Kidderminster Harriers 0(0) v (0)1 Grays Athletic

FA Trophy Round 2 - Aggborough - 14 January 2006

Attendance: 1456

Individual Stats
v Grays
John Danby 50(1)0000[1]Ashley Bayes 70(4)0000
Wayne Graves 600120[17/2]Andy Sambrook 600220
Wayne Hatswell 600120[5/3]John Nutter 501100
Mark Jackson 500130[4/20]Cameron Mawer 500020
Johnny Mullins 501100[24/26]Christian Hanson 600310
Terry Fleming 500100[8/6]Stuart Thurgood 501210
Marc Pugh 600030[26/14]Michael Kightly 61(1)0200
Russ Penn 501040[20/8]Gary Hooper 512101
Gareth Sheldon 61(1)2220[14/9]Tony Battersby 501020
Iyseden Christie 91(1)2520[9/11]Aaron McLean 63(1w)0312
Michael Blackwood 600010[11/10]John Martin 50023(1h)0
Patrick Flynn     [2/12]Tom Williamson     
Lee Thompson 51(1)0000[10/18]Joe Bruce     
Laurie Wilson     [12/23]Glenn Poole     
Simon Russell 51(1)0000[15/25]Jamie Slabber 502310
Daniel Lewis     [13/16]Nicky Eyre     
Team Stats
  Fouls Conceded Offside Corners Shots On Shots off
Kidderminster Grays
   90+Aaron McLean 
GravesJackson MullinsHatswell
PughPenn FlemingBlackwood
 Sheldon Christie 
SambrookMawer HansonNutter
Kidderminster Grays
77RussellBlackwoodRussell to left midfield.60SlabberKightlySlabber to left midfield, Thurgood to right central midfield, McLean to right midfield.  Now 4-4-2.
85ThompsonPughThompson to striker, Sheldon to right midfield.     
Kidderminster Grays
Jackson 47 Foul
Sheldon 86 Foul
Penn 90+ Foul
 McLean 88 Foul 
Referee: Rob Lewis (Shropshire)
Match Report by St@tto

For the second time in the season Harriers were denied at the death by a Grays injury time goal, Aaron McLean's header winning the game two minutes into time added on to send the holders through to the next round of the FA Trophy.

Earlier in the season John Danby's own goal five minutes into stoppage time had given Grays a point when the teams met in a league game and it was their never-say-die attitude that won them the game this time round.  Mark Yates' home debut as manager had looked set for goalless stalemate after an afternoon of little sparkle or goalmouth action and the tie seemed destined for a replay until McLean's late intervention.

Before the game had started Yates had sprung a surprise by handing a rare start to Wayne Graves; he came in for the suspended Daryl Burgess, taking Johnny Mullins' place at right back with Mullins moving into the centre of the defence.  Graves saw plenty of action in the early stages of the game as the visitors had the best of the opening exchanges and could have taken a crucial early lead.  Fortunately for Harriers the defence stood firm with most of them prepared to throw bodies in the way to keep their goal intact; a cross from Michael Kightly found McLean at the far post and his header was cleared off the line by Mark Jackson.  Midway through the half a scramble in the Harriers penalty area ended with Gary Hooper's shot being blocked and hacked away to safety.  Harriers' best effort of the half was a rehearsed free kick that ended with Gareth Sheldon's shot being straight at Grays keeper Ashley Bayes.

Harriers were better after the break and had a good chance early on; Marc Pugh made a strong run through the visiting defence from midfield before finding Iyseden Christie on the right, Christie got to the goalline and pulled the ball back to Pugh but he was tackled by Christian Hanson just as he was about to shoot.  Hanson was the saviour for Grays again moments later when he headed away from Russ Penn just as he was about to connect with Wayne Hatswell's left-wing cross.  Christie's luck was not in in this match, on one occasion he skied one shot high over the bar, the ball bobbling up just as he hit it, and then he volleyed Hatswell's free kick wide from the edge of the penalty area.

At the other end Grays were still creating chances but luckily for Harriers their shooting was wayward; substitute Jamie Slabber curled one wide of the far post from the corner of the penalty area on the left and Hooper's flick header from Stuart Thurgood's free kick floated over the bar.

In the closing stages Harriers had their best chances; Christie fed the ball through to Simon Russell, who had just come on in place of Michael Blackwood, but his shot was weak and straight at Bayes.  In the last minute Penn made a surging run through the middle before sliding the ball into the path of Lee Thompson but, again, his shot was weak and straight at the goalkeeper.  In between these two efforts Grays had gone close again with Thurgood setting up Slabber who lobbed his shot over the bar.

In stoppage time Slabber got to the byline on the left and pulled the ball back to McLean whose shot beat John Danby but came back off the bar.  The respite was short-lived, however, as Andy Sambrook crossed from the right to the near post where McLean guided his header into the far corner to win the game.