Kidderminster Harriers 1(0) v (0)0 Cheltenham Town

Football League Two - Aggborough - 5 March 2005

Attendance: 2879

Individual Stats
v Cheltenham
John Danby 60(2)0000[15/1]Shane Higgs 500000
Lee Jenkins 600000[2/15]Jerry Gill 500100
Wayne Hatswell 600010[22/3]Jamie Victory 610300
Mark Jackson 601211[28/23]Gavin Caines 61(1)0220
Johnny Mullins 712100[6]Michael Taylor 500100
Dean Keates 601310[11]Grant McCann 500510
Bertrand Cozic 602020[21/2]Brian Wilson 500001
Tom Bennett 511040[24/8]John Finnigan 501230
Chris Beardsley 600260[7/26]Steve Gillespie 501102
Blair Sturrock 604034[12/9]Steve Guinan 51(1)1011
John McGrath 601000[23/18]Ashley Vincent 510110
Simon Weaver 600000[5/10]Damien Spencer 501022
Billy Jones     [14]David Bird 500000
Simon Russell     [19/17]Kayode Odejayi 500100
Mark Rawle     [29/25]Michael Townsend     
Daniel Lewis     [1/12]Scott Brown     
Team Stats
  Fouls Conceded Offside Corners Shots On Shots off
Kidderminster Cheltenham
48Johnny Mullins A brave diving header from Keates' right wing corner.    
JenkinsJackson MullinsHatswell
CozicBennett KeatesMcGrath
 Beardsley Sturrock 
GillCaines TaylorVictory
WilsonFinnigan McCannVincent
 Gillespie Guinan 
Kidderminster Cheltenham
46WeaverJenkinsWeaver to right back.63SpencerGuinanSpencer to striker.
    64OdejayiVincentOdejayi to left midfield.
    86BirdWilsonBird to right midfield.
Kidderminster Cheltenham
Referee: Phil Joslin (Nottinghamshire)
Match Report by St@tto

Harriers stretched their unbeaten run to three games, and so lifted themselves off the bottom of the league as their rivals both lost, thanks to Johnny Mullins' headed goal two minutes into the second half, their first home win over The Robins since April 1992.

Stuart Watkiss named the same team that drew at Rochdale last weekend, including the substitutes, so Mark Rawle had to wait once more for his first start for the club.  Cheltenham were without both of their former Harriers JJ Melligan and Graham Ward.  Harriers began the game playing in the same solid way that they had at Rochdale and could have taken an early lead if they had been able to convert one of a string of four corners in the first two minutes but they were unable to capitalise.

After the bright start the game began to wane, the weather not helping as a strong breeze and showers of hail punctuated the afternoon, but Harriers continued to dominate possession.  Midway through the half Wayne Hatswell and Dean Keates combined to create an opening for Blair Sturrock, after a great first touch he turned and fired wide across the face of goal.  A deep cross from the right by Bertrand Cozic gave Harriers a great chance to take the lead, Gavin Caines' header only just clearing his own crossbar.  John McGrath also went close with a chip from the edge of the penalty area that was a little too high.

At the interval Simon Weaver replaced Lee Jenkins at right back, the latter struggling with injury.  Harriers took the lead after two minutes of the second period; a Keates corner from the right was met b Mullins who stooped to bravely head past Shane Higgs in the visitors' goal.  The advantage could have been doubled on the hour with a repeat of the move but this time Mullins' header went wide of the near post.  Harriers continued to press and a long ball forward by Weaver set Beardsley on a run towards goal, after battling past a defender the ball fell to Sturrock who somehow managed to shoot wide from just a couple of yards out, the ball seemingly coming off Higgs but the officials didn't see anything and awarded just a goal kick.

At the other end Cheltenham's best chance came twenty minutes from time; a free kick lofted forward by Kayode Odejayi was headed goalwards from the middle of a crowded penalty area but John Danby pulled off a great save to tip it around the post for a corner.  From the resultant corner the ball found Jamie Victory at the far post but his header was blocked by Weaver and harriers were able to clear the danger.  The visitors did manage to get the ball in the Harriers net five minutes from the end but the goal was not allowed to stand as Mark Jackson was fouled by John Finnigan.  In the last minute Harriers almost made the result safe when, following good work by Sturrock by the right-wing corner flag, Cozic cut inside and unleashed a shot that curled just past the far post that would have given him a goal against one of his former clubs.