Kidderminster Harriers 0(0) v (2)5 Grays Athletic

Football Conference National - Aggborough - 28 March 2006

Attendance: 1220

Individual Stats
v Grays
John Danby 20(1)001(p)0[1]Ashley Bayes 80(5)0000
Johnny Mullins 501120[24/2]Andy Sambrook 600020
Jonny Harkness 500000[5/3]John Nutter 500210
Simon Rea 500110[4/26]Christian Hanson 500100
Daryl Burgess 500000[6/4]Jamie Stuart 500010
Terry Fleming 61(1)1110[8/19]Ade Olayinka 501101
Gareth Sheldon 500230[14/17]Michael Kightly 610000
Russ Penn 500310[20/6]Stuart Thurgood 610310
Simon Russell 73(3)0011[15/7]Dennis Oli 73(1, 1w)0221
Jon Newby 501101[23/11]Aaron McLean 500135
Michael Blackwood 500000[11/23]Glenn Poole 612100
Jake Sedgemore     [7/8]Gary Hooper 610001
Lee Thompson 51(1)2020[10/12]Tom Williamson 500000
Michael McGrath     [18]Joe Bruce     
Gavin Hurren 501210[21]Mark de Bolla 5002(1p)11
Daniel Lewis     [13/16]Nicky Eyre     
Team Stats
  Fouls Conceded Offside Corners Shots On Shots off
Kidderminster Grays
   6Dennis Oli  
   32Michael Kightly 
   47Glenn Poole 
   71Stuart ThurgoodPenalty
   89Gary Hooper 
MullinsRea BurgessHarkness
SheldonPenn FlemingBlackwood
 Russell Newby 
SambrookHanson StuartNutter
KightlyThurgood OlayinkaPoole
 Oli McLean 
Kidderminster Grays
30  Russell to right midfield, Sheldon to striker.62de BollaKightlyde Bolla to striker, Oli to right midfield.
36HurrenBurgessHurren to left central defender.72HooperOliHooper to right midfield.
46ThompsonHarknessThompson to striker, Sheldon to left midfield, Blackwood to left back.78WilliamsonMcLeanWilliamson to right midfield, Hooper to striker.
Kidderminster Grays
Mullins 47 Foul
Danby 71 Foul
Hurren 90 Foul
 McLean 67 Foul 
Referee: K. Evans (Manchester)
Match Report by St@tto

Harriers followed up their humiliation by Aldershot Town in their last home by capitulating to their worst home defeat for 32 years at the hands of play-off chasing Grays Athletic.

In October 1974 Worcester City won a Border Counties League game 7-0 at Aggborough and not since have Harriers lost by a margin greater than four.  Luke Reynolds was missing through injury and his place in attack was taken by Simon Russell but otherwise it was the same team that had beaten Hereford United at the weekend.

It started promisingly for Harriers when Simon Russell burst through the visitors' defence in the second minute but his run was blocked before he could get his shot away.  Harriers were soon ruing the wasted opportunity, however, as Grays took the lead shortly afterwards; John Danby was at fault, his attempted clearance hit Dennis Oli who was quicker to react as the ball spun across the face of the penalty area and poked it home.

Grays looked dangerous every time they attacked; they could have gone further ahead midway through the half when Gareth Sheldon sliced an attempted clearance straight to Oli who headed against the bar.  The second goal arrived just past the half-hour and was helped by another slice of poor defending.  Aaron McLean had the ball in the centre of the field and slipped it wide to Michael Kightly on the right  where Jonny Harkness was nowhere to be seen, Kightly advanced on goal and fired across Danby and inside the far post.

At the other end Jon Newby jinked his way into the penalty area on the right but then fired into the side netting.  Then, Russell and Sheldon combined to create an opening for Terry Fleming but he headed straight at Ashley Bayes in the Grays goal.  A Harkness free kick from deep on the left late in the half could have got Harriers back into the game but Gavin Hurren directed his free header over the bar.

Early in the second half the game was effectively over when Grays scored their third.  Johnny Mullins brought down Oli just outside the penalty area and Glenn Poole' free-kick beat the wall but took a wicked deflection sending Danby the wrong way and nestling the ball in the bottom corner of the net.

Lee Thompson had a great chance for Harriers who were creating a lot without really troubling the visitors; Russ Penn's cross from the right found the striker who saw his header kept out by a great reflex save by Bayes.  Michael Blackwood carried the ball forward out of defence and found Russell on the right soon afterwards but his shot was saved.

Harriers' misery was made worse twenty minutes from the end when Danby brought down Mark de Bolla in the penalty area; Stuart Thurgood stepped up to take the penalty and sent Danby the wrong way to make it 4-0.  Thompson's attempt four minutes later summed up Harriers' night as it went both high and wide from 20 yards out.

In the closing minutes Poole hit a dipping shot that went narrowly over the bar with Danby beaten but the Grays were still not done and added a fifth in the last minute; Gary Hooper ran through the middle of the defence with Hurren trailing in his wake before drilling his shot past Danby.