Kidderminster Harriers 2(1) v (1)1 Lincoln City

Football League Two - Aggborough - 8 January 2005

Attendance: 2283

Individual Stats
v Lincoln
John Danby 7 0(5)0000[15/1]Alan Marriott 6 0(5)0000
Johnny Mullins 6 00210[6/23]Jamie McCombe 6 3(3)2000
Billy Jones 5 01010[14/4]Ben Futcher 50013(1h)0
Simon Weaver 5 00310[8/5]Paul Morgan 6 00200
Wayne Hatswell 5 00300[22/7]Ciaran Toner 5 1(1)0400
Tom Bennett 6 2(2)1020[24/8]Richard Butcher 5 01120
Lee Jenkins 5 01210[2/14]Matthew Bloomer 5 00110
Simon Russell 7 12210[19]Craig Westcarr 5 1(1)0001
Blair Sturrock 8 2(1)3021[12/27]Gary Taylor-Fletcher 6 01230
Gary Birch 7 1(1)013(1h)1[10/30]Francis Green 5 11133
Dean Keates 7 02141[11/3]Kevin Sandwith 5 00100
Abdou Sall     [5/9]Simon Yeo 5 00011
Chris Beardsley 6 1(1)0001[7/15]Richie Hanlon     
Ian Foster     [16]Michael Blackwood 5 00100
Jamie Gleeson     [18/26]Jack Hobbs     
Daniel Lewis     [1/28]Marcus Richardson 5 01101
Team Stats
  Fouls Conceded Offside Corners Shots On Shots off
Kidderminster Lincoln
16Blair Sturrock Jones' corner from the right was forced in from close range by Sturrock. 7Francis Green Westcarr dispossessed Jones on the right and crossed low to the far post wher Green swept the ball past Danby.
51Simon Russell Bennett spread the ball out to Jones on the left, he played it in to Russell who found Keates and took the return pass before slotting it past Marriott and inside the far post.    
MullinsWeaver HatswellJones
BloomerButcher TonerSandwith
Kidderminster Lincoln
81BeardsleySturrockBeardsley to striker. 64YeoSandwithYeo to striker, Green to left midfield.
    69RichardsonWestcarrRichardson to striker.
    80BlackwoodYeoBlackwood to left midfield, Green to striker, McCombe to striker, Taylor-Fletcher to right midfield, Morgan to right central defender, Bloomer to defensive midfield.  Now 2-5-3.
Kidderminster Lincoln
  Green 35 Foul  
Referee: E. Evans (Manchester)
Match Report by St@tto

A goal in each half was enough for Harriers to come from behind to defeat Lincoln City and earn three vital points in their quest to get out of the relegation zone.

The Imps first ever defeat at Aggborough came as a result of a solid all-round team performance from the home team who, as expected, showed a number of changes from the line-up that lost to Southend in the previous game. Stuart Watkiss was able to restore captain Wayne Hatswell to the team after a four-game ban and new signing Billy Jones came in at left-back for his debut.

City got off to the better start as Harriers, and Jones in particular, were slow to settle.  Johnny Mullins had already made a last-ditch clearance off the line after Craig Westcarr's cross had been deflected onto the crossbar when Jones was caught out by Westcarr who left him for dead and got to the byline on the right before pulling the ball back to the far post where Francis Green arrived late to sweep the ball into the back of the net and give the high-flying visitors a great start.

Harriers were soon back in the thick of the action, however, and when Gary Birch got on the end of a long free kick and tucked it past Alan Marriott in the visitors' goal he thought that he had finally scored his first goal for the club. His celebration was short-lived, though, as the linesman's flag was raised for offside.  The equaliser was not ling in coming; a corner from the right taken by Jones dropped into the heart of the six where Blair Sturrock was on hand to stab in his third goal in five games.

After the early setback of the Lincoln goal Harriers got themselves back into the game well and dominated possession for most of the first half.  They could have gone ahead before the break when Sturrock crossed from the left to Birch but his header was weak and was straight at Marriott.  The best chance of the half fell to Sturrock and was created by the lively Simon Russell who picked up a pass from Lee Jenkins and crossed low to the near post where Sturrock controlled the ball well before turning and hitting a volley straight at the keeper.

There was another early scare just after the break when Jamie McCombe was left in space in the Harriers penalty area but his volley was kept out by John Danby's outstretched leg.  Harriers took the lead five minutes into the second period with one of their best goals of the season so far.  Tom Bennett found Jones on the left who played the ball forward to Russell, a flick over his head found Dean Keates who played it back into his path and he slotted it across Marriott and inside the far post.

Harriers continued to dominate the game and had a number of chances to go further ahead.  Keates and Birch combined to set up a chance for Jones who unexpectedly joined the attack, the ball fell to his wrong foot, however, and his shot went wide.  Chris Beardsley, who was on for Sturrock had a shot tipped over the bar by Marriott.

Lincoln built up some pressure as the game wore on and Harriers had to face a late onslaught.  The visitors, renowned for having a direct style of play, became more attacking; the strikers were switched around, although Simon Yeo was only on the field a short time before getting injured, and even defender McCombe was thrown forward to join the attack.  McCombe went close again in the last ten minutes, once more being denied by an outstretched leg of Danby.  As their attacking became even more frantic a last minute corner led to a header from Ben Futcher that was cleared off the line by Keates and Harriers were able to hold on for a well-deserved victory.