Macclesfield Town 2(1) v (0)0 Kidderminster Harriers

Football League Two - Moss Rose - 15 January 2005

Attendance: 1949

Individual Stats
v Kidderminster
Alan Fettis 70(4)0000[1/15]John Danby 60(4)0000
Paul Harsley 600310[7/6]Johnny Mullins 600300
Graham Potter 500000[3/14]Billy Jones 500010
Danny Swailes 500210[32/8]Simon Weaver 501110
Dave Morley 61(1)0110[26/22]Wayne Hatswell 62(2)0200
Michael Welch 500320[15/24]Tom Bennett 50101(h)0
Neil MacKenzie 51(1)0100[20/2]Lee Jenkins 500010
Alan Navarro 500010[29/19]Simon Russell 500100
Jon Parkin 72306(1h)5[8/12]Blair Sturrock 51(1)5240
Matthew Tipton 73(2)0122[9/10]Gary Birch 50313(2h)1
Kevin McIntyre 500110[30/11]Dean Keates 51(1)0340
Matthew Carragher     [4/5]Abdou Sall     
John Miles     [10/7]Chris Beardsley 500101
Danny Whitaker 501010[12/16]Ian Foster     
Mike Sheron     [14/23]John McGrath 50011(1h)0
Steve Wilson     [13/1]Daniel Lewis     
Team Stats
  Fouls Conceded Offside Corners Shots On Shots off
Macclesfield Kidderminster
18Matthew Tipton A long ball over the defence caught out Hatswell and Tipton nipped in behind to fire over Danby into the roof of the net.    
54Jon Parkin A missed tackle by Hatswell left Tipton in space on the right, his cross into the centre of the penalty area found the head of an unmarked Parkin.   
Harsley   Potter
 Parkin Tipton 
MullinsWeaver HatswellJones
 Jenkins Keates 
 Sturrock Birch 
Macclesfield Kidderminster
72WhitakerMacKenzie 58BeardsleyRussell 
Macclesfield Kidderminster
  Beardsley 82 Dissent
Sturrock 89 Dissent
Jenkins 89 Serious Foul Play
Referee: G. Laws (Tyne & Wear)
Match Report by St@tto

Once again Harriers failed to follow up a win with another good performance, after their victory over Lincoln in the previous game they gave a very disappointing show and were comfortably beaten by Macclesfield, to rub salt into the wounds Lee Jenkins was sent off in the last minute.

Stuart Watkiss decide to go with the same eleven players who had beaten Lincoln in the previous game, new signing John McGrath had to be content with a place on the bench.  With a strong wind blowing rain into their faces Harriers started the game brightly and could have taken an early lead when Dean Keates' header from a Jenkins cross was well saved by Alan Fettis in the home goal only for the ball to go to Gary Birch who headed over the empty net.

Sloppy defending allowed The Silkmen to take the lead; a long ball out of defence deceived Harriers skipper Wayne Hatswell who allowed Matthew Tipton to get in behind him and lift the ball over John Danby.  The home team were clearly adapting to the conditions better, they had already gone close to opening the scoring when former Harrier Neil MacKenzie had his shot from distance pushed away by Danby.  Macclesfield probably had the best of the possession in the first half, although Harriers created more chances, the two new signings in the Town defence - Danny Swailes and Dave Morley - gave them the strength to withstand most of what Harriers could throw at them.  The Harriers midfield, meanwhile, didn't impose themselves enough on the game, allowing to home team to look far too comfortable.

Harriers had a good chance to level the scores late in the half when Blair Sturrock received the ball just outside the penalty area but curled his shot over the bar and there were a couple of free kicks in dangerous positions that were wasted by Tom Bennett.

Watkiss had clearly had strong words to say to his players at the interval, they came out for the second half in far more determined style but were soon undone by their own sloppiness.  Hatswell challenged Tipton clumsily but the referee waved play on; the Harriers players seemed to pause for the free kick anyway and Tipton ran past Hatswell and crossed to the near post where Jon Parkin headed past Danby.  Harriers made a double substitution sending on McGrath for his debut along with Chris Beardsley and switched to a more attacking 4-3-3 shape to try to get back into the game.

The best spell of the game for Harriers was the last fifteen minutes but they still did not look capable of breaking down the disciplined home defence.  The disappointing Gary Birch ran through the defence on the right but dragged his shot wide of the far post shortly before The Silkmen nearly added a third.  Parkin and Tipton combined on the right with the latter seeing his shot saved at the expense of a corner; from the resultant flag-kick Parkin beat Danby to the ball and headed over him only for Johnny Mullins to clear the ball off the line.

At the other end Jenkins made a good break into the penalty area before pulling the ball back to Birch who miscontrolled it before losing possession.  Then, Hatswell made a surging run from the back and with few options for a pass took the shot himself which nearly deceived Alan Fettis when it took a wicked deflection but the keeper got down to his right well to keep it out.  There was controversy in the last minute of the game when Jenkins brought down Kevin McIntyre ten yards inside the Town half; referee Laws showed the midfielder the red card making him the sixth Harrier this season to receive his marching orders.