Kidderminster Harriers 1(1) v (0)3 Mansfield Town

Football League Two - Aggborough - 28 March 2005

Attendance: 3237

Individual Stats
v Mansfield
John Danby 40(1)0000[15/1]Kevin Pilkington 50(2)011(p)0
Simon Weaver 600000[8/7]Alex Neil 500200
Wayne Hatswell 600010[22/2]Scott McNiven 500100
Mark Jackson 61002(1h)0[28/15]Alex John-Baptiste 600110
Johnny Mullins 600210[6/16]Jake Buxton 500130
Dean Keates 601040[11]Giles Coke 500320
Bertrand Cozic 61(1)0010[21/26]Fraser McLachlan 500200
Tom Bennett 601110[24/12]Simon Brown 72(1)4101
Chris Beardsley 6004(1p)5(1h)1[7/29]Richie Barker 720214
Mark Rawle 610100[29/6]Adam Rundle 500002
John McGrath 61(1)3120[23/22]Callum Lloyd 501000
Iyseden Christie 601012[9/5]Rhys Day 500300
Gary Birch 500010[10/14]Andrew Barrowman 510011
Billy Jones     [14/19]Austin McIntosh     
Simon Russell 500000[19/24]Daniel Herron     
Daniel Lewis     [1/13]Jason White     
Team Stats
  Fouls Conceded Offside Corners Shots On Shots off
Kidderminster Mansfield
41Mark RawleBennett won he ball in midfield and carried it forward before feeding it to Rawle on his left who lashed a stinging shot into the top corner of the net from the edge of the penalty area. 48Richie BarkerA ball through the inside right channel beat the offside trap and Barker drilled a low shot inside the near post.
   51Simon BrownA quick counter-attack left Brown clear on the right, he took the ball around Danby and rolled it into the empty net.
   85Richie BarkerRundle's free kick from near the corner flag on the right to the far post was headed in by an unchallenged Barker.
WeaverJackson MullinsHatswell
CozicBennett KeatesMcGrath
 Beardsley Rawle 
NeilJohn-Baptiste BuxtonMcNiven
Brown   Rundle
Kidderminster Mansfield
58ChristieRawleChristie to striker. 46DayNeilDay to right central defender, John-Baptiste to left central defender, Buxton to right back.
71RussellCozicRussell to right midfield. 46BarrowmanLloydBarrowman to striker, Rundle to left midfield, Coke to right central midfield, McLachlan to left central midfield, Brown to right midfield.  Now 4-4-2.
83BirchHatswellbirch to striker, Jackson to central defender, Weaver to right central defender.  Now 3-4-3.     
Kidderminster Mansfield
Beardsley 55 Foul Pilkington 42 Foul
Barrowman 87 Dissent
Referee: L. Probert (Gloucestershire)
Match Report by St@tto

Harriers' charge towards safety was brought to a shuddering halt by three second half goals from visiting Mansfield after the home team had been cruising at 1-0 up going into the break.

A typical game of two halves saw Harriers, showing Tom Bennett in for the suspended Lee Jenkins as the only change from the side that won at Darlington at the weekend, dominate the first half but come to regret missed opportunities and then indiscipline after the break saw them hand the advantage to the visitors.

A dour first half started brightly, John McGrath flashed a shot across the Town goal in the first minute and soon afterwards the Harriers defence was caught out by a long ball over the top, former Harrier Simon Brown raced clear but fired his shot straight at John Danby in the Harriers goal.  The game soon became scrappy; perhaps the pressure of knowing that they could climb out of the relegation zone with a victory got to the home team and affected their performance.  It was not until four minutes before the interval, when Harriers took the lead, that the match came back to life.  Bennett intercepted a pass in midfield and carried the ball forward before sliding a pass into the path of Mark Rawle on the left who lashed a shot into the top corner of the net for his second goal in as many games.

With the home support still celebrating the goal, Harriers had the opportunity to take complete control of the game; chasing a long ball Chris Beardsley was brought down by Mansfield keeper Kevin Pilkington, winning a penalty. Dean Keates stepped forward to take the kick and even though he sent Pilkington the wrong way he screwed his shot horribly wide of the keeper's left-hand post.  In stoppage time there was a scare for the home team when Richie Barker flicked on a right-wing throw to Brown who shot wide of the near post.

After the break the game came to life; a mistake by Pilkington let in Beardsley, his cross was half cleared but his second attempt found Bertrand Cozic who headed straight at the keeper.  Moments later Harriers began to fall apart; chasing another long ball Beardsley clashed with Pilkington which sparked a minor contretemps, Beardsley fired up against one of hid former clubs.  From the free kick Mansfield switched play quickly to the other end, Barker beat the offside trap and rifled a low shot inside the near post.  Three minutes later another quick attack gave Mansfield the lead; Brown taking the ball round Danby and rolling it into the empty net.  There was almost a third goal in six minutes for Mansfield; Brown got away on the right and crossed low to the near post where sub Andrew Barrowman, on loan from Birmingham, chipped it over Danby but Simon Weaver was on the line to clear.

Harriers tried to get back into the game; Jackson had a header blocked and when the ball was played back into the danger area Alex John-Baptiste made a crucial last ditch tackle to deny Iyseden Christie.  A Weaver pass through the inside-right channel was dummied by Christie but just evaded the run of Keates into the penalty area.  McGrath also went close with a 25-yard volley that went narrowly wide of Pilkington's right-hand post.

As Harriers' attempts became more frantic they finally had the ball in the net; a high ball into the penalty area was dropped by Pilkington under pressure from Beardsley and Christie turned it in from close range but the goal was ruled out because Beardsley had used his hand to knock the ball away from the keeper.  At the death Jackson needlessly handled the ball near the corner flag and from the resultant free kick Adam Rundle floated the ball to the far post where Barker rose unchallenged to head in the third, and final, goal.