Wycombe Wanderers 3(2) v (0)0 Kidderminster Harriers

Football League Two - Adams Park - 2 April 2005

Attendance: 4608

Individual Stats
v Kidderminster
Frank Talia 500000[1/15]John Danby 500000
Danny Senda 600100[7/8]Simon Weaver 600020
Clint Easton 500000[17/22]Wayne Hatswell 500010
Mike Williamson 601400[6/28]Mark Jackson 5 00020
Roger Johnson 500201[5/6]Johnny Mullins 500210
Rob Lee 500120[27/11]Dean Keates 501010
Gus Uhlenbeek 600310[2/21]Bertrand Cozic 500030
Matt Bloomfield 501420[14/24]Tom Bennett 503110
Steve Claridge 501205[26/7]Chris Beardsley 600011
Nathan Tyson 86(2, 1w) 2204[9/29]Mark Rawle 500140
Joe Burnell 610210[8/23]John McGrath 500430
Ian Stonebridge 502011[10/9]Iyseden Christie 600021
Jonny Dixon 500010[12/10]Gary Birch 501013
Stuart Nethercott     [19/12]Blair Sturrock     
Adrian Caceres 500000[29/14]Billy Jones 600000
Lance Cronin     [31/19]Simon Russell     
Team Stats
  Fouls Conceded Offside Corners Shots On Shots off
Wycombe Kidderminster
25Nathan TysonBurnell played a long ball over the Harriers defence allowing Tyson to get in behind them before firing a shot over Danby and inside the far post.   
36Nathan TysonA long ball through the middle caused confusion in the Harriers defence, Mullins and Hatswell ran into each other allowing the ball to run to Tyson who took it round Danby and rolled it into the empty net.    
67Nathan Tyson The ball was played in from the left, Keates' attempted clearance went to Burnell who rolled it to Tyson to fire home.   
SendaWilliamson JohnsonEaston
UhlenbeekBloomfield LeeBurnell
 Claridge Tyson 
WeaverJackson MullinsHatswell
CozicBennett KeatesMcGrath
 Beardsley Rawle 
Wycombe Kidderminster
16StonebridgeEastonStonebridge to left midfield, Burnell to left back. 46ChristieBeardsleyChristie to striker.
72CaceresClaridgeCaceres to striker.46BirchRawleBirch to striker.
77DixonBurnellDixon to right midfield, Uhlenbeek to left back. 46JonesHatswellJones to left back.
Wycombe Kidderminster
Bloomfield 28 Foul Weaver 69 Foul
McGrath 86 Dissent
Referee: J. Ross (Chingford)
Match Report by St@tto

Harriers' hopes of saving themselves took another major blow when a shocking performance gifted three goals to Wycombe's leading scorer Nathan Tyson while rivals Rushden were beating Yeovil to increase the gap to safety for Harriers to five points.

Despite the disappointing performance and result in the previous game against Mansfield, Stuart Watkiss sent out an unchanged side but chose an attacking bench with no goalkeeper and three strikers and a winger.  The decision to use the same team seemed justified in the early stages as Harriers, backed by a large and noisy contingent of fans, matched their hosts and could have taken the lead after just 12 minutes when a Dean Keates free kick from 25 yards out curled inches wide of Frank Talia's left-hand post.

From then on Harriers' defending fell apart.  Wycombe took the lead on 25 minutes; a long ball from Joe Burnell over the inside left channel put Tyson in behind Jackson and he fired a shot past John Danby in off the near post.  Soon after wards Harriers were caught out again when pushing forward; another long ball over the top put Tyson in again but this time he wasted the chance shooting wide of the far post.  Comedy defending that is usually seen in the park on a Sunday morning gifted the home team a second goal; yet another long ball over the middle saw Johnny Mullins and Wayne Hatswell run into each other trying to clear it, Tyson waited for the loose ball to drop at his feet and he took it around Danby before slotting it into the empty net.

There should have been a third before the interval, the lively Tyson got to the byline on the left and pulled the ball back to the far post where veteran striker Steve Claridge was waiting with the goal gaping before him but somehow he contrived to fire high and wide from three yards out.  A half cleared corner fell to Ian Stonebridge but he shot wide across goal from 20 yards out on the right.

After the break Harriers were just as toothless. They were cut open at the back again on the hour mark; Danny Senda got free on the right and crossed for Tyson who saw his shot saved and when the rebound came back to him he hit the bar.  The third goal was not long in coming and was yet another horrendous one from a Harriers point of view; a cross from the left fell to Dean Keates whose terrible first touch handed it straight to Burnell who rolled it into the path of Tyson who lashed in from close range to complete his hat-trick.

Twenty minutes from time Harriers were saved by the linesman's flag; a long ball over the middle opened Harriers up again, Claridge lobbed it over Danby and ran round him to head it in only to have his effort ruled out for offside. Harriers responded with their one good chance of the afternoon; a long crossfield pass from Billy Jones, on for the ineffective Hatswell, picked out Iyseden Christie on the right, he got to the goalline and pulled the ball back across the face of goal just ahead of the onrushing Gary Birch who should have done better in attempting to reach it. Birch then fired a shot high and wide after Christie and Bertrand Cozic had combined to set him up. At the other end the game ended with Tyson looking for his fourth goal, shooting wide across the face of goal with Jonny Dixon unmarked and better placed.