners Shots On Shots off
Kidderminster 110588
Boston 194742
21 Paul Bastock Simon Brown picked up the ball 25 yards from goal and hit a shot that went in off the post and goalkeeper.      
73 John Williams Gadsby brought the ball forward with a surging run past three defenders before slipping it to Williams on the right who cut inside and drilled a shot to the far post.      
HIntonSall HatswellStamps
Brown   Rickards
BeeversGreaves EllenderChapman
RuskMelton NobleThomas
 Thompson Jones 
55 Christiansen Rickards Christiansen to striker, Williams to right wing, Brown to left wing. 59 Balmer Chapman Balmer to left back.
83 Murray Brown Murray to attacking midfield, Parrish to left central midfield, Yates to central midfield, Williams to striker.  Now 4-3-1-2. 68 Hurst Beevers Hurst to striker, Noble to central midfield, Thomas to left central midfield, Rusk to right back.  Now 4-3-3.
87 McHale Yates McHale to right back, Hinton to central midfield.        
Williams 47 Foul
Stamps 71 Foul
  Ellender 77 Foul
Greaves 78 Foul
Referee: J. Ross
Match Report by St@tto

Harriers' season ended on a winning not with a deserved victory over Boston United at gloomy Aggborough.  Goals in each half from Simon Brown and John Williams were enough to see Harriers home in a game with a real end-of-season feel to it.

Jan Molby made a number of changes to the line-up with the suggestion that some of the players were making their last appearance in a Harriers shirt while also giving a last chance for some of the out-of-contract players to impress.  Stuart Brock returned for the injured John Danby while Abdou Sall came back from suspension and Scott Stamps, Matt Gadsby and Scott Rickards also were recalled.

In a bright start Harriers should have taken the lead as early as the seventh minute when a right wing cross was headed back across goal by Player Of The Season Wayne Hatswell and turned over the bar by Williams.  The game soon began to degenerate, however, and although Harriers dominated possession they did very little with it until the 21st minute when they took the lead out of the blue.  Simon Brown picked up the ball 25 yards from goal and struck a shot that beat Paul Bastock in the United goal but hit the post and rebounded into the net off the keeper.  Soon afterwards Harriers could have doubled their advantage when Stamps and Williams combined on the left with Stamps following up to take the return pass only to drive his shot straight at Bastock.

United began to get themselves into the game and went close to an equaliser when David Nobles free kick deflected off the defensive wall and onto the crossbar with Brock beaten.  Then, in the last minute of the half Steve Melton was put in on the left but his attempted lob was weak and Brock was able to tip it over for a corner.

The second half got worse; Harriers continued to enjoy the greater share of possession but still there was little end product.  It was not until midway through the half that there was any action of note; Jesper Christiansen, on for the ineffective Rickards, ran on to a ball through the middle holding off the challenge of Stuart Balmer, who seemed keen to take his shirt, and knocked the ball sideways to Brown who saw his chip held onto by Bastock.  Shortly afterwards a good passing move on the right wing ended with Gadsby whipping in an inviting cross from the right that just evaded the head of Sean Parrish.

The second goal came during this spell of Harriers pressure and was down to the determination of Gadsby.  The midfielder picked up the ball near half-way and ran at the heart of the Boston defence beating several defenders before picking out Williams in support on the right, the striker cut inside and hit a left-foot shot that went just inside Bastock's right-hand post.

As the game and the season drew to a close Harriers could have added to their advantage at the death; Williams made a good run through the middle and set up Parrish who saw his 20-yard drive flash just over the bar and then in the last minute Christiansen received a log ball out of defence and turned and set Williams free on the right, his pace took him away from his marker and he hit a good shot that Bastock did well to hold.

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